Celebration Day

Rachel Whealy
| October 9, 2020

We are getting very excited as Celebration Day draws closer!

We hope you are enjoying preparing the 2020 Program Song ‘You Wont Bring Us Down’ for performance, and are using the vast array of resources, arrangements and song versions provided to help you find ways around the difficulties posed by Covid.

As you know, Celebration Day brings together hundreds of thousands of school children from all over Australia as they connect via livestream to perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time!

How does it Work?
We will send you a web address to connect to the livestream in the days leading up to the event, please make sure you have a digital screen available. Celebration Day begins with 30 mins pre-performance entertainment (pre-cut footage), showing how your students have engaged with the program and program song. (We are calling for this footage soon per below). We then invite you to join us in a ’10 second countdown’ before launching into the 1st performance of the song ‘You Wont Bring Us Down’.

In 2020, with an emphasis on themes of INCLUSION and RESILIENCE, there will be 3 versions of the song performed (one after the other) as follows:

  • Performance 1 – The Program Song (Lead by Cairns Schools, QLD)
  • Performance 2 – Auslan Translation of the Song (Lead by RIDBC Thomas Pattison School, NSW)
  • Performance 3 – Indigenous Language (Wajarri) version of the song – ‘Yamatji Remix’ (Lead by schools of the Yamatji Region, WA)

We encourage schools to participate in all 3 versions, any one version, or any other version of the Program Song as works best for them and their school, and is in accordance with local health advice. For those schools unable to sing, we encourage you to perform the Auslan Translation, or choose from the plethora of ensemble arrangementsavailable to you eg Big Band, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Ukulele  Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Boomwhackers, Percussion Ensemble, Marimaba Ensemble, Bucket Drums, Stick Percussion.


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