JOSH ARNOLD - SMALL TOWN CULTURE
WOW!! What a week it has been. When planning the 2017 School Calendar, the Josh Arnold (Small Town Culture) songwriting experience was identified as one of the true features/highlights for the year. Certainly, those sentiments rang true with the arrival of Josh on Thursday. It is fair to say, the visit created a tremendous amount of ‘hype’ and ‘zing’ to our already vibrant school community!!
The purpose of Josh’s visit was twofold: For children in Years 4 – 6 to generate ideas and collaboratively draft an ‘OLSH School Song’ in which the children will sing to, perform and then produce as a film clip. Children in Prep – Year 3 on the other hand, were gifted the task of collaboratively generating ideas and collaboratively writing a song of significance to OLSH which will also be recorded.
I’m sure the kids will acknowledge the songwriting caper is not as easy as it looks, it’s extremely challenging: requiring creativity, imagination and persistence. However, to say I am proud of the students in this project would be a gross understatement. The students and Josh, worked tirelessly on the lyrics over two days to create two amazing songs. The school song, titled ‘Living Our Lady’s Way’ can be best described (by Josh) as an epic song with deep and profound lyrics. While, in contrast, ‘The Sacred Space’ composed by the Prep – Year 3 is fun and bubbly!!
In my opinion, the students of OLSH have created a masterpiece, something to be cherished and treasured forever. It is something symbolic of the lives in which they live. It tells the story of our school, our culture and what we strive to live by. It tells the story of our kids and their place in the community. It also portrays the special and unique characteristics each one of our children possess that contribute to ‘Living Our Lady’s Way’. I guess it’s one of the reasons why Josh labeled these songs some of the deepest and thought provoking that he has written!!
Next Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th Josh will return to Springsure to wrap up recording and filming, with the clips expected to be released in early March. Be sure to flick through the Newsletter to have a look at the lyrics of each song!!