SING ALONG: Burnett Heads State School's Lachlan Phillis, Patrick Dromgold teacher Shontelle Lewis, Kassidy Pollitt, Callum Kruger, Jamie Barr and teacher Jodie Hack participated in Hands Across Australia Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
SING ALONG: Burnett Heads State School's Lachlan Phillis, Patrick Dromgold teacher Shontelle Lewis, Kassidy Pollitt, Callum Kruger, Jamie Barr and teacher Jodie Hack participated in Hands Across Australia Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

Burnett Heads students rap

STUDENTS from Burnett Heads State Primary School are preparing to enter the CREATivE CHANGE GenerationOne School Competition for the chance to win $15,000.

The GenerationOne movement's goal is to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.

The competition encourages primary schools to perform and film their own version of the GenerationOne theme song Hands Across Australia, to inspire their response to indigenous disparity.

Burnett Heads primary teacher Jodie Hack said they decided to become involved to show their students they can support others in the community.

"They will become more aware of issues around them and support our school's Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives plan," Ms Hack said.

"We started by listening, discussing and learning the song and we came together at the end of last term and wrote our rap sections.

"The project gets them to learn how to work in a team and the boys really enjoyed dancing to the rap."

Burnett Heads primary teacher Shontelle Lewis said what really struck her was students who don't normally get up and do things in the group suddenly became engaged.

"They started participating more," Mrs Lewis said.

"It was really good watching that.

"When I said we were doing a video clip, they all thought it was glamorous like on TV. They were surprised how much hard work it was making the music clip and that there was actually a message in the songs."

The nine to 10 year old students taking on the project also discussed indigenous issues.

"This radiates out to their parents and the community too," Mrs Lewis said.

The People's Choice Award will be open for public voting via the GenerationOne website on October 29 and the winners will be announced on November 15.

GenerationOne spokesman Jeremy Donovan believes the competition will give young people an opportunity to use their voice to end the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

"We are all so excited to see how creative the young people of Australia can be in the competition," he said.

All Australian schools have received a CREATivE CHANGE pack.

Last year's competition attracted more than 3000 registrations from schools all over Australia.

For more information go to generationone.org.au.



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