Above: St Joseph's Celtic band members Amy Young and Elijah van Galen
IT WAS a shared interest in Irish songs between staff and students that saw the formation of St Joseph's very own Celtic band four years ago.
While the other kids are enjoying their Friday lunch, the band has been busy practising for its slot in the line-up at this weekend's National Celtic Festival at Portarlington.
Under the keen eye of music teacher Amy Young, the band has gone from casual lunchtime jam sessions to performing for the festival masses.
"We've got a good bunch of kids now. At one point it was more staff than students," she said.
"This is our third time now at Portarlington." The band has 10 members, with students from Years 8 to 11 involved.
Ms Young said the group usually attracted new members, many who had never been exposed to Celtic music before, after playing the mid-year concert.
Year 8 student Elijah van Galen was one of those students. Joining the band towards the end of Year 7 as a modern flute, Irish flute and tin whistle player, Elijah had never picked up even a standard flute before coming to the school.
"Celtic music is fun to play, and it's a bit more advanced than other things," he said.
Ms Young said the band had been performing gigs around town to prepare for the festival. "We've been going hard at it since the start of the year. Most of the students come into the group not playing Celtic music before." St Joseph's College isn't the only school involved with the festival this year.
Year 1-2 students at Portarlington Primary School have been collecting old bottles for their contribution to the weekend's festivities.
Art teacher Tim O'Hara said the students were excited to be supporting the Enchanted Tree workshop, in which children turn plastic e bottles into flower-shaped solar lights, which will be attached to trees around the festival.
From: Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC by jaimee wilkens06 Jun 2018
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