FROM THE HEART: Brett Briggs of CATS with Claremont Special School students, performing the new school song
FROM THE HEART: Brett Briggs of CATS with Claremont Special School students, performing the new school song Gary Worrall

Claremont Special School song lands award

A SIMPLE song capturing the spirit of Claremont Special School has won second prize in a national short film competition.

The song, developed by senior students working with Brett Briggs of disability support group CATS Inc includes the four elements of the school's behavioural code, said teacher Johan Venter.

Mr Venter made a short film documentary of the making of the school song and this film has been announced as runner up in the Nova Employment "Focus on Ability”. The film will be screened in Sydney and New York and was one of 76 entries from Australia and New Zealand.

Claremont Special School Principal Ms Trish Thiedeman said the school is delighted with their new song.

"We are very proud of our new school song. It truly represents our school and the process of creating the song involved our students in a meaningful way,” said Ms Thiedeman.

Mr Venter said CATS does a project with the senior groups at the school, and he was looking to send an entry to the short film festival.

"We had written a class song, and I wanted to write a school song, so we approached CATS, Brett was already working at the school, so we were able to get together,” Mr Venter said.

Over the course of four sessions, Mr Briggs and the students, working with Claremont music teacher Sheralyn Packer, developed the song, with Mr Briggs providing advice on beat, melodies and rhythm.

"The kids added the words as we went along, the song took its own form,” Mr Briggs said.

The song was adopted by the whole school, Mr Venter said, and is sung at every school assembly.

"It incorporates sign language, so the whole school is able to join in.”



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