AFTER 14 years of competing at the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod, Krystel Spark is now inspiring the next generation of young singers.

This year the singing teacher had 19 entries in the annual competition, including a 30-piece children's choir.

"I have always loved eisteddfods, which is why I haven't missed one since I was six," she said.

"I was a bit sad to finish, but at the same time I am so thrilled to now offer these wonderful and enriching opportunities to my own students and choir."

Ms Spark said balancing work experience, university study and teaching her students required a lot of organisation.

"It's worth it. A lot of my students have really improved and the eisteddfod has been such a positive experience for them," she said.

"I love teaching. I am really proud of my students and it's been great to see them grow."

TOP TEACHER: Krystel Spark with students from left, Jenson White, Georgia Williams, Addison Ridley, Kirrarlyn Strudwick, Carter Gregory and Elaina Mollenhauer.
TOP TEACHER: Krystel Spark with students from left, Jenson White, Georgia Williams, Addison Ridley, Kirrarlyn Strudwick, Carter Gregory and Elaina Mollenhauer. David Nielsen

Over the years Ms Spark has won an impressive number of awards including the Gladys Payne Memorial Award, Senior Championship, Intermediate Championship, Junior Championship as well as the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Bursaries.

"I hope to continue my strong affiliations with the eisteddfod and am sure I will have many more years to come as a teacher and mentor," she said.

"There's a lot of talent in Ipswich that's for sure."

 



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