Gifted musicians receive the tools to shine bright
FINN Clarke, Taya Sallur and their classmates have been given an opportunity to show where they shine after St Mary's Catholic School received a grant to restore their musical equipment.
Last week, Warrego MP Ann Leahy announced six community groups for the Charleville region would share $126,917 in funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
St Mary's Catholic School Parents and Friends Association successfully secured $12,000 for the purchase of musical equipment.
St Mary's Catholic School principal Michael Ward said it was an amazing result and it went back to the work put in via their P&F association.
"A lot of the instruments we've got are really starting to show signs of wear and tear and they're getting quite dated, so this will provide the students with quality instruments,” he said.
"It becomes another incentive for them to take on a music program or pick up another instrument.
"The more quality instruments we have, the more inclined the kids are going to be engaged so it will make a huge difference to our music program.”
Mr Ward said a lot of focus was on sport these days so it was vital that the performing arts got funding too.
"I think a music program is important to all schools out west and at St Mary's we really treasure it,” he said.
"It's another opportunity for these kids not to miss out.
"There are students that might not always be inclined towards sport but now they have the opportunity to show where they shine and we value that very highly and that is why having this grant now is going to lift the whole school.”
Mr Ward said he couldn't wait to see some success stories from the west.
"It's a great result and the next part of the process will be prioritising how we are going to spend this money on the instruments.”