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Musical maestro visits Holy Name to create new sound

Holy Name Primary School

Creative skills: Students from Holy Name Primary School, Toowoomba, with musical creator Josh Arnold.

WELL-known for his work with small-town schools, musician Josh Arnold had a change of scenery when he collaborated with a small school in a big town – Holy Name Primary School, Toowoomba.

In a process he has refined into a work of art, Mr Arnold has been collaborating with the students of Holy Name to produce a song that is unique to the school community. 

Under the tutelage of arts teacher Rachel Coggan, the school’s choir has been building towards this since the start of the year. 

The students were involved in the creative process right from the start. 

Mr Arnold worked with a group of students to write a song called Aussie Kids. 

The song, written by the students, for the students, reflects the school multiculturalism and is a call to stand together as Aussie kids, regardless of their backgrounds. 

Mr Arnold’s collaboration with schools throughout Australia through his Small Town Culture body of work has so far included more than 70 school songs, nine anthems written for Australian towns and about 100 music videos. 

The song that the students of Holy Name have produced makes up part of the Walk Together series which features many local Toowoomba Catholic, state and independent schools. 

The final performance will feature on the Small Town Culture YouTube channel. 

A spokesperson said the students were grateful for this experience and the chance to work with the Golden Guitar winner.

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