St John’s College students in Prep to Year 12 are banding together to write an original song in support of Kids Helpline and World Children’s Day being celebrated on October 27.
The project aims to bring awareness to mental health issues amongst students across Australia during the current pandemic. The project will also highlight the Kids Helpline service.
Within Victoria and across Australia, student mental health and wellbeing is being severely negatively impacted by the pandemic lockdown.
The St John’s College students will be launching an original song with encouraging, supportive and caring words for students all over Australia who may not be feeling ok.
Students wrote the song in recognition of RUOK? Day on September 9. The school’s Performing Arts Coordinator, Ms Shanti Pradhan, and our piano teacher, Mr Huw Gregory, provided the original music.
The song will be performed by students, teachers, family members and even pets. It will be recorded remotely and then launched on World Children’s Day Australia on October 27, 2021.
With increased levels of student stress, anxiety and depression, this song allows St John’s College students to give a message of love and support to other young Australians.
According to the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services, “music therapy can be effective in meeting the diverse psycho-social needs of children through song writing and improvisation.”
“[Music therapy] can offer opportunities for self-expression and communication. It can also help children identify their strengths, enabling them to maintain a sense of self-esteem and dignity.”
St John’s College is a Prep to Year 12 Independent, Co-educational, Christian Orthodox School in the Northern Suburbs (Preston) of Melbourne.