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ARIA award for Wilcannia Central School Teacher

22 December, 2020

A music teacher at Wilcannia Central School has won the 2020 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award, for a project that was a collaboration with Wilcannia River Radio.

Sarah Donnelley was nominated for her sensational rendition of From Little Things, Big Things Grow, originally by Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly.

The song was rewritten to capture the COVID-19 lockdown experience in Wilcannia, and students from kindergarten to year 6 were filmed singing along for an online video that went viral.

Wilcannia River Radio helped coordinate the project, while broadcasting the song on the station for everyone to hear.

During the pandemic, the station also took on the responsibility of being a key distributor of official information during the pandemic, providing details on important updates and health warnings.

Lessons were also broadcast over the radio, as most of the students could not access reliable phone and internet services from home.

We are incredibly proud of Sarah and everyone who was involved in creating the From Little Things, Big Things Grow video. 

Sarah accepted the award via Zoom, wearing a dress that was handmade by her students.

This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.


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