Rockingham high school sings to its own tune

Elisia SeeberSound Telegraph
Rockingham Senior High School students Emmily Robert-O'Hara, 14, Ben Seddon, 16, and Teegan Cook, 15, helped create the school song.
Camera IconRockingham Senior High School students Emmily Robert-O'Hara, 14, Ben Seddon, 16, and Teegan Cook, 15, helped create the school song. Credit: Sound Telegraph

The values, achievements, and unique programs of Rockingham Senior High School have been brought together in song.

Year 11 1A music course students and the choir had the microphones out last term to record the school's first song aimed at creating a sense of tradition and belonging.

Students created the song in consultation with the community and artist in residence Matt Gresham.

RSHS music teacher Matt Burke said Gresham spent the term working with students under the Arts Edge Artist in Residence grant.

He said students spent time researching other anthems, discussing what made the school unique, and working on instrumentation in prepar- ation of writing and recording the song.

RSHS head of arts Tegan Gough said the song was consistent with the school's values of learning, excellence, equity and care with reference to its sporting success and maritime program.

"I think it is important in terms of the school having an identity and tradition and something for the students to be proud of," she said.

"It is really good, something the kids can relate to, not something archaic to sing at assemblies, it is actually going to have some meaning to them."

Mrs Gough said having Gresham involved helped students build confidence and gain insight into how a music professional works.

Student Ben Seddon, 16, said he thought the song was really creative.

"Most school songs drone on and you don't want to sing it, but this is like any other song you'd like to listen to," he said.

Only becoming involved in singing three years ago, Ben said it was fun to help record the song.

"I had never recorded a song, so it was a good first experience," he said.

The school song was launched on September 23.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails