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The BlueScope Performance Studio at RPP FM local radio station in Mornington was filled with excitement this week when local primary school children recorded a Christmas CD.

A total of 36 children from Woodlands, Mornington Park, Somerville Rise, Kingsley Park, Rosebud and Frankston Heights Primary Schools performed a number of traditional and modern Christmas Carols including Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Jingle Bell Rock for the CD.

Woodlands PS Assistant Principal Michael Block said, “The aim is to give children a full recording experience.”

He added, “I would like to thank the music teachers and helpers for their support, advice and talent, and to RPP FM Station Manager, Brendon Telfer and Production Manager Steve Meyers for giving our children this wonderful opportunity.”

Brendon Telfer was delighted to offer this great facility for kids to record saying, “It’s a super project and the kids were great and hopefully this will be the start of an annual effort. We have been working on this project for months and fantastic to see it all happen in the BlueScope Performance Studio at RPP FM.”

The project is also a great ‘platform’ to develop links between Peninsula schools and work with our local radio station.

Music Director Malcolm Boag wishes to congratulate everyone concerned for a terrific recording session adding, “The kids were a credit to all schools and the RPP FM studio and recording facilities are excellent.”

The Christmas CD is available for a $10 donation from the Primary Schools involved and RPP FM Radio Station, 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington. Funds raised will be directed to the State Schools’ Relief charitable organisation that assists needy students attending government schools in Victoria with school clothing and footwear.

Michael Block and Rosebud PS Principal, Tony Short oversee the production of the RPP FM program, Kidz Hour which airs every Monday. Children from six local Primary Schools (mentioned above) produce their own weekly radio program and broadcast live-to-air. Tony said, “It’s great for building confidence and empowering children to ‘have a say’ and put their thoughts and opinions forward.”

Each year approximately 200 children gain experience from this wonderful project which has been running on the RPP FM airways for over 10 years. Bev Dadds, Mornington Park PS Principal and students have set up their own studio at their School which is testament to their dedication and passion for radio.

Tune in every Monday at 12 midday for Kidz Hour, a great informative program about school activities and events and discuss topical issues.

Words Debra Mar

Photography Rab Siddhi

Pictured L-R Back Row: Miki (Somerville Rise PS), Liam (Woodlands PS), Max (Mornington Park), Bree (Frankston Heights) L-R Front Row: Kayla (Kingsley Park PS), Madi (Rosebud PS)