The School looks forward to 'putting something so rare and beautiful to very good use'
Tamborine Mountain State School won ABC Classic FM's Grab the Goanna competition which is held every four years and invites primary schools in Australia to enter a competition to win a baby grand piano.
The winning announcement of the package worth around $43,000 was made on national radio, ABC Classic FM on Monday morning’s breakfast show 23 July 2012.
Emma Paillas, Marketing Manager ABC Classic FM, informed Principal Mr Jason Smith of the school’s win late last week. Mr Smith’s initial response was that of disbelief, but it soon turned to very proud elation and celebration.
“Our school has an extensive Arts program which caters for students of all year levels, from Prep through to Year 7. We offer three choirs, two Instrumental Music bands, classroom music classes, as well as a dance and performing arts program. It is an amazing gift to share with our students, staff and community."
"We conduct a number of musical showcase performances throughout the year using a substandard, dilapidated electronic keyboard. Our new piano will fill the school community hall with full, bright and rich sounds.”
Tamborine Mountain State School is situated on the edge of the Scenic Rim in South East Queensland. TMSS Music coordinator, Meredith Plant feels extremely privileged to win such a magnificent prize.
“Our School has a reputation for excellence in the arts. Each week every one of our 520 students receives tuition in music and dance. At any time you might visit our school you will find children singing, dancing, creating, performing and playing a variety of instruments. At TMSS, we believe in fostering talent and keeping the arts alive, not just in our school but in the wider community."
"Each year, we run our famous T-Factor talent quests and school concerts, in which children have the opportunity to showcase their talents in public. We are looking forward to putting something so rare and beautiful to very good use.”
Most importantly, as one of our smaller students asked, “Will it be shiny?” Mrs Plant responded, “Well, yes, in more ways than you could ever imagine.”
Mr Smith looks forward to the delivery of the baby grand within the next five weeks. “We will put on a small show for the ABC Classic FM crew and local community. I may even tickle the ivories myself.”