The 69th Gunnedah Eisteddfod opened last week with music adjudicator Lisa Lane commenting on the amazing talent across all age groups.

A musician and educator, Ms Lane is no stranger to the joys and commitment needed to coach children for the eisteddfod and  her very fond memories of those years. 

“I am having a wonderful time in Gunnedah,” Ms Lane said.

“Congratulations to the teachers and everyone else involved in preparing the items for the eisteddfod – as a classroom teacher, I know how hard it can be to bring it all together, well done.”

Commenting on the Small Schools choirs, Ms Lane said the three entrants would have ‘rocked it’ in the open section.

“You have set the bar very high, and all have received high marks – it was very close,” she said of Boggabri’s Sacred Heart School, Carroll and Mullaley Public Schools.

G.S. Kidd Memorial School for Specific Purposes attracted high praise from the adjudicator who was delighted with the high energy and colourful performance of students to The Monster Mash. All types of ‘monsters’ gathered on the stage in amazing costumes with bongo drums and shakers adding to the presentation. 

“It was a brilliant performance, the costuming and instruments chosen – I loved the dancing too, you are all very musically talented,” Ms Lane said.

The group took home the Heath King Memorial Award in the opportunity section in memory of the former pupil, who loved to perform.

Ms Lane was also impressed with entrants in the traditional indigenous section, with performances from Gunnedah Public School and Gunnedah South Public School.

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