RIDBC Signing Choir counts down to ‘Music: Count Us In’

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School signing choirThe Signing Choir from RIDBC Thomas Pattison School

The Signing Choir from the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School were the only group of children using Auslan (Australian Sign language) among 600 other students on Town Hall Square steps for Music: Count Us In, 1 September.

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School students participated in Music: Count Us In - an initiative of the Music Council of Australia for the promotion of music in schools nationally – for the fifth year in a row.

Over 500 000 Australian school children took part in the 2011 event, performing the same song at the same time on the same day to promote the importance of music in education. This year’s song was developed by a group of students in Sydney and was called We’ve Got the Music.

The RIDBC Thomas Pattison Signing Choir was again invited to make a video of the initiative’s song, We’ve Got the Music, in Auslan. This will be used as an educational resource for other schools and can be viewed on the Music: Count Us In website at www.musiccountusin.org.au/the-song/359-media-2011.

Students who attend RIDBC Thomas Pattison School are profoundly deaf and bi-lingual. They communicate using Auslan and English.

“This is the school’s fifth year participating in Music: Count Us In,” said RIDBC Thomas Pattison School Principal, Julie Kirkness. “The students are very excited to be involved again this year.”

“Music: Count Us In is a great opportunity for our students to showcase Auslan, the visual language of the Deaf community, as one of the many languages that make Australia such a linguistically diverse nation.”

In 2011, The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children is now providing vital support to over 1000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia. Over 2000 more children receive diagnostic and assessment services each year.