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Young poets have songs performed at school assembly

Songs created by four students of Bishop Abraham Elementary in St. John's were performed by the school choir Monday, in a presentation for fellow students, parents, teachers and composer Clifford Crawley.

Before the assembly began, parents MaryLou Howse and Claude Howse were seated in the school gymnasium, waiting for the children to arrive. Their daughter, Ashley, was one of the young composers.

Music teacher Donna Howse Winsor (centre) poses for a photo with her young composers, Bishop Abraham Elementary students (from left) Anna Whelan, Ashley Howse, Alysha Follett and Dylan Parmiter-Cunningham before a performance of the students' songs on Mon

Songs created by four students of Bishop Abraham Elementary in St. John's were performed by the school choir Monday, in a presentation for fellow students, parents, teachers and composer Clifford Crawley.

Before the assembly began, parents MaryLou Howse and Claude Howse were seated in the school gymnasium, waiting for the children to arrive. Their daughter, Ashley, was one of the young composers.

Asked why they took time from work to come to the mid-day assembly, Ashley's mother said it was the way her daughter had been acting.

"She can't sleep. She's been talking about it all weekend," she said.

"This one (assembly) Ashley is really excited about," Ashley's father added.

The students filed in, with the choir up front.

Students Alex Barnes, Jacob Nugent, Becky Barrett and Gloria Jones then made the introductions, explaining the songwriting project to visitors.

All of the students in Grades 4-6 had written song lyrics as a continuation of lessons from a musical composition workshop, they said.

With the post-workshop songwriting, four songs were selected by Crawley, who created music for the lyrics.

The selected songwriters were Ashley (song title: "Roses"), Dylan Parmiter-Cunningham (song title: "Test"), Anna Whelan (song title: "Ted"), and Alysha Follett (song title: "Drip Drop").

"I started thinking about Valentine's Day and I thought about roses. My dad gives me roses," said Ashley, who added she now plans to write more poems, potentially songs, in the future.

In Dylan's "Test," the choir sang: "It makes me feel blue/ when I have to do/ something I don't want to do ... I'm trying my best."

He said his science tests inspired the lyrics.

"I worked a lot on it," Alysha said of her song. The hardest part was trying to make up the music, she said.

Anna echoed Alysha and explained the importance of Crawley.

"He turned (the lyrics) into music," she said.

Following the song presentation, the assembly was treated to some dancing - with a show by breakers from East Rock Crew.

The dance crew were also able to get the crowd of students up and moving with a hip hop dance workshop. The crew completed the workshop with support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Geographic location: St. John's

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