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TGS Students Hit the Right Note at Blue Care

The tables were turned for Toowoomba Grammar School Junior School students who planned to brighten the day of residents at Blue Care Aged Care Facility, they met one of their own!

The young musicians from the TGS ‘Tribe Junior’, which is made up of students in grades two and three, the TGS ‘Tribe’ which incorporates grades four, five and six and the TGS ‘Chambers Winds’, which is a small woodwind ensemble performed at Blue Care on Thursday, 17 October.

Upon finishing their performances, one of the residents stood up to declare he was a Grammar Old Boy!

Ninety year-old Lachlan Tindall attended Grammar from 1944-46 and is a proud TGS Old Boy. He recited the School song from his era and then played Advance Australia Fair on a gum leaf for the students. The ‘reunion’ was the highlight of the day for all involved.

These students are extremely passionate about their music and rehearse in the mornings before school, or of an afternoon after class, under the guidance of Junior School Music Teacher, Kellie Dixon.

Toowoomba Grammar School Junior School students perform at nursing homes at least twice each year much to the delight of the residents, particularly those who are unable to leave their homes to attend concerts.

Residents always enjoy the performance. They love seeing the young boys sing and having a chat with them during morning tea after the show.

It’s a really special social opportunity for many of the residents, who may not get to see their own grandchildren regularly.

There’s a connection for the children too, who remember some of the residents from their previous visits and love the hospitality and warmth that they’re shown.

The boys are always very excited about the event because they realise how valuable it is as a community service, they understand that some of the residents are unable to go out and enjoy concerts anymore and they are bringing that opportunity to them.

The boys always feel good when they see how much joy their visit provides the resident.

This Junior School musicians have been visiting local nursing homes for more than eleven years.