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Recently we visited Prince Of Peace Lutheran College OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) for the first time at Everton Park in Brisbane and we did our “Groovers in Guinea” vacation care workshop there.

Now they had turned Prince of Peace into POP OSHC which we thought was pretty cool and a great acronym for an OSHC club.

They had a big sports undercover area outside and so we set up there. Drumming outside the sound can escape, so with big loud groups this can be a great advantage because they can make as much noise as they like and it doesn’t matter. Though as facilitators this means we need to also play louder and stretch our voices as far as they can go!

However, when you have a quiet group it can take a lot more energy and focus to get the vibe happening. You don’t have the sound coming back to you, like when you’re inside.

Our Prince Of Peace group was pretty quiet at the start, but by the end of it they were getting right into it and having lots of fun drumming and dancing for our easter school holiday vacation care workshop. Often children can be a bit shy at the beginning and then they realise that we as facilitators are also there to have fun, whilst sharing with them information about other cultures, instruments and music. We played the djembe (hand drum), danced the big jump and shared the shakers with our friends! We were ‘Groovers in Guinea!’

When the kids don’t want you to leave and as your driving away you see all their smiling faces, waving, calling out goodbye in Susu. (traditional Guinean language) you know you have had a great day!

Thanks for having us Prince Of Peace Lutheran College OSHC (Outside School Hours Care)!

Rhythm Culture Team

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