by NZ CATHOLIC staff
WELLINGTON — Wellington girl Brianna Anglesey has won Caritas’s annual Singout4Justice songwriting competition.
Brianna, a year 8 (form 2) student at Thorndon School, Wellington, won with a song about bullying called It Happens All the Time.
Responding to the competition theme of “A voice for the voiceless”, Brianna said about her song: “I immediately thought about bully’s victims not speaking up. . . . My song is about a victim of a bully not speaking up and me telling her I’ll help her to tell someone, because she’s not all right.”
Judge Don McGlashan chose Brianna’s song after 24 entries were whittled down to a shortlist of eight. He presented Brianna with her prize in a surprise announcement at an end-of-week school mini-concert led by Brianna and fellow composer Rebecca Toimata (2011 runner-up).
Brianna won a $400 music voucher and a $100 voucher for a Caritas gift of her choice. She chose to support a healing gift, to help bring medical supplies and better access to healthcare for people in places such as Tanzania, Timor Leste and Palestine.
Mr McGlashan said of the winning song: “The song is simple and direct, as all ‘message’, or ‘protest’ songs should be.
It addresses a single issue and speaks from the heart. . . . I always feel that a protest song should leave the listener with a direct, achievable piece of advice . . . or a call to action. . . . I think that’s why this song is a deserving winner.”
Competition organiser Catherine Gibbs said it is notable that half the entries came from Catholic schools and half from state or private schools, even though promotional material is sent directly only to Catholic schools.
Other schools pick it up through the Caritas website, Musicnet or word of mouth.
Other Catholic school winners were:
• Frances Daly and Maria Hayes, Marian College, Christchurch.
• Megan Fromont and Anne-Sophie Issah, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth.
• VT60 boys’ band, Marian Primary School, Hamilton.
• Blush, Marian Primary School, Hamilton.
• Georgia-Kate Blair, Jack Sinclair, Eva Liardet and Julia Firth, St Kevin’s College, Oamaru.
• Te Moana Houra, St Joseph’s School, Wairoa.
This is the third year that Caritas has run its songwriting competition for years 7-10 students, in conjunction with its Lent Appeal.
The winning songs from each year, and the three highly commended for 2012, can be heard at: www.caritas.org.nz/schools/singout4justice