Student choir sings message of hope at carols
GLADSTONE State High School students will perform a powerful carol at Friday night's GLNG Mayor's Carols by Candlelight.
The students have chosen to sing Happy Christmas, War is Over.
Choir organiser Natisha Strudwick said there were eight students performing from the school.
"Usually (the carol is) traditional," she said.
"We thought it would be good to have a more modern one and, with the state of the world, it would be a nice message," she said.
The students, who are from Grade 8, have rehearsed once a week since the beginning of the term.
They are also rehearsing for their junior musical at the end of the term.
"Carols is the big one - the whole town goes to it. It's going to be a big audience," Ms Strudwick said.
"I'm a big fan of the Marina Stage for performances - it's really great and very friendly.
"The first time I went (to the carols) I was really surprised at how many people came out. People really get behind this."
Gladstone Region Mayor Gail Sellers said the event, set to raise funds for the Gladstone Salvation Army and Naval Cadets, was a wonderful way for families to welcome in the festive season without having to travel.
"It is a great feeling knowing local industry and businesses have come together to offer this free event to the community time and time again, and I would love for everyone to come along and support it," Cr Sellers said.
Towards the end of the night, the audience will be encouraged to sing along to popular Christmas carols Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.