MORE than 30 Jeparit children have enjoyed a free musical event at the town’s primary school.
Award-winning Warrnambool singer and songwriter Barry Peters shared his songs and musical stories with children aged between three and 10.
The event was named Canya Dantz, in honour of Peters’ work of the same name.
Jeparit Primary School business manager Yolande Hutson said it gave the children an opportunity to sing, dance and learn.
“All kids love to sing and dance,” she said.
“Not only that, but being in Jeparit, we have trouble attracting other things.”
She said the town’s distance from the nearest large city, combined with its modest population, meant it was seldom on the map for larger acts.
She thanked Peters for coming and sharing his work.
The initiative kicked off Hindmarsh Shire Council’s Children’s Week celebrations.
Mrs Hutson said she hoped an equally enjoyable event would be held next year.
“We’ve been lucky, the last couple of years,” she said.
Hindmarsh Shire Council youth officer Fiona Werner said council tried to host a Children’s Week event in each of its centres each year.
She said Peters’ performance had been well received.
“He engaged the children for well over an hour,” she said.