World Ukulele Day is celebrated around the globe on 2nd February. However, we celebrated our own Ukulele Day here at FGPS on Friday 27th October. Joining forces with Marion Primary School, 100 students came together to play. Friends Andy, Kay and Dawn, together with Mr. Starling from Marion Primary, formed a special Ukulele Day backing band. With a festival vibe, students and teachers alike, enjoyed jam-a-longs, performances, group-led songs and a workshop.


FGPS was represented in the open-mic session by Year 6 student Jonathon Gilfillan. Capably performing the classical instrumental piece Fur Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Ukulele Day brings communities together and forms friendships between schools. We can’t wait to do it again in 2024!

New Ukes for Our School

Earlier in the year FGPS was very fortunate to have received a donation of $1000 to go towards the ukulele program. The donation was offered to Mr. Whitehead to support his teaching of the ukulele. He chose FGPS to receive the donation. The donation was made available through funds raised at Sunday Sessions, a ukulele event which supports ukulele performers in Adelaide. 

The presentation of the cheque was made to Mr. Whitehead and Mr. Moses at the most recent Sunday Sessions held on Sunday 19th November at Payneham RSL. Following the presentation, seven students from years 5/6 performed two songs, This Little Uke of Mine and The Hokey Pokey. The kids did such a fantastic job that we have been approached to perform at future ukulele events.

The $1000 donation has gone towards upgrading our class set of ukuleles to replace the original set which were purchased around six years ago. As the original set was purchased through school fundraising, we plan on selling these ukes which are in very good condition, to the school community. Stay tuned for details!