STRATEGIES READY: Mitchell State School Year 1 students Claudia Schafer, Arleeah Dobbin and Ethan Donaldson at the Roma and District Eisteddfod.
STRATEGIES READY: Mitchell State School Year 1 students Claudia Schafer, Arleeah Dobbin and Ethan Donaldson at the Roma and District Eisteddfod. Sarah Dionysius

Students take stage at Roma Eisteddfod

MITCHELL students had an interesting way of combating their nerves at the Roma and District Eisteddfod on Wednesday.

"I told everyone to imagine the audience were in their underpants!” said year one student Ethan Donaldson said.

The students joined several other schools across the Maranoa to take part in this year's Eisteddfod.

"I thought the Eisteddfod was going to be a bit smaller but it's huge!” said year one student Claudia Schafer.

Committee president Carmel Treasure said she was very proud to have nine different schools from the area come together to sing at the event.

"A lot of people think of eisteddfods as old fashioned but it's just a great opportunity for kids to take controlled risks,” she said.

"The get a sense of achievement as they've practised it, they've stood up on stage and performed it and people have clapped.

"You've got to take the risk to feel that excitement.”

St John's Catholic School students at the Roma and District Eisteddfod on Wednesday.
St John's Catholic School students at the Roma and District Eisteddfod on Wednesday. Sarah Dionysius

The three day event showcased the musical talent of students around the region.

Leading up to the event students were fortunate enought to take part in the Maranoa Music Workshops organised by the Eisteddfod committee allowed music specialist Michael Bradshaw.

This allowed him to work with students to fine-tune their performances.

The final day of the Eisteddfod is on today at the Roma Cultural Centre and will run from 8.30am until in the evening.

Bymount State School students with musician Michael Bradshaw.
Bymount State School students with musician Michael Bradshaw. Sarah Dionysius

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