SAPOL band regional tour

BAND VISITS REGION: Reidy Park students Cadence and Alex with SAPOL School Beat band members Nicholas Baur and Jaclyn Hale as Limestone Coast Superintendent Campbell Hill also enjoys the performance.

Charlotte Varcoe

STUDENTS from across the Limestone Coast got a musical lesson in law from the SA Police School Beat band recently.

The band visited a number of schools during a regional tour, performing popular songs to more than 1500 students across the region while educating their audience on cyber safety, stranger danger and using the triple zero emergency contact number.

Visiting Reidy Park Primary School as part of the tour, the band entertained students who responded well to a mix of well known songs and movie theme tunes.

Students Alex and Cadence said they enjoyed the performance and loved the different music and learning a number of different instruments.

“I already play the guitar but it was really fun to see different instruments,” Alex said.

“It was a really fun morning.”

Limestone Coast Superintendent Campbell Hill said having the band perform to students across the region was a good opportunity for police officers to engage with the broader community in a positive light.

“The youth of today are the adults of tomorrow and this is a really valuable thing to have in the community,” Supt Hill said.

“There was also NAPLAN testing this week so it was a nice pressure relief for the kids and it was a great performance and a great opportunity for the kids to see the police in a different light.”

He said the performance also covered a lot of really important topics with the band receiving great responses from schools across the region.

“This is just a fantastic experience for the kids and I am so glad they could come,” he said.

SAPOL’s School Beat Band also visited McDonald Park, Mount Gambier North Primary schools in Mount Gambier as well as primary schools at Bordertown, Mundulla, Frances and Naracoorte.