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Woodcroft College's Renee McCarthy wins ARIA!

Renee McCarthy has won the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year award held in Sydney on November 28th.

McCarthy says: “I encourage students to find their passion for music. Whether it’s pursuing a music career or finding enjoyment in performing. The music experiences they share at Woodcroft will last a lifetime,”

The award was introduced at this year's ceremony to celebrate Australia’s music teachers for their passion and hard work in educating children to play and love music, which has been shown to build confidence and improve self-esteem.

Affectionately known as "Miss Mac", McCarthy has worked at Woodcroft College for more than 13 years, and in that time has grown the concert band from a handful of members to a massive 92.

When accepting the award, McCarthy said: “Six beautiful Music Captains at Woodcroft College, Kitchy, Cammy, Nikki, Lucinda, Mon and Jake, nominated me for this award. I had no idea that The Song Room and ARIA had collaborated to recognise the value of music education and here I am, a music teacher, at the ARIAs!"

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