South Fremantle Senior High School

​STREAM 1 - 2011

The Project

In 2011, South Fremantle Senior High School partnered with the Fremantle based organisation KULCHA, Western Australia’s peak body for multicultural arts. Together they developed an AIR project that would take the school’s music program in a more creative direction and would encourage students to explore the issues of identity and multiculturalism through the music genre of Hip Hop.
The artistic team of five was led by Hip Hop artist and producer Darren ‘Daz’ Reutens, best known for his work with local hip hop band Downsyde.  Rounding out the group was Senegalese drummer and storyteller Djibril Diagne, Afro-Cuban percussionist Freddy Poncin, Vietnamese Australian hip hop artist Tommy Truong (aka VietDragon), and vocalist, beat-boxer and lyricist Meng Jones.  During the residency the artists worked with a total of 43 students, 34 were from South Fremantle Senior High school and nine were drawn from the Fremantle, Beaconsfield, White Gum Valley, Hilton Primary Schools and Spearwood Alternative Primary school.
Students were instructed in the techniques of song writing, composition and recording through a structured lesson plan devised collaboratively by the music teacher and lead artist. To replicate the ‘band’ environment, students were grouped into small teams to work on their songs.
A final public concert was held at KULCHA’s performance venue in Fremantle for an estimated audience of 250 family members, friends and invited guests.
To read more about the South Fremantle Senior High School AIR Project, download the 2010-2011 Case Study publication, Something in the AIR or the individual project chapter

Principal at the time of AiR project delivery: Mrs Geri Hardy
School Tel: (08) 9337 0500

AIR Project Coordinators: Mr Craig Wallace-Gibb and Mr David Anderson 


Daz Reutens



South Fremantle Senior High School and artists KULCHA, Daz Reutens, Djibril Diagne, Freddy Poncin, Tommy Truong and Meng Jones 

Watch the launch of the project here.