Keira High School's very own singing group, The Diamonds, will make its debut at Southern Stars EXTRA! this year, singing an original song, Where I Belong, in the opening stages of the show.
The performance is sure to make a heartfelt impact, with all The Diamonds student members newly arrived in Australia.
Keira High School's English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Marion Green, said the group was formed at the school in 2012 with funding from the Sidney Myer Foundation.
Veteran Southern Stars performer and local musician Penny Hartgerink is The Diamonds' vocal and music teacher and co-wrote Where I Belong with students through SCARF.
Ms Green said being involved in the group gave students a voice and most importantly a sense of belonging.
"Being in The Diamonds has helped many students over the years integrate into life at Keira High School and into our local community," she said.
"Coming to a new country and starting in school can be very overwhelming for young people.
"They can feel left out, a bit lost at first, and this gives them something to feel included in and connected to.
"It's so great to see the students' self-esteem improve and to see their sense of achievement coming through.
"The Diamonds gives them an opportunity to be successful at something."
The Diamonds receive many requests to sing at education events in and around the region, and Ms Green said she sometimes liked to joke that she would retire from teaching and take The Diamonds on tour.
"They really are fabulous singers," she said.
"They are all so excited to be taking part in Southern Stars this year, and I know they will make us all proud."
Keira High School principal David Robson said participation in the creative and performing arts allowed students to find a voice they previously may not have had.
"These students are a significant part of the school community and participation in The Diamonds has allowed them to find that voice," he said.