“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people, the more we hate ourselves the more we want others to suffer” ~ Dan Pearce
EVERY pupil at a Hereford school has taken part in a remake of an iconic Eighties pop track in a bid to spread an anti-bullying message.
More than 400 youngsters at St Paul’s Primary School in Tupsley starred in their own version of The Proclaimers smasher I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).
The four-minute video, called 500 Smiles, was produced with the help of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC).
Headteacher Andrew Teale said the production has been a hit online, adding all the pupils enjoyed taking part.
“We always try and make a bit of a splash during anti-bullying week to do something memorable for the children to help them think about how they think about each other,” said Mr Teale.
“It’s not that we have a huge amount of bullying here but we try to do something that is a bit different and that’s why this time we thought we would do something that involved the whole school.”
Viewers see each school year group performing part of the song before walking from the school’s main hall to the playground.
Mr Teale said the production help provided by the Venns Lane-based RNC was invaluable.
“When doing things like this we always look to our friends at the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), who have helped us before, and they helped out with the technicalities and for that we are very grateful,” he said.
“We thought we would use the 500 Miles tune but with different words which our music co-ordinator came up with.
“The college recorded the audio, which was wonderful in itself, and then the filming was done.
“Logistically it’s difficult as we’ve got about 430 pupils. But they loved it, particularly the singing. They showed great enthusiasm.
“We’ve had lots of positive feedback from parents and positive reactions on Twitter and we’ll definitely do something during anti-bullying week again next year.”
The video can be viewed here or you can watch it below
Article by Reporter for Evesham Journal ~ Paul Broom ~ Dec 20, 2015