Clapton primary school releases Christmas music video

Simon Cowell and his ZFactor menagerie of wannabes may be be aiming for another Christmas hit, but so too are the children, their parents and staff of Millfields Community School.

Accompanied by an infectious video made by two parents, the school has released a Christmas song.  Infectious because other than the adorable cherubs, some of the older pupils can be seen busting some serious moves and air guitaring – what’s not to like? The song, called “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S”, recorded by 620 pupils between the ages of 5 and 11, was written by local resident and music teacher, Jonathan Hart.

“Millfields Community School is one of the largest primary schools in Hackney but has the smallest outside space”, said Head Teacher Jane Betsworth, who has been at the school for 24 years. “Recording the song has been great fun and we hope it will provide a big boost to our fundraising.”

The new playground is being designed by Erect Architects, who also designed the new adventure playground in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  A working party of parents and staff in consultation with the children over two years, played a part in the development which  include areas for planting, orchards, sports, performing arts and external learning environments.

The recording is available as a ninety-nine pence download on iTunes  Amazon, with other outlets to be added shortly. Other products including a CD with original artwork (priced at £3) and Christmas cards are available on the schools web site  where supporters can also make a donation.

The song will have its live premiere at the Annual UNICEF Christmas Carol Concert on 9 December, at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. More information about “Sing for Syria” can be found on the UNICEF web site.

And there’s more. On 2 December a contraption called Dan & Dave’s Chocolate Coin Machine will be installed
in the Hanbury Street (E1) window of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy’s offices. Visitors donating £1 will be treated to a fantastical mechanical spectacle and receive a chocolate coin in return with all proceeds going to the campaign.

Information (updated daily) about the project, including a short promotional video of rehearsals, pupils’ views about the existing playground and more about the school’s relationship with UNICEF, can be found on the schools fundraising Facebook page.

The campaign can also be followed on Twitter – @MCS_Hackney
For more information please contact: Jane Betsworth, Head Teacher, 0208 985 7898  or Clare Wooldridge, school parent, mobile: 07940 706 083



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