Music video gives children a voice in their community

The Oxford Times: Pupils of Wood Farm Primary School, Oxford, in the video for We Stand Tall, the song they recorded to build community links at home and in South Africa Pupils of Wood Farm Primary School, Oxford, in the video for We Stand Tall, the song they recorded to build community links at home and in South Africa

ESTATE police, firefighters, dinner ladies and parents have joined primary school pupils in Oxford to record and video a charity single.

Wood Farm Primary School first recorded its We Stand Tall song with its partner school in South Africa in an effort to improve relations.

And now the school has produced a new music video starring Wood Farm churchgoers, police and shopkeepers in a bid to forge stronger links with its own community.

  • Watch the new video

The school appeared in the Oxford Mail in November when it made the original video for the song it produced alongside the Adelaide School in the Eastern Cape.

And wanting to produce a charity single in the community, Year Three and Four pupils at the Titup Hall Drive school wrote to the estate’s workers and residents inviting them to get involved.

Deputy head Natasha Ashwin, Year Three and Four leader, said the youngsters had worked hard to create the single in aid of Children in Need.

The Oxford Times:

Wood Farm pupils recording the song

She said: “They began by discussing all the groups they felt made up their community and set about collecting voices.

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“The children wrote letters, emails and went in person to persuade local people to take part.

“They used recording equipment to collect the sound clips, which were then put together onto the finished song.”

She said those that took part included police officers, firefighters, Headington Brownies, parents, school governors, cleaners, Wood Farm shopkeepers, dinner ladies, and some of the congregation at Holy Trinity Church.

The Oxford Times:

A scene from the video for We Stand Tall

She added: “The project was a fantastic way for the children to make links with their community. We hope to raise plenty of money for Children in Need with this musical representation of Wood Farm.”

  • Watch the original video

Year Five teacher Hannah Barton said: “It had been a big success linking up with the South African school so it just seemed natural to do it with that song.

“There was a lot of momentum built up and it complemented it well doing it in the community.”

The Oxford Times:

Hannah Barton, bottom, with pupils

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5:20pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Shaun the Faun says...

Excellent! And great to see so many from the community involved. Well done to all those who made it happen.
Excellent! And great to see so many from the community involved. Well done to all those who made it happen. Shaun the Faun

9:42pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Myron Blatz says...

Nice to see successful community involvement which hasn't (yet) been hijacked by at least one political party in Oxford - especially as we now enter the 'silly season' of pre-election tub-thumping and empty promises. As one of my neighbours said last week "local politicians are coming around again promising the earth - but usually we only get sod-all, and sods are probably of more use!" How true.
Nice to see successful community involvement which hasn't (yet) been hijacked by at least one political party in Oxford - especially as we now enter the 'silly season' of pre-election tub-thumping and empty promises. As one of my neighbours said last week "local politicians are coming around again promising the earth - but usually we only get sod-all, and sods are probably of more use!" How true. Myron Blatz

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