School staff bid farewell to Year Six by writing their own musical number

This story was published 17 July 2020

Teachers and staff at Moorside Primary School and Nursery showcased their musical talents with a music video to bid farewell to their Year 6 Students – and mark everyone’s achievements at the end of an unprecedented year.

School song

The song is a version of The Greatest Showman’s ‘A Million Dreams’, but with lyrics written by head Claire Rowett.

Claire said: “It’s taken us about four weeks to come up with the idea and to write and perform the song.

“My husband performed it on his guitar and then in various destinations, everyone learnt and recorded the lyrics.

“He then put it all together to create the song as it is.”

Year 6 teacher Helen Rogan and her fiancé then made the song into a music video, with participants appearing on video calls as they sing the song.

Claire added: “It was really important for us to mark the fact that our Year Sixes are moving on and up and to give them the farewell that they deserve at the end of their journey at Moorside.

 “Everyone has pulled together over the past few months in a time of crisis, which has been so wonderful.

“Last April, we also amalgamated into one school and we planned to celebrate that this April, but we couldn’t with the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, so we wanted to mark that too.”

Claire said the lyrics of Moorside’s Million Dreams reflect the values of the school, which is to be kind. They wanted to share something heartfelt and positive with the community.

The song lyrics include lines such as: “We close our eyes and we can see the people you’ve turned out to be, who we’ve called our own.

“Through the Infants, through the door, to the Juniors here before, which has been like home.

“We have had some adventures along the way and we say you’ll be fine if you’re always kind.”

The school served as a Community Hub throughout the pandemic, with around 26 students attending before the school opened more widely.

They are now open to nursery, reception and year one and six, as well as children of critical and key workers. Claire added that some of the pupils struggling to learn at home have also had access to one-to-one tuition.

Students have “pods” they remain in to keep safe – social groupings to minimise the risk of spreading the illness.

She said: “We are so excited about safely welcoming all our pupils back in September.

“This entire process has been an incredible effort for anyone involved and this song marks that too, it’s been a year like no other.

“We hope that sharing our video raises morale in our community, when we cannot all be together.

“It’s all about showing that anything is possible.”

Cllr Patrick Mulligan, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Schools across the county have had an incredibly difficult year but there have been stories of pride and triumph across the board.

“Students have taken the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic in their stride too, despite it being a complete unknown.

“It’s lovely to see staff and teachers celebrating their students and marking their transition to secondary school in a memorable way, along with celebrating the efforts they went to as a community and most of all spreading the message to be kind.”