Rustington Community Primary pupils star in free Sport Relief 2014 video to help schools nationwide raise money for charity appeal
Published by Hayley Enright for Livewire Public Relations in Education
Out of the Ark
Rustington Community Primary School, Littlehampton, West Sussex, was the scene of much fun and laughter recently when 100 excited pupils sang their hearts out and boogied on down to create a new video called Step It Up for Sport Relief! Featuring the very first official Sport Relief Schools’ Song, the video was produced to encourage schools nationwide to raise money for Sport Relief on Friday21st March. It can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.outoftheark.co.uk/resources/sport-relief/
Local husband and wife singer-songwriters Mark and Helen Johnson from Out of the Ark Music, producers of the very best musical resources for primary schools and early years settings, wrote the song and together with their videographer son Sam, were on hand to direct the shoot and ensure that a brilliant time was had by all.
Mark and Helen have been working with Comic Relief for the last eight years and have written four fantastic fun songs for Red Nose Day. Last year’s song, “We’re The Fun Raisers!”, received over 90,000 views on YouTube. Comic Relief was so thrilled with the enormous success of all the songs, which thousands of schools used as part of their Red Nose Day fundraising activities, that they asked Mark and Helen to write the very first Sport Relief Schools’ Song for 2014.
Step it Up for Sport Relief! is a wonderfully contagious song that features fun and simple dance routines guaranteed to bring everyone together; “Expect to have plenty of fun and laughter while your school raises money for this important cause!” said Rustington Community Primary School teacher David Burrows “And remember...Kick to the left, back with a glide, come on everybody do the deep sea dive! Limbo forward, knees up high, do the hoola hoola for the longest time.”
The free song download includes vocal and backing tracks, fully interactive whiteboard projection lyrics, teachers’ notes and ideas, as well as lyric sheets and music score.
“It has been a huge honour to have written five songs for Comic Relief, and we have been overwhelmed by the way they have been received by teachers, and by how many schools have used the song as the corner-stone of their fundraising,” commented Mark Johnson.
Wife Helen: “All the teachers and staff have been brilliant and largely thanks to them we have a great result.”
Help your school participate by downloading the video http://www.outoftheark.co.uk/resources/sport-relief/ and a free schools fundraising resource pack from www.sportrelief.com/schoolshop