Attention all schoolchildren in our diocese! Do you fancy taking part in a mass virtual singalong for Thank a Teacher Day?
The chosen song is ‘Looking To The Rainbow’, composed by Becky Drake for Bluecoat Church of England School in Birmingham, where she is chaplain. A video of Bluecoat School pupils singing the song was uploaded onto YouTube on 30th April and has been viewed nearly 40,000 times. The song is now being promoted as part of the Church of England’s #FaithAtHome initiative (you find out more about #FaithAtHome here). As a result, more than a hundred schools will be recording their own versions to say a big ‘thank you’ to our teachers for Thank a Teacher Day.
Any school is welcome to take part and can download comprehensive instructions for school leaders from the Worship for Everyone website. All that is needed is a smartphone and a pair of headphones.
Completed videos can be shared on social media with the hashtags #FaithAtHome and #LookingToTheRainbow so they can be shared as part of the final project, a compilation video in time for Thank a Teacher Day next Wednesday.
Thank a Teacher Day is an annual celebration of teachers across the country, which will have added poignance this year with many school communities physically separated during closures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
The composer of the song, Becky Drake, said: “I wrote this song to bring some joy to the children I work with and give them hope that we won’t be in lockdown forever. I’m delighted to see other schools using it with their own communities. I hope it will be a blessing to many families and teachers, and generate a sense of unity across the country.
Nigel Genders, the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, is also encouraging schools to get involved. He said: “This is a wonderful way for schools who cannot be together in person to join together with their own schools, and as part of something much bigger too. Pupils joining in and singing this song together will be a real encouragement to the teachers who we all want to thank, especially as they help us meet the challenges of the present time”.
Becky added: “We’re all in this together and it will pass. As the song says, a new day will come!”