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VIDEO - Dodford First School leavers keep up tradition with virtual 'Count On Me' performance

Tristan Harris 20th Jul, 2020 Updated: 20th Jul, 2020

THE PUPILS who left Dodford First School last week made sure the Coronavirus pandemic did not get in the way of a school tradition.

The year four children, who are moving onto middle school, sang emotive pop song Count On Me by Bruno Mars as previous years had done.

Sadly because of the restrictions they could not all sing it in person so they performed it virtually and the school posted the video on YouTube (above).

A school spokesperson said: “This year was a little different, but they did it.

“Good luck year four 2020!”

Leavers’ Assembly

The year fours were not the only ones taking to the Internet

The school would usually celebrate the children’s successes in a final achievements assembly but that was also not possible due to the restrictions

Instead the school posted a video of the school choir singing classic Lean On Me.

It was the initiative of Janine Porter, who teaches some music sessions at Dodford and other schools.

She asked the parents if they wanted to put together a virtual choir for the leavers and the other year groups.

She also gave the children virtual and singing technique tips and then spent hours compiling the videos and editing the final versions.

One parent said: “Everyone absolutely loved the videos and Janine was absolutely brilliant – very talented and dedicated.

“She would be an asset to any school.”

The school wants to wish a happy end of term and year to all staff, children and parents.

Click below to see the choir’s virtual performance of Lean on Me.


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