Schools from across the region have come together to sing and record a charity single in aid of Children in Need.
The team behind the Educate Awards partnered with Formby High School’s senior assistant headteacher, Steve Cook and music technology teacher, Gary Heatherington, to write a song to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Titled ‘We Are All Stars’, the song shines the spotlight on young people and celebrates their talents and learning gained through the world of education.
Schools were notified about the exciting opportunity and were encouraged to write in for a chance to take part.
After an intensive teacher training session and a month of top-secret rehearsals, students from primary and secondary schools in the Liverpool city region, Chester and Lancashire recorded the single at Parr Street Studios.
Cameras also captured the once in a lifetime opportunity so that a music video detailing the process could accompany the track.
Schools that took part included; Bedford Primary School, Bickerstaffe Primary School, Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic High School, Freshfield Primary School, Formby High School, Queens Park Primary School, Redgate Primary School, Riverside Primary School, Saughall All Saints Primary School, Trinity St Peter’s Primary School, Valewood Primary School, Waterloo Primary School and Whitefield Primary School.
The recording also features the voices of talented teachers from participating school and members of the G:Force Gospel Choir.
Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “There is an incredible amount of talent within primary and secondary schools today and what better way to showcase this than with a song dedicated to Children in Need.
“Everyone involved worked so hard to make this unique song come to life and we’re thrilled with how it has turned out – it has really put a spotlight on education in the North West.
“We’re looking forward to playing the music video at the Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 16 November which is also when Children in Need takes place”.
The song is available to download on iTunes and Spotify. All proceeds will be donated to Children in Need.
The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West, taking place at Liverpool Cathedral.
Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards have grown rapidly, now recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards identifies the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.
You can download the single at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/we-are-all-stars-single/1441334037
Amazon Music: www.amazon.co.uk/Stars-Educate-Awards-Super-Choir
If you don’t have an iTunes or Amazon Music account, please donate via our Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/educateawardssuperchoir
Or simply text WAAS90 and your donation to 70070 (e.g. WAAS90 £2).