Pupils at a Lichfield primary school have created an early leaving gift before they head off for secondary school.
Year 6 students at Scotch Orchard Primary School surprised their teachers, parents and classmates with a brand school song celebrating the school’s core values – caring, believing and achieving.
The track, We Believe, was written and recorded in secret during just four hours of music lessons to celebrate their journey through school with the brief to “make their teachers cry” and leave them feeling uplifted.
Every CD features individual artwork designed by the children and was premiered at the school’s summer concert in front of family and friends.
With the support of professional musical director and composer Dave Culling and recorded by local musician Mark Gallagher, the track is now on sale with all proceeds going towards Scotch Orchard’s PTA.
Headteacher Jo Bishop said: “It was such an amazing moment, hearing the results of their hard work and watching their joy as they sang alongside their friends about the values they hold so dear and which are so important to our school.
“Children are at the heart of everything we do at Scotch Orchard and hearing their lyrics embody the the core values that we strive for every day was truly humbling, the very ethos of our school captured forever.
“We will be singing We Believe for many years to come.”
Year 6 pupil, Jack Ashley, added: “We wanted to write a song about our school values to show that our logo isn’t there just to look at on a badge but there for a real reason, because we are all caring, believing and achieving.
“It was hard to keep the secret from our teachers but it was worth it.”