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We're still standing – Brookes school staff send video message to pupils during Covid-19 lockdown




Staff missing pupils at schools across the region have been sending video messages to youngsters during the coronavirus lockdown – and Brookes School, in Risby, has joined in the fun.

It has released a video compilation to Elton John's I'm Still Standing' featuring messages from staff.

Graham Ellis, principal, said the film was the brainchild of music teacher Corinna Gawthrop, who wanted to let children know they were missed and to say thank you to the NHS staff and key workers doing 'such an exceptional and courageous job'.

Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769114)
Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769114)

"Our staff wanted to make sure, during this time of virtual learning, that not only should we try to keep academic learning to a high standard but equally we needed to be very mindful and proactive with the wellbeing of our students," said Mr Ellis.

"The song video is very much an example of this and has had a great response from our children and parents."

The video took about three to four days to compile, with staff making their individual clips.

Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769112)
Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769112)

"Brookes is a small school with a fantastic family spirit and this song and the large number of other posts on Facebook from parents and students has made a massive difference in keeping us all connecting on a regular basis.

"We believe strong relationships are at the heart of good teaching and learning and so the video was a great way to remind the children we care about them and miss them hugely," added Mr Ellis.

Parent Helen Clutterham said: “Brookes is an amazing family school which always puts the needs of the children first, this is why making this video for the children means so much.

Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769110)
Video message from Brookes staff to students (33769110)

"At this time of uncertainty children need that love from both home and school. As parents you want your children at school to be happy and safe with people who love them. We are very lucky Brookes offers this to our children and I wouldn’t want them growing and learning anywhere else.”

Watch the video here.