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Looking to the Rainbow - you can join in

by Michael Ford last modified 15 May, 2020 12:37 PM

A school chaplain has spoken of her delight after a song written to share hope during coronavirus closures went viral, with more than 100 schools, including some from our Diocese, now preparing to record their own versions.

The song, Looking To The Rainbow, was originally composed by Becky Drake for Blue Coat Church of England School in Birmingham, where she is Chaplain, but now more than 100 schools across the church school network and beyond will also sing the song in time for Thank a Teacher Day on 20th May.

Meanwhile, a video of the Blue Coat School singing the song has already been viewed more than 30,000 times on social media.

The song is now being promoted as part of the Church of England’s #FaithAtHome initiative, which launched last week, with the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer encouraging schools to get involved, and also has the backing of the official Thank a Teacher Day campaign run by the Teaching Awards Trust.

And it is already proving popular, with over 100 schools already signed up, including Wales and as far afield as the USA.

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, to collect them together as part of the final project, a compilation video in time for Thank a Teacher Day on 20th May.

With the #ThankATeacher and #HowWillYouSayThankYou hashtags, families are encouraged to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip, leading up to the day. This can be in an expression of their choosing - singing a song, writing and/ or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing. Alternatively, simply send a card!

Full details here.

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