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Children from Newark and surrounding schools come together to release Christmas single in aid of Newark-based charity The Shaw Mind Foundation


By Rachel Armitage


Children from a range of local schools are coming together to record and release a charity single in time for Christmas.

Seven local schools; Newark Academy, St Peters Cross Keys Farndon, Mount C of E Primary School, Barnby Road Academy in Newark, Forest View Academy in Ollerton, Kneesall Primary School and Barrowby C of E Grantham are working with The Major Oak Pop Choir to learn and record the song, an original entitled Just Be You.

The project, run by Newark charity The Shaw Mind Foundation, aims to help young people learn to accept themselves and others for who they are.

Members of the Mount School choir record their contribution to a charity single by Shaw Mind Foundation, written by Caroline Bonnett, called Just Be You..171019TV3-1. (19565102)
Members of the Mount School choir record their contribution to a charity single by Shaw Mind Foundation, written by Caroline Bonnett, called Just Be You..171019TV3-1. (19565102)

Each school took turns recording a few lines from the song last week, and it will be available to download from the school's websites for a small donation to the charity.

The schools will also be coming together to perform the song live at the Christmas lights switch on in both Newark and Ollerton.

Mrs Claire King, Mount Primary School's headteacher, said: "We're very excited to be involved in the project, mental health is something we take seriously here in school as we have our Take 5 breathing sessions and run our mindfulness group.

Members of the Mount School choir record their contribution to a charity single by Shaw Mind Foundation, written by Caroline Bonnett, called Just Be You..171019TV3-3.(Mount to provide names if requested - Office@mount.notts.sch.uk). (19565154)
Members of the Mount School choir record their contribution to a charity single by Shaw Mind Foundation, written by Caroline Bonnett, called Just Be You..171019TV3-3.(Mount to provide names if requested - Office@mount.notts.sch.uk). (19565154)

"As a church school we feel that it is important to support local charities and our school community are keen to fundraise."

The project is being led by Shirley Novak, The Shaw Mind Foundation’s community development manager, who said: “Young people are often worried and concerned about who they are and what they look like.

"By exploring the root causes that lead to distress, be it body image, relationships or exam stress, we can help build resilience and prevent mental health problems from developing - and have fun doing it.”

Pauline Daglish from The Major Oak Pop Choir added: “The Ladies of the Major Oak Pop Choir are thrilled to have been invited to be involved in this exciting project, especially as it supports the important work of The Shaw Mind Foundation.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed learning the song ‘Just Be You’ and have found it to be inspiring in both the music and the message that the lyrics portray.”

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