International Children’s Charity, Angels, has teamed up with children’s TV presenter Andy Day to launch the ‘Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge’; a unique opportunity with two amazing prizes. One school will win the chance to star in the music video of a specially written song called ‘Angels Welly Beat’ which will go on general release and another will win a visit from Andy for an ‘assembly takeover’!
In addition, the Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to deliver national curriculum goals in a ‘once in a lifetime’ way and impress Ofsted into the bargain!
The Aim:Launched in 2006 to enfranchise the world’s poorest children through the power of music Wokingham based Angels has created a ‘Pop Up’ school within an informal settlement in South Africa where the children, all of whom are vulnerable, spend the majority of their time on the streets. Angels has created a three step programme to return the children to mainstream school. First the children are fed and then they are taught according to a musical phonics based programme to re-engage them with learning. The third and final step is the provision of ‘Angels bags’ incorporating tiered educational resources, clothing and toiletries; essential kit for a return to school. This campaign aims to return 1,000 children to school. £10 = 1 bag = 1 child back to school
The Challenge:Open to all UK pre and primary age schools and fronted by children’s idol, Andy Day, the ‘Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge’ is designed to unite UK children with those in South Africa for an incredible journey through creative music and raise money to fund Angels Bags and the essential feeding and education programme.
Along with Andy TV music producers Rob and Dan, from Bunkersonix, have written the ‘Angels Welly Beat’, a song based on the old South African gumboot tradition which was historically used in the mines as a form of communication during Apartheid. Schools will be challenged to perform the chorus in their welly boots and in the most inspiring way possible, using their bodies, musical instruments or even recycled materials. Andy will pick the most creative video posted to a secure section of the Angels website and that school will win the opportunity to feature in the music video of the song. The school that raises the most money will receive a visit from Andy who will lead assembly that day – watch out teachers!
Campaign Timings:The campaign will run through the Summer term (approx. 20th April – 22nd July) to allow flexible incorporation; the whole school can participate or just a single class or year group. Fundraising ideas are just a guide, we are very happy for you to employ your own tried and tested formats or devise new ones to specifically suit your lesson plan.
Join the Challenge: thehead teacher or allocated school’s person must register before 2nd April 2015 at: www.angels-charity.org
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