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Post People: Barking music teacher leads pupils’ fundraising bid for sick children

PUBLISHED: 14:09 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 06 July 2017

Children from Barking's Northbury Primary School hope to help WellChild care for children

Children from Barking's Northbury Primary School hope to help WellChild care for children

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Northbury Primary School’s music teacher Danielle Wakefield, 30, tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates how she and her pupils are hoping raise hundreds for WellChild to help ill children

Danielle hopes her Barking pupils' take on Over the Rainbow will help raise cash for WellChildDanielle hopes her Barking pupils' take on Over the Rainbow will help raise cash for WellChild

“Our school decided to enter a competition raising money for WellChild based on the song Over the Rainbow in which you send an audition video of pupils singing the song with an original slant.

“The videos that make it into to top five as voted for by the public go through to the next stage, as do the five videos that generate the most donations for the charity, which offers the winning school the chance to perform at its 2017 awards in London.

“Since submitting our video on Monday, June 26, we’ve raised £170 online and lots more from face-to-face donations that’s yet to be counted.

“Our choir’s arrangement incorporates body percussion and boomwhackers, which are colourful plastic tubes of different lengths that sound different notes.

“We’re currently 14 out of more than 20 entries, but we’re determined to raise at least £500 before tha deadline on Sunday, July 30, because the children are really passionate about the work the charity does.

“I’ve always loved music but it wasn’t until I started teaching piano that I realised how much I loved teaching. I used to wonder if I wanted to be a performer but now I love teaching more than any personal performances I do.

“I love being around children because it’s so fun to work with them and watch them grow a passion for music and seeing them be inspired by sounds.

“Our school also recently took part in the BBC Music Day 2017 on Monday, June 26, which challenged schools either upload performances of classical music to their website or come up with a creative response to a piece of classical music.

“Our pupils chose to film a response to Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkryries, which was a film that ended with a pupil getting a cream pie in the face as classmates broke out into a food fight.”

You can help the pupils in Northbury Close, Barking, reach their target by visiting wellchild.org.uk/over-the-rainbow

You can donate here: justgiving.com/fundraising/northbury-primary-school

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