Milton Keynes primary school cheers up pupils with Facebook video

Staff post Reach For The Stars to boost morale

By Clare Turner
Monday, 6th April 2020, 12:07 pm
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 12:08 pm

With all schools closed to everyone apart from the children of key workers, teachers are finding it increasingly hard to connect with pupils.

Not so for Whitehouse Primary School in Milton Keynes, which has created an uplifting video with staff members. Led by their wellbeing lead, Grace Leech and teaching assistant, Amelia Smith, the two managed to convince the staff to take part.

And they didn't need much convincing - with 50 members of staff donning outfits, and even roping in their own children or pets while the mimed to Reach For The Stars by S Club 7.

Grace Leech

Grace said: "We just wanted to keep morale up. With that recognition that we are key workers and we are very aspirational with the children, Wellbeing is always at the forefront at our school.

"As you can see from the video, staff were all willing to mime along and dress up just to make their pupils smile."

Although Linda Kelly, head teacher, praised the school for dealing with the closure, as Grace confessed, it hasn't stopped staff and pupils all missing one another - and what better way to connect with pupils at home but with the video.

Grace added: "The response from parents has been amazing. It's so touching. It's such a morale boost.

"The children are our heroes. Their world has been turned upside down. They have been in touch with us to tell us how much they miss us."

To view the video, visit here