A musical performance by pupils from Bishop Martin Primary School in Skelmersdale has been applauded ….by seventies superstars The Osmonds!
With the help of teacher and Osmonds fan Louise Firth, the youngsters have been gaining a greater understanding of the problems faced by deaf children.
Louise is a supporter of The Hearing Fund UK charity, part of the fundraising organisation launched in the USA by Osmonds lead singer and bassist Merrill Osmond to help deaf children. Merrill’s son Justin is also deaf.
As part of their studies the Bishop Martin students have been learning some basic British Sign Language. They’ve also spent time working and playing in silence, found out how ears work, and taken part in the Guinness World Record Sign2sing event.
And with music playing a big part in the way Bishop Martin pupils get to grips with the curriculum, the youngsters have been busy preparing for a special sponsored sing – showcasing their history, maths, science, Spanish – and signing – skills.
And, as Louise explained, they’ve been encouraged every step of the way by their celebrity fan. “We sign to lots of songs at Bishop Martin and I recorded one to show to Merrill in December,” she explained. “He sent a video message back to say that he had been very moved – and that our singing had touched his heart. Merrill and his son Justin also wished us good luck with our sponsored sing through a special video message sent from America.”
The sponsored sing saw pupils singing football anthems to reflect their whole school theme of this year’s FIFA World Cup, Beatles numbers and songs from the two world wars to represent historical developments. Other compositions helped students to remember key facts from science lessons and to practise their Spanish.
“We’ve had to do lots of reading to learn the lyrics – and children will be using their Maths skills to count how much money we collect and make graphs to show our progress,” added Louise.
“It’s been an exciting project, and while I’ve had to explain that the Osmonds were the One Direction of their day, I think everyone has been really motivated by Merrill’s kind words and support. We hope that we are able to raise lots of money for The Hearing Fund UK.”