The Hopes Placed in our Hands

Published on 7 December 2012 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Junior School,  Music

CD cover design for P7 CD - The Hopes Placed in our HandsToday a charity single was launched in the Junior School marking the culmination of an exciting project for Primary 7 pupils born out of their World War II topic.

The song, The Hopes Placed in our Hands, has lyrics written by eight Primary 7 pupils – Anna Boyd, Cameron Currie, Georgia Currie, Olivia Devlin, Alex Harraghy, Cailin Hart, Callum Robertson, and Louise Sandland, which were put to music by Assistant Director of Music, Steven Griffin. The première performance by the whole of Primary 7 took place at their VE Day Celebration in November. Given that the majority of the audience had lived through World War II, this was a very moving experience for all there.

It is hoped that sales of the CD will raise a great deal of money for their chosen charity, Erskine, the charity that cares for former members of the Armed Forces.

The song was recorded in our Music Auditorium and features every pupil in Primary 7. The message it contains is powerful, and indicates a mature understanding of war, its impact, and the failure of successive generations to eradicate it. Children read excerpts from their War Diaries at VE Day celebrations and these have been included on the CD as bonus tracks.

The CDs are available from Upper Primary Reception and a link to an order form is available below. The minimum donation per CD is £5. All profits will go to Erskine.

For those who would like to buy the score, it is also available (see below) – with all money made going to Erskine.

This is a new departure for the Junior School and one that has enhanced this topic of study. Catherine Jack, Head of the Junior School, said, “We are delighted to release this innovative CD created by our Primary 7 pupils which has shown Curriculum for Excellence in action.  Our pupils have learned many new skills in this cross curricular experience and have had the opportunity to apply them, as well as extending their knowledge and understanding about World War II.”

The Primary 7s enjoyed the experience as these quotes prove:
"I loved taking part and the money we raise will go to a great cause."  David
"I thought the words of the song hit you and make you think about how much people have suffered just for our today."  Niki
"It's amazing that it's been written, in part, by some of our Primary 7s - it was a great experience to sing a song made in our School!"  Raymond
"It was an incredible experience recording the song and a brilliant way to do something for charity."  Jemma
"The words have a strong message and I hope people listen."  Olivia

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