Horndean Technology College pupils’ virtual festive song in tribute to the NHS

PUPILS from Horndean Technology College have produced their own Facebook version of the 12 Days of Christmas to pay tribute to the NHS and remind people of the importance of following Covid regualtions.

The 12 Days of Covid was written and composed by pupils and includes lyrics such as ‘four Covid tests’, ‘three face masks’, ‘two metres space’ followed by the chorus ‘and a cheers for the NHS’.

The song was posted on Facebook as part of the school’s Christmas concert which had to be performed virtually due to Covid restrictions.

Year 7 twins Heidi and Holly Ward said: ‘We thought the recording was a good idea because it was funny with the change of lyrics. We really enjoy singing so were happy to be involved.

Hordean Technology College pupils with a virtual performance the 12 Days of Covid.

‘Having the cheers for the NHS at the end of every line was great because of how important they’ve been to us this year.’

Emma Moignard in Year 9 added: ‘I thought it was a nice thing to do after such a difficult year for so many people. I found it really good fun and it was nice to be involved in something different.

‘It was lovely to show appreciation for our NHS to thank them for all they have done for us this year.’

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Year 9 pupil Emma Moignard taking part in the 12 Days of Covid song.

The song compilation was organised by singing teacher Lauren Bergin after being informed this year’s concert could not go ahead as planned.

Due to ongoing restrictions preventing groups singing together – aside from in a professional capacity – students had to perform their own section before components were edited into one compilation.

Lauren said: ‘I thought a song along the lines of the 12 Days of Christmas was a good choice as it allows students to sing an individual components, although there were two pupils who sang together as they are twins who live together.

‘We wanted to show our appreciation for the work the NHS have done this year – they have always been unsung heroes but this year they have been sung heroes for what they have done to save lives.

‘We originally thought about making the song about teachers and this song really extends to appreciate all front-line workers.’

The school’s head of music Jason Edgell added: ‘The NHS staff have been on the front line since the beginning of the pandemic and if it wasn’t for the work they have done things would be so different. It’s important we recognise that.’

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