Monday 11 December 2017

Cork primary school kids give their own version of Uptown Funk

Jennifer McShane

A group of fifth class pupils from a primary school in Cork have produced their own version of 'Uptown Funk', to showcase the facilities in their school.

The fifth class pupils, along with their teacher, Mr Alan White from Bunscoil Mhuire Youghal in Cork, decided to produce their own version of 'Uptown Funk', to showcase their school and its many facilities.

In the fun, 5-minute clip, the students are seen leaving their lessons behind (their teacher remains oblivious right till the end) to have fun around the school grounds, all while dancing to Bruno Mars’ hit song, ‘Uptown Funk.’  

Class teacher Alan White (who features in the video), told how the project came about:

“This came about after I had done a Band Aid video over Christmas with the class of 31 pupils. There was a fantastic reaction to it, so we decided to make another one to showcase the great facilities in Bunscoil Mhuire Youghal, such as the multi-sensory room in the school, and the school garden and basketball court and so on,” he told

“But we also wanted to showcase the fantastic creative spirit in the school and the enthusiasm of the kids, so we decided to film a video,” he said.

“The video started out as an in class drama project in my 5th class and grew from there. It was filmed over two days by myself on my iPhone, and the kids took turns filming me when I was in shot,” he said.

“Principal EoGhan Rua O'Neill and Deputy Principal, Niamh O'leary were very supportive of the project. The reaction has been fantastic,” he added.

The video has been a viral hit, and received over 4000 hits just hours after it went online.

“The children are buzzing and feel like celebrities; they had a ball making the video,” Mr White said. He said that the special video project was a first for the school.

“This is a first for the school from a public video point of view, but we have a very young, enthusiastic staff and we are involved in so many extra curricular activities.” He commended the pupils for their work on the video.

“The kids are amazing and so creative, so it's a joy to be able to do these kinds of activities with them to foster their creative side,” he said.

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