Thinking Schools Academy Trust’s students in harmony as they call for all to #BeKind

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Students from all 17 schools across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust sung in harmony as they called for all to #BeKind through a special performance of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman

The performance, recorded across all 17 schools and cut together into one video, spread positivity and the importance of being kind. It was orchestrated by Head of Performing Arts at The Victory Academy, Sasha Sherwood, and Director of Education for Chatham, Mandy Gage.

The prominent vocals in the video were produced by students from The Victory Academy, in Chatham, in their recording studio. They were supported by choirs from both Rochester Grammar School and The Gordon’s Children’s Academy, as well as the whole of All Faith’s Children’s Academy, which has a signing choir. All four of those schools are also in Medway.

Pupils from Isambard Brunel Junior School in Portsmouth created a dance routine that features in the video, while all children at Meredith Infant School, which is shortly to merge with Isambard, preformed the song in assembly.

The song This Is Me from The Greatest Showman is about the importance of self-acceptance and how it is okay to be yourself. The performance aims to demonstrate this, as well as spreading the importance of being kind to others. The Be Kind hashtag was popularised following the death of Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.


Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive Officer of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“It is truly wonderful to see the hard work of all the students – from our very youngest in infant schools to our sixth-formers – staff and wider school community come to fruition in such a heart-warming and moving performance. The video shows the many talents they have – but also, and more importantly, how they are thoughtful, kind people. Yes, school is about getting good grades but first and foremost it is about growing as a person.

“The importance of being kind and looking out for one another is as great now as it has ever been and I hope this video encourages everyone to spread the positive message far and wide.”