Now We Are Three! You’re all invited!

Saturday 26th July 2014 will mark the Songwriting Charity’s third anniversary. Three years old and counting! No fancy party, no reception, no gatherings and no hospitality on offer…….

Instead, you can make our day and celebrate this milestone with us in the time honoured Songwriting Charity tradition of the cake eating, cake posing, posing with a cake, cake only, freshly baked (bought) cake selfie! One day we will throw a real world party and probably have a cake-off or something similar and you’ll all be invited. Till then, please indulge yourselves in some cake-baking malarkey and share your cake-selfie with us by tweeting @SWCharity or posting on our FB Page

Last year we had 22 cake photos from our wonderful and cherished friends and family.

Donor, relative, supporter, shopper/Giver, relative, a parent of a child we have worked with, or a teacher in a school we have visited – you’re all friends and family, and we want all of you to get involved and celebrate not just our third anniversary, but also the achievements of thousands of brave and courageous young songwriters who put their heart and soul into every verse, chorus and piece of music created in the last three years.

If you have any trouble sharing your cake pictures via the usual social media suspects, just email them to John Quinn and he’ll get them online for you. 

Get baking!

Much love,

The Songwriting Charity

What they say…..

‘This has been the most exciting, stimulating, rich and rewarding day which all young people should be encouraged to enjoy. This day will be remembered for a life-time, reflecting that education should be a dance to great music’.

A teacher’s comment following a Bully Beat PACS workshop in Essex yesterday.

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Listen to some of the songs that have been written by children participating in the Positive Assertive Confidence Skills programme in Essex: https://soundcloud.com/the-songwriting-charity/sets/pacs-essexcc-kidscape

 

 

Thank you

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Thank you

This feedback was offered after one of our Bully Beat workshops in the Swale district of Kent. Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. We’re using informal music education and literacy working to communicate a range of key messages. Every song is written by the children. We record, produce and publish the songs at the end of the process.

The Swale Bully Beat project is generously supported by the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and First Class Business Solutions. With their support we are providing 30 anti-bullying songwriting workshops to primary settings across the district in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

Take Your Family for a Walk

PROJECT K 2014 – in loving memory of my sister Kate.

Who would be interested in supporting the work of The Songwriting Charity by getting involved in this?

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Take Your Family For A Walk

It’s about you spending time with loved ones – taking them for a walk (simple or challenging) and raising as much money as possible to help us provide fully engaging one day songwriting workshops for children all over the UK.

We will support you by setting up your fundraising page and giving you some tips on how to raise money and will be on hand every step of the way to answer any questions you may have…

There is no fee to enter and no minimum fundraising amount – you can get involved easily!
Just like this post or comment, leave a message, send me an email, or speak to me in person or contact me via carrier pigeon and I’ll send you some further information.

Let’s put the ‘fun’ back into ‘fundraising’!

Thank you.

Nathan x

Together We Can Achieve More

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Together We Can Achieve More

A beautiful and very emotive song written by a small group of children from across year groups at Highfield Primary School, Enfield. Thank you to Ms Genia Fussco and the children for a truly memorable day. Such a lovely song, one that resonates on a many levels.

Our work in Enfield is made possible by the support of the Enfield Music Service. Thank you to Mea Jenkins and Kim Hember for their encouragement and financial support. The Enfield Music Service, making music make a difference in partnership with The Songwriting Charity.

Coming with the Light of Kindness

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What is Something Kind?

Something Kind is our newest programme and has been designed in partnership with Gloucestershire Healthy Living & Learning and is generously match funded by The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

The idea behind this programme is to consider anti-bullying from a different angle. Children often tell us that bullying means people are saying unkind things or aren’t nice to one another. Through positive reinforcement and considering the impact that kindness and acts of kindness can have, we’re helping children (and schools) to look at addressing bullying behaviour in a different way. Our key aim is to highlight the mutual benefits of kindness, looking at and measuring how this consideration can boost a child’s confidence and self-esteem, while also facilitating a more caring and supportive environment.

Already 85% of participants think that they will do ‘kind things more often’ With a further 74% saying they think their workshop experience will make children in their class feel more confident about being kind to each other. A further 65% feel proud of their achievements during their workshop, in particular the words they had written that day. The important thing is for children to recognise the power and impact an act of kindness can have on their peers, school community and on them as initiators and receivers of acts of kindness.

Something Kind is the flip side of our Bully Beat coin. Once awareness is established through school based bullying prevention/anti-bullying work, it’s important to help children explore other creative measures to establish and maintain a happy and enriching learning environment. Something Kind workshops provide unique opportunities to experience and offer kindness through songwriting and self-expression.

We’re adding new videos to the Something Kind playlist on YouTube. Have a look at what we’ve done so far right here.

This is what people are saying about Something Kind

“We were having slight problems with a group of Y5 girls asserting their authority somewhat with other girls both in Y5 and Y4. These girls gained a lot form the workshop and it has made them think: the problems have not recurred this term. During and after the day, the pupils were full of the experience. Afterwards, some of the Y5 girls came and asked when it would be used and what for. They were proud that it would form the basis of this term’s assemblies and follow up focus. One of the other girls came quietly and told me that she had really enjoyed the whole experience and felt that she was more ‘in’ with some of the other girls as a result of it.” Jane Attwood, HEAD, Leighterton Primary School

“The box of kindness is made and up and running and looks great! In the end, we got the children to all do a small drawing or write a message and stuck them all over the box so that they had all contributed to it.  They started telling me about acts of kindness they’d witnessed straight away, so that’s great! What’s also been useful is that when we’ve had any minor friendship issues come up, we’re able to reflect back on the workshop and what was discussed and think about if the individuals involved have shown kindness and then use this to resolve problems.” Gemma Rouse, Class Teacher, Gotherington Primary

“Thank you so much for a super day on Friday.  The Year 5 pupils had a wonderful time.  It was a great experience for them and the song sounds great! Thank you also for your assembly which you led at the end of the day – the children loved it and learnt a lot at the same time.” Sally Green, Head, The John Moore Primary School, Tewkesbury

“The team were extremely professional and importantly able to impart knowledge to every child. The end result was one which was completely owned by the children. There are many hidden elements contained within the workshop which can be used as supporting evidence. I feel that this one project would support an Outstanding Ofsted judgement as it covers many of the aspects contained within the SMSC criteria and the criteria for Outstanding.” Ben Jordan, Head, Gotherington Primary

Stop Don’t Bully Me

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‘Stop Don’t Bully Me’ is an original Bully Beat anti-bullying song written by children at Tunstall Primary School, Sittingbourne, one of 30 primary schools in the Swale District of North Kent taking part in this project.

Bully Beat has been designed to enthuse primary aged children about the process of lyric writing, singing, music arranging and contemporary production whilst promoting a serious anti-bullying message. We’re using informal music education and literacy working to communicate a range of key messages. Every song is written by the children. We record, produce and publish the songs at the end of the process.

The Bully Beat in project in Swale is supported by our partners The Angus Lawson Memorial Trust and First Class Business Solutions. Without their support, we would not have been able to deliver such a large scale project. Interest in Bully Beat is extending right across Kent with schools in Medway showing a keenness to get involved.

We are currently working with up to 30 primary schools across the district in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. More schools than we have funding for are wanting to get involved. If your school wants to join the Bully Beat project, get in touch with john@songwritingcharity.org