West Cork school's viral rap song wins International song contest

West Cork school's viral rap song wins International song contest
A Cappabue NS pupil recording with music producer Garry McCarthy from GMC Beats at their school in November 2019.

A West Cork school has been crowned the winner of this years Schoolovision contest, a primary school version of the International Eurovision Song Contest.

Cappabue National School in Bantry took home the top title at the song competition with their climate change rap song ‘One Small Change’.

Schoolovision is a unique eTwinning project designed to bring together children from countries right across Europe and beyond. It has been running for 12 years and is the biggest and long-standing eTwinning project of all time. Over 30 countries take part every year.

"One Small Change" earned 188 points, earning a maximum of 12 points from 13 other countries and regions.

Norway came second and Austria was in third place.

The climate change rap song was inspired by the ongoing issue of plastic waste and was recorded three months ago, in February, over two school days.

The kids at the small IT award-winning school, which has just two teachers, wrote the song themselves with some help from Garry McCarthy, GMC Beats.

The Deis school hit 10,000 views in less than four days back in February when it was first released on YouTube with a music video set in picturesque locations in Bantry starring the pupils of the school.

Principal Norma Healy said the music video was created off the back of an environmental competition carried out back in May.

“The pupils of the school undertook a fact-finding mission and clean-up of our local beaches. Many of us were taken aback at the amount and variety of the marine litter we collected.

“As an award-winning film making school, we felt that this year’s school film project would be the ideal platform through which to raise the whole issue of climate change,” Ms Healy said.

“The children wanted to spread the message to other school children as to how they too could make a difference in their own small way.” In November a music producer Garry McCarthy from GMC Beats came to Cappabue NS and worked with the students on writing music and lyrics for a climate change song.

A Cappabue NS pupil recording with music producer Garry McCarthy from GMC Beats at their school in November 2019.
A Cappabue NS pupil recording with music producer Garry McCarthy from GMC Beats at their school in November 2019.

“Working in groups, the children came up with the entire content of the song themselves. Garry set up a recording desk in the classroom and, under his expert direction, “One Small Change” was born,” Ms Healy explained.

The school then recorded a music video to go with their song and shot scenes in Gougane Barra, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and Snave Beach. Filming was also done in school and in a parent’s jeep.

Pupils of Cappabue National School filming the music video for their song; 'One small change'.
Pupils of Cappabue National School filming the music video for their song; 'One small change'.

Speaking about the end product, Ms Healy said everyone is very proud of what the children had achieved.

“We are so proud of the end product. It is being shared extensively. The message the children wanted to spread is really being delivered, which is what the project sought to achieve in the first instance.

"We can all 'make a difference in our own small way.'"

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