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Thousands moved to tears as Stafford primary school song goes viral - WATCH

By Megan Archer | Stafford | News | Published:

“Crying with pride” – These were the three simple words written by one mother after watching a video of school children singing their hearts out to raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome.

The children at St Paul’s C of E School as they sing along to Christina Perri’s 1000 years

The heart-warming film made by St Paul’s C of E School has moved thousands of people across the globe and was viewed more than 100,000 times in less than 24 hours.

The touching video shows all 110 youngsters at the small Stafford school sitting in their assembly hall singing at the top of their lungs to Christina Perri’s 1000 years.

WATCH the video here:

Teachers can be seen struggling to contain their emotions as the youngsters belt out lines such as ‘I will be brave’ and ‘I will not let anything take away what’s standing in front of me’.

As well as singing, the children use sign language throughout the video, taught to them by reception teacher Charlotte Paylor.

Sign language is often taught to children with Down’s Syndrome as many suffer from a form of hearing impairment

Headteacher Matthew Davies was inspired to create the video after watching the ‘50 mums, 50 kids, 1 extra chromosome’ carpool karaoke video, an idea dreamt up by Coventry mum Rebecca Carless to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.

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The video was watched more than 100,000 in its first 24 hours

Mr Davies said he was astounded the film had seen such a reaction.

He said: “We filmed it on Wednesday – learning it in one day – and then put it on Facebook about 4pm.

"It had about 700 views and we normally get about 200 views on our posts, so I was already amazed. But to go to 80,000 overnight was incredible.

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“The children are overwhelmed and touched. We read out the comments to them during Thursday’s assembly.”

Some of the mothers in the 50 Mums video, which has been watched by millions, also commented on the school’s creation.

Sarah Case, who has a little boy with Down’s Syndrome named Alfie who featured in the original piece, wrote: “Joyous tears streaming down my face watching all you amazing people. Keep spreading the love.”

Emma Harmer-Collins, a mother from Dublin, simply put: "Crying with pride".

And Jamie McCallum, one of the fathers involved in the 50 Mums video, shared the St Paul's video and wrote: "From the guy who made the 50 Mums video - awesome kids! I'm moved to tears. You should be very proud."

Magical week

It was a magical week for children at St Paul’s School, after stars from the Harry Potter films delivered them a very special message.

The children in Class 3 had been studying J K Rowling’s famous book series in their English lessons and had just finished the topic when they received the surprise videos.

Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucias Malfoy in the Warner Brothers films, and Afshan Azad, the actress who plays Padma Patil, each sent their very own greeting to the school.

Unfortunately, and to the disappointment of the pupils, it wasn’t by owl.

WATCH Jason's message:

Jason Isaacs, who plays Harry’s arch-enemy Draco’s father, said in his film: “Hello to everyone at St Paul’s Primary in Stafford.

“My name is Jason Isaacs but you might know me better as Lucias Malfoy when I have long blonde hair and an elf standing down there.” He joked during the message: “I understand you’re doing Happy Potter in English, so study hard or else the Malfoys will come and find you in your bed late at night.”

WATCH Afshan's message:

And Afshan Azad, whose character Padma begrudgingly accompanies Ron Weasley to the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire, said in her film: “Hi St Paul’s Primary School.

“I’m on a plane right now on my way back from Brazil.

“I just want to say I hope you’re all working very hard at school because working hard at school is so important to reaching where you want to be in life. So that you can all be on a plane like me and achieve your goals.

“Listen to your teachers and work hard at school. Sending all my love.”

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Senior Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Senior reporter with the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. Give me a call on 01902 319363, email megan.archer@expressandstar.co.uk or find me on Facebook at facebook.com/meganarcherstar

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