22nd June 2014

A North Lanarkshire Primary School has been voted ‘top of the pops’ by Scotland’s leading anti-sectarian charity. Pupils from Primary 7 at Holy Family PS, Mossend have been working with Nil By Mouth over the last eight months on a range of activities aimed at raising awareness of sectarianism.

Campaign Officer Oliver Shaw and Cllr Frank McNally help Ms Gallagher and P7 launch their album
Campaign Officer Oliver Shaw and Cllr Frank McNally help Ms Gallagher and P7 launch their album

The charity was so impressed with the levels of enthusiasm and commitment shown by the pupils that they secured funding to allow them to record and produce an album of songs celebrating diversity in Scotland.  The first copies of the CD, entitled ‘Children of the Future’ , were handed over to the pupils by Nil By Mouth and local Mossend Cllr Frank McNally at a special ceremony at the school. Earlier this year Holy Family teamed up with Mossend Primary to perform the play ‘Divided City’ focusing on how friendships can overcome sectarian division.


Nil By Mouth Campaign Officer Oliver Shaw said:

‘This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and Primary 7 have been inspiring everyone with their songs and belief that things can change for the better.  Credit must go the pupils and their teacher Miss Gillian Gallagher for all their hard work and effort.  Their passion for creating change and willingness to learn more about people from different backgrounds to their own is inspirational and a lesson for others.’


Cllr Frank McNally said:

“I am absolutely delighted at the great work undertaken by Holy Family’s Primary 7 class, not only in producing their fantastic ‘Children of the Future’ album, but for all they have done this year to raise awareness of the scourge of sectarianism.

Sectarianism remains a blight on our communities, so it is incredibly refreshing that young people from both Holy Family and Mossend Primaries are confronting the issue head on. They have set a great example for others. I thank all the pupils, staff and Nil By Mouth, for their excellent work this year.”