April 1 2018
Two Gourock high Schools have teamed up with Nil By Mouth to ‘Sing Something New’ to promote tolerance and change across Scotland.
Second year pupils from Clydeview Academy and St Columba’s High School have recently engaged with the charity through a series of workshops which culminated last week at a ‘Sing Something New’ event at the Old Gourock and Ashton Parish Church. The competition was created by City of Glasgow College students Emma Coupar and Scott Canevy as part of the charity’s ‘Pitch Perfect’ competition.
Split into teams of ten, pupils were set the task of re-wording the Proclaimers’ hit and Tartan Army anthem ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ to carry a message of friendship and anti-sectarianism. The winning entry was chosen by a panel of teachers from both schools along with Scott and Emma.
Members of the winning group each received a prize with plans already in place to promote their version of the song later in the year.
The ‘Sing Something New’ project undertaken by the schools is derived from Nil By Mouth’s ‘Sing Something Else’ campaign. Consisting of three short films, the focus of the campaign is on the legal, physical and emotional consequences of bigoted chanting at football matches.
Having comprehensively over-delivered with the ‘Sing Something New’ event, Clydeview Academy and St Columba’s High School will become the first high schools in the country to receive Nil By Mouth’s Champions for Change Award. The aim of the award is to encourage neighbouring schools of different denomination to work together and build a partnership to tackle sectarianism. Having previously only been won by primary schools, the two Gourock high schools have set the bar for others to reach next term.
Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow, said;
‘I am genuinely blown away by what Clydeview and St Columba’s have managed to achieve. The logistics of coordinating an event like this with just one school would have been difficult, but the staff from both schools have worked so hard and so well together that not only did they deliver the event, they far exceeded all expectations. A huge well done must go to all pupils involved (including the senior pupils who volunteered their time) and most certainly the dedicated staff who pulled everything together. It is attitudes like these that gives us hope that this generation will be the one that conquers sectarian attitudes in Scotland, for good.’