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‘Au Revoir Confinement’ – SET Ixworth School wins national pop video competition

Students at SET Ixworth School, part of the Seckford Education Trust (SET), have won a national pop video competition after singing, filming, and editing their own song and music video from scratch.

The competition was run by London-based French culture and language school, Institut Français, Part of a worldwide network, the Institut Français in London encourages cross-cultural exchange and presents the best of French culture.

In just one month, 25 Year 9 students created their music video entry ‘Au Revoir Confinement’ as an ode to the end of lockdown, isolation, and online lessons. The video footage aimed to show how happy all the year groups were to be back in school. It was then down to student Theo to use his film directing and editing skills to put together the winning entry.

One of the Year 9 singers, Fleur, expressed how much she enjoyed taking part, “I found it amazing being able to work with some very talented people I would have never worked with after so many months of online learning.

“We were all so surprised to win…and hope that the judges saw how much fun we all had working together and how pleased we were to say, ‘au revoir’ to lockdown!”

Theo also expressed his delight at winning, “When our French teacher asked for volunteers, I jumped at the chance, even though French isn’t my favourite subject!

“It was great to be able use my film editing skills on a school project, and I was able to experiment with lots of the techniques and ideas I had developed over lockdown.

“It’s fantastic to win a national competition as I really want to have a career in film in the future.”

At a special live and streamed concert in London on 23rd June, the students were announced as National Winners for the age 12-15 category.  In addition to £180 worth of book tokens for the school, the students also won a tablet awarded by the French television channel TV5.

Louise Ramsey, Head of Languages across the SET schools commented, “With creative and musical collaborative projects so difficult due to Covid restrictions in schools this year, this seemed an excellent opportunity for students to work together and showcase their talents to a national audience. 

“All Seckford Education Trust schools aim to inspire, enable and celebrate every young person’s personal best.

“This project was therefore a real opportunity for our students to collaborate with peers in a healthy competition whilst empowering them to chase their own person goals. We are delighted that their efforts and enthusiasm have been recognised with this award.”

Students have already begun work on next year’s entry which will take the form of a letter to the government asking for increased mental health provision for teenagers. This time, they would also like to incorporate dance, animation and hone their sound-mixing skills.

SET Ixworth School, on Walsham Road in Ixworth, opened in 2014 and provides secondary education for years 7-11.

We are holding our Year 4 & 5 Open Evening on Tuesday 14th September, for more information, please visit www.ixworthschool.org.uk/open-events

Photo caption: L-R – Year 9 students Abigail, Fleur, Kate, Elliot, Theo, Caden and Reed recording their pop song ‘Au Revoir Confinement’ for the Institut Français competition. Photo credit: SET Ixworth School

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