Nine Elmbridge schools have joined forces to pen an original song about making the world a better place in the hope of becoming Christmas number 1 and raising vital funds for Shooting Star Chase.

A Better World, released on Monday 23 November, was written by primary and secondary students in workshops where they brainstormed words and phrases which convey feelings they have experienced. Gavin Greenaway, locally acclaimed music composer and conductor, worked with the children from Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames to compose the music.

A Better World includes verses focused on peace, friendship and courage, and also features a rap. The song is available to download via iTunes, with high hopes it will make the top 40 and raise funds to help us support children with life-limiting conditions and their families in London and Surrey.

At the launch of the event, the Mayor of Elmbridge congratulated the students on the impressive sentiment of the song and their fundraising efforts for their local children’s hospice charity. Zoe Lucker, local mum and actress, also joined the chidlren at the launch and made the first download.

Zoe Lucker and composer Gavin Greenaway wtih pupils from Oatlands School and Bell Farm School

Mayor of Elmbridge talks at the launch

The song was created as part of the Elmbridge Schools Values Group – a values-led education system adopted by Heathside School, Rydens Enterprise School, Walton Leigh School,  Ashley C of E Primary School, St James C of E Primary School, St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School, Bell Farm Primary School, Manby Lodge Infant School and Oatlands Infant School – all in Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames.

Pupils are encouraged to consider 22 universally positive values such as respect, trust and honesty in activities, lessons and events throughout their education to develop a solid foundation on which to base their future actions, decisions and judgements. Recent projects have included concerts, a community day, a values poetry anthology and a community values garden.

Pupils sing A Better World

Pat Beechey, Chair of the Elmbridge Schools Values Group, said:

“The pupils and teachers from the Elmbridge Schools Values Group are all really proud of A Better World and the message it conveys of joining together to create a better place to live – particularly given recent events. There is often a perception that young people don’t care about the world around them but our students have really demonstrated what strong and positive individuals they are with such passionate lyrics.

“We chose to support Shooting Star Chase by donating all proceeds from the song because the pupils wanted to do something for fellow children and young people in the local area going through unimaginable circumstances. The children’s hospice charity does such fantastic work supporting families in London and Surrey, and we hope that by releasing this song and raising as much as we can, we will bring hope to them.”

Single downloads cost around 99p, with proceeds going to Shooting Star Chase.