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Denbigh school's video goes viral

Published date: 18 July 2013 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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AN EMOTIONAL campaign video has gone viral with thousands of views from across the globe.

Students, parents and staff of St Brigid’s School in Denbigh created a poignant video to gain support against Denbighshire County Council’s plans to move the faith school to a site near Rhuddlan or Bodewyddan.

Since Friday, the video on YouTube has more than 7,400 views in support of the Save St Brigid’s School campaign.

The five-minute film, which features newspaper cuttings from the Free Press, was aired at a public meeting on Friday to councillors and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar.

The video shows pupil Seren Evans (pictured), nine, in her school uniform exploring the abandoned school, while getting glimpses of happy times with students and staff.

Her mother Karen said: “Seren loves her school and wanted to be part of something to help raise awareness of what could be lost if the county's proposals go ahead.

“Performing is her passion and so taking part in the video was her way of trying to get the people in power to stop for a moment, think and appreciate what they have before it gets thrown away. We only hope it works.”

Hundreds of people are featured in the video to a choreographed dance routine to the song SOS by Abba.

At the end of the video parents, students and staff walk behind Seren through the grounds with posters saying “Save Our School”.

Ailsa Lawson, of St Brigid’s Action Group, said: “The response to the video has been astonishing.

“It’s being shared on Facebook and Twitter all the time.

“I know that people have tweeted the Vatican, we can only hope that the viewings recorded in Italy mean the Church is watching.”

A spokesperson for the school said: “Staff and children wanted to do something to help the story of St Brigid’s School reach a wider audience. The school has a history of performance and doing things a little bit differently and the video reflects that.

“It is an incredible place with a wonderful atmosphere and ethos that has been developed over 70 years. We are in the top family of schools in Wales, but we aren’t just about results, we have a caring and nurturing style that takes students, in a transformational way, from three-19 years. We think that’s worth preserving.”

To view the video visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ489qA-CF0

HUNDREDS of parents joined elected representatives to hear alternative proposals for the future of faith education in Denbighshire.

The meeting on Friday was organised to see alternative proposals to the one put forward by Denbighshire County Council which would see St Brigid’s School in Denbigh and Blessed Edward Jones in Rhyl merge and move to the Rhuddlan or Boddelwyddan areas.

Chairman of St Brigid’s trustees Philip Eyton Jones explained how both school sites have room for expansion.

The meeting, attended by parents of both schools, also looked at flaws in the current plan jointly put together by Denbighshire County Council, the Catholic and Anglican diocese.

St Brigid’s Action Group member Guy Wood pointed to the fact that St Brigid’s was at capacity with a 600 pupil waiting list and asked: “Where else in the country would an oversubscribed school be ear-marked for closure?”

Councillors who attended the meeting urged those present to write to the modernising education team at Denbighshire County Council to ensure their views were recorded.

Darren Millar AM, who chaired the meeting pledged to work with fellow AM Ann Jones, across parties to find a positive future for faith schools.

Members of the school council also handed a petition to Mr Millar with over 600 signatures showing support for St Brigid’s and Blessed Edward Jones and calling for development of the two sites.

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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