Save Our School _ CLIP 15

Posted on Monday 16 October 2006

On Today’s Show:
Save Our School : The Children of Selsted Primary

Selsted Primary
Thank You To:
Jeff Wood, Shannon Blaney, Wayne Serebrin, Yvonne Siu Runyan and Celia Oyler, for commenting on the show, contacting me regarding the show, or pinning my frappr map. And I also want to thank Allyn Kurin for the station ID.

Congratulations To:
Jeff Wood and Wayne Serebrin for being the first two to respond to the Book giveaway.

Podcasts / Podcasters / Websites Mentioned:
Selsted School Website, Jersey Toddshow, Adam Curry, Podsafe Music Network,
7 Digital, Center for Political Song

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Save Our School – Transcript CLIP 15

I was doing a search for songs having to do with children and youth on the Podsafe music network when I came across the song “Save Our School”. Now given that so much of my focus on this show has been on issues of social justice and equity you can imagine how intrigued I was with the title of the song. So I downloaded it and to my surprise and delight, through my speakers came the voices of children singing. Wow – I decided then and there to put aside the show I was currently working on and instead focus this show, #15, on the children and their song.

But first I want to thank Jeff Wood, Shannon Blaney, Wayne Serebrin, Yvonne Siu Runyan and Celia Oyler, for commenting on the show, contacting me regarding the show, or pinning my frappr map. And I also want to thank Allyn Kurin for the station id. Finally, congratulations to Jeff Wood and Wayne Serebrin for being the first two to respond to the Book giveaway. Jeff and Wayne, a copy of Getting Beyond I like the Book is on its way to you!

Station id – Allyn Kurin

The setting is a small rural community in South-East Kent, where several generations of some local families have attended Selsted Primary School. The school has a student body of approximately 70 Reception or Kindergarten to Year 6 or Sixth Grade students.

Early in the summer of 2006, Selsted became one of 12 schools earmarked for closure because of falling pupil numbers in the county. In response The Save Selsted Action Group was formed. As one form of action, a song was written to protest the proposed closure. With lyrics like “Don’t close our school, it’s been here for many years, my mum and dad both came here too, its closure will mean tears.” the children, their parents, teachers and with the help of Steve Howard who produced the song, were able to use music to take stand and send their message out into the world. Not only did Steve act as producer, he also created an indiestore account with 7 Digital to showcase the song where it was and still is available for download for a mere 99p.

Hearing of the Selsted plight, Jersey Todd from the Jersey Toddshow in the US, quickly contacted other podcasters, including Adam Curry, the US Podfather and soon Save Our School was being downloaded across the nation and around the world through 7 Digital and the Podsafe Music Network in the US.

A recent blog entry from the school reads “To all the podcasters around the world that have taken our small rural school around the world – thanks.” They of course also thanked over and over again all of the folks around the globe who helped in some way.

When you hear this song, you too will understand what made people want to reach out and help the children of Selsted School. Here now is Save Our School.

Save Our School Song

Emma, Scott, Louise, Leveson and Imogen and the rest of the children and adults involved in the Save Our School Song Project Bravo! Awesome … wonderful beyond words really. You have touched my heart and I know you did that of all the listeners of your song.

You have certainly made a lasting impression on many podcasters, people around the world, and I’m certain the same is happening to my listeners from the moment they heard your voices and your message.

What a wonderful demonstration of what happens when you make use of new technologies to reach out , connect, network across time and space. What a wonderful demonstration of the power of music to shape political and social experience

The very very good news is that Selsted School has been saved and will no longer be shut down! Hooray for everyone who helped with this effort.


As part of my crafting this show I discovered the Center for Political Song located at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. It is a fascinating sight and terrific resource for examples of political song. Links to relevant newspaper articles and external websites are also included.

As always I will have a link to this site in the show notes. I’ll also have a link to the Selsted School Website where you can access a video of Save Our School. Until next time…

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9 Comments for 'Save Our School _ CLIP 15'

    October 17, 2006 | 8:49 pm

    Today was the first day I really played
    around with stuff – listening to the song \”Save our school\” and your
    reports. It\’s wonderful! I had no idea that you were doing this
    kind of sharing. It will take me a while to figure it all out – so
    many links to different things. Thanks.

    October 17, 2006 | 8:51 pm

    It’s been such fun and a great learning experience for me as well. Lots more good stuff is up ahead! :-)

    Carol Felderman
    October 18, 2006 | 5:34 am

    Hi Vivian,

    I have to agree with your closing notes not only of Bravo! to the students and their incredible efforts towards saving their school, but also how music can create change and how technology is an international source of change. The lyrics of the children worked to create change and the ablitiy to spread their words through the podcast world demonstrated how various mediums can be used in so many different ways. I am so glad to hear they saved their school. I have such strong admiration for all that their school community did.


    October 18, 2006 | 7:13 am

    HI Viv,

    OH MY GOSH! I cried when I heard the song and even harder when I saw the video!!!! What a great podcast! I thought last weeks was amazing, but this one was great!


    October 18, 2006 | 7:16 am

    Hi Carol and Laura,
    Aren’t kids amazing! They can do so much more than we sometimes imagine. And we, as educators, can do so much more with them in the classroom if we take the opportunnity to build on what they know and construct learning experiences that have importance in their lives.

    Thanks so much for the comments and for listening.


    October 18, 2006 | 7:17 am

    HOW COOL!!!

    October 18, 2006 | 7:18 am

    It truly is!

    October 18, 2006 | 5:40 pm

    I get goose bumps every time I hear that song, isn’t it great?!? Vivian you have a wonderful podcast and voice, there is so little goodness out there about children, books and learning. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, this computer science professor couldn’t find your Frappr link. I thought it was very ironic! 😉

    October 18, 2006 | 8:12 pm

    Hi Charles,
    Yes – do please pin my Frappr map. The link was in very small text..I’ve since had Andy replace it with a much more visible button. Thanks for pointing that out.

    The Selsted Song brought tears to my eyes when I first heard it. Like you I still get goose bumps when I hear it. Thank you for your kind words and support Charles!


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