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Northern Ireland primary school spreads Christmas cheer with festive music video

By Claire Williamson

Published 03/12/2015

If you are struggling to find some Christmas spirit - look no further.

Christmas came early to a Northern Ireland primary school as they transformed their classrooms into the set of a music video to get everyone feeling festive - complete with a snow machine.

And it seems the best way of spreading Christmas cheer, is indeed to sing loud for all to hear, as Loanends Primary School's efforts has been viewed more than 20,000 times - after only being released on Wednesday afternoon.

The premise of the video is a young schoolboy who is sent to the principal's office because he was singing in class.

He is then asked what he was singing and it launches into a very festive and upbeat version of Jingle Bells.

The singers heard on the video are the Primary 7 class but every single child in the school is featured in the video - each having their moment in the limelight.

Principal Mrs Linda Armour said they were thrilled with the end result.

She told the Belfast Telegraph the idea came through the Parents and Teachers Association - with the help of Billy and Katie cinematographers and owners of Marryokes.

Mrs Armous said: "We wanted to do something that would be fun for the children and that is always the underlining theme to engage the children and get them invovled.

"Then ultimately we wanted to raise a little bit of money for school funds.

"It was filmed over three days.  The singing was recorded and then the two days of filming in the school.

"We filmed first of all the main part of it last Tuesday and then we spent some time doing the drama aspect of it and then the whole school footage at the end of the film.

"Everybody has got a moment in the limelight."

Mrs Armour said the children loved being involved in it - especially wearing their Christmas jumpers early.

"Absolutely, you can tell that from their enthusiasm and the smiles on their faces. The fact they got to come to school in November dressed in the Christmas gear was just another dimention.

"That we would allow them to do that and it was really Christmas comes early in Loanends.

"It's been viewed more than 20,000 times.

"It was lovely this morning when I came in and all the children were asking have you seen the video. It definitely is a big talking point.

"It is professional and that makes it something special for our children and families."

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