A group of staff members from Deeping St James Community Primary School have put together a parody of the popular TV show “Friends” theme tune to try and bring smiles to their school children’s faces while they are in lockdown.

In this time which can be dark and lonely for people and very frustrating for a lot of children the staff wanted to lift the publics mood and have a bit of a giggle in the process.

Headteacher, Ian Wilkinson, in front of school after the staff make a video to inspire students


Through their WhatsApp group ideas fuelled ideas and within two day clips where being sent here there and everywhere from playing guitars on trampolines to singing in the shower.

Headteacher Ian Wilkinson explains how the staff video came about

Once the video was edited and finished it was sent home to all students and their parents and put on YouTube and Facebook. It was picked up by “The School’s Friends Organisation” who reposted the video and commended the teachers.

“doing something so fun and silly will hopefully lift the children’s moods and make them more motivated to do their work”

Ian Wilkinson, Headteacher of Deeping St James Community Primary School

The video has now had more that 1.2K views on youtube and has been shared and laughed at on Facebook multiple times. The Chair of the PTA then suggested that the video would be a great accompaniment to a just giving page to raise money for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice which will close “within months” if their funding gap can not be bridged. Headteacher, Ian Wilkinson, believes that “doing something so fun and silly will hopefully lift the children’s moods and make them more motivated to do their work”.

The Chair of Govener’s, Graham Lyden, supports the staff on twitter.

The school itself has being dealing with the COVID-19 crisis by using an online communication platform where children can show their work to their teachers and the teachers can video themselves giving feedback. The school has remained open for children who’s parents/ guardians are both key workers. See below the government’s guidelines concerning schools.

Educational settings are now closed, except for children who are vulnerable and the children of critical workers.

This guidance is to support schools which are still open to care for this smaller number of pupils. It will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting

If you want to donate to the staffs video please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sam-davison?utm_term=vg799azKw