Movie stars Linkin (L), Nate and Daniel.
Movie stars Linkin (L), Nate and Daniel. Contributed

Check out these Bay kids' rap about respect

THE Learning Enrichment students from a Hervey Bay school have shared their message about respect with hundreds of others.

The Sandy Strait State School LEAP class has turned a stern talking to about respecting each other and school property into a positive rap music video that can be seen across the world.

Leap students Baiden (L) and Kieren with filmmaker Breannah Mitchell.
Leap students Baiden (L) and Kieren with filmmaker Breannah Mitchell. Contributed

LEAP teacher Jaci Molen said the project started when the 13 students watched a similar film made in America, and were inspired to create their own.

"What started out as a negative, turned into a positive," Ms Molen said.

"We had never done this before, it developed a life of its own, it grew wings a little bit."

She said one of the other schoolteachers nominated their daughter, former Urangan State High student Breannah Mitchell, to film the video.

"The actual video itself took two days to make," she said. "But learning the rap, the children would do the rap quite frequently, after each break, and concentrate on that message of respect before we started their learning.

Sandy Strait State School 'Leap' class.
Sandy Strait State School 'Leap' class. Contributed

"Because a lot of our children aren't very strong readers, they had to learn by doing it."

The final video, titled 'RESPECT RAP (short film)', was uploaded to Youtube on August 3.

The video has since been viewed more than 580 times.

Student Jacob and teacher aide Joe Lewis on the red carpet.
Student Jacob and teacher aide Joe Lewis on the red carpet. Contributed

Last Friday, the class celebrated the conclusion of their project with a red- carpet event.

"We had all the children arriving in their fancy gear, all dressed in red carpet clothes for the 'world premiere' of the rap film," she said.

"They [the students] are very impressed, they all think they're movie stars which is wonderful, for children who have special needs, it's great to see that they can be confident and proud of their work."

Josh showing off his moves along the red carpet.
Josh showing off his moves along the red carpet. Contributed

The class will be showing their project at the next school assembly.



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