Norwich junior school records rap song for mental health project

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record a rap song. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Young rappers in Norwich are hoping to hit the airwaves and land a spot in the shops after releasing a song through a school project.

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record a rap song. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Thirteen pupils at Avenue Junior School, in the Golden Triangle, have recorded a new rap song as part of pastoral work focusing on mental health and how to better deal with and communicate feelings.

Led by pastoral support Chantelle Goslitski, the group recorded the track onto a CD on Monday - and now hope to sell copies in a bid to raise charity cash.

Mrs Goslitski said: 'The pastoral work gives them the chance to express themselves through art, talk about their feelings or what's going on at home - it's a time for them to open up.

'I thought creating a song would be a great way for them to do exactly that, so we started putting it together.'

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record

Avenue Junior School pupils with help from their pastoral support worker Chantelle Goslitski record a rap song. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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The students - who are all aged from seven to 11 - have now named themselves the Mini Music Monsters and used their own artwork on the front of the CD cover.

Mrs Goslitski said producing and learning the rap and performing it at the school had seen the youngsters come out of their shells.

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'How much they have grown during the whole process is phenomenal,' she said.

'They were amazing. They stood tall, chests out and with big smiles - it's been really excellent to watch.

'The kids are amazing - it's been wonderful to watch.'

The team now hopes to take the CD to other schools and work with Norwich City Council to show how it can be of benefit.

They also hope, down the line, to secure radio play and raise cash to benefit charities.

'We are deciding which causes we would raise money for at the moment but it will be really important to have one supporting mental health,' Mrs Goslitski said.

More information on how to donate will be released in due course.

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