Sunday, 30 April 2017

Malta - Time Expedition

Time Expedition is about today’s kids spending most of their time using technology and various gadgets to while away the time and forgetting what is it like to play freely in the open air and being sociable. Suddenly, Ozzy the Alien, lands into a park but no one looks at him. So he yells out and shouts to them to join him in playing traditional Maltese games. Hope you will enjoy our entry! Sing with us and have fun! Good luck to all!

Friday, 28 April 2017

England - Raggle Taggle Gypsy

This year, we've chosen to sing a traditional British folk song that has been popular throughout Britain, Ireland and North America for 200 years.
We've added some Punjabi Bhangra beats to better represent the cultural diversity of our school community. Our children sit comfortably in many different cultures, and our song reflects this.
Thanks so much to Steffen for pointing out that England's entry, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, has Scottish roots. Thanks too to Michael who has gifted England this song from the Scottish borders, in true Schoolovision generosity of spirit!

There were three old gypsies came to our hall door
They came a-brave and boldly-o
And one sang high and the other sang low
And the other sang a raggle taggle gypsy-o

It was upstairs downstairs the lady went
Put on her suit of armour-o
And there was a cry from around the door
She's away wi' the raggle taggle gypsy-o

It was late that night when the Lord came in
Enquiring for his lady-o
And the servant girl she said to the Lord
"She's away wi' the raggle taggle gypsy-o"

"Then saddle for me my milk white steed
- my big horse is not speedy-o
And I will ride till I seek my bride
She's away wi' the raggle taggle gypsy-o"

Now he rode East and he rode West
He rode North and South also
Until he came to a wide open plain
It was there that he spied his lady-o

"How could you leave your house and your land?
How could you leave your money-o?
How could you leave your only wedded Lord
All for a raggle taggle gypsy-o?"

"What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money-o?
I'd rather have a smile from the yellow gypsy's lips
I'm away wi' the raggle taggle gypsy-o!"

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Scotland - You Are A Star

“Every child is an artist” (Pablo Picasso)

However, here in Scotland, we also think every child is a Star!

For 2017, Scotland are delighted to sing the Fischy Music children’s song You Are A Star.
Fischy Music are well known here in the UK for their songs that are designed to make you feel good.

So, why not turn up the volume, get your rock guitars out, and join in the singing and the actions of this great tune that celebrates the fact that we are ALL stars in our own way!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sweden - Better Together

Austria - The Rainbow Dance

Dear friends,
this year our students decided to sing about colours, peace, friendship and a hopeful future.
Please enjoy our video and tell us "What is on your mind?"
Sing with us and have fun!

Could you finally come down, please?
Look, you are already red all over
because the dress you wear is shrill.
Was there just an orange one for sale?

Do you really wanna be like me?
You are green with envy and quite pale.
Do I wanna be so green myself?
Whenever did you lend a hand?

Would you please stop crying
into the blue sea of your tears?
Why don't you look into the purple mirror?
I know that pleases you so much.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Russia / Republic of Tatarstan - Чак - Чак

We are happy to have completed the video before our upcoming holidays. The children learned this song about 6 weeks ago and since then they sing it day in and day out at school. They really enjoyed the work in the recording studio, showing off dresses, being actors and actresses in our makeshift film-studio (we had to film inside since it was still very cold and unpleasant outside) and of course eating loads of chak-chak.
Chak-chak is the traditional sweet of Tatarstan which is deep fried dough rolled in honey. We attempted to represent the hybrid of Russian and Tatar culture of the region as well as our very special flair as an international school by including different musical styles, the 3 main languages spoken by our students and relating to a range of local and international fairytales. We feel extremely privileged to be part of this fantastic event and looking forward to a lot more fun to come.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

the Netherlands - Zoals hij (Just like him)

Every year, thousands of Dutch classes perform in school musicals in their final year of primary school. This song is from one of those musicals. The story is about a famous youtube personality. Everybody wants to be like him! Of course, at the end of the play, he realises that real friendship is more important than 'likes'.
This video is really our students' work. Their own ideas, their own choreography. They organized, filmed and edited everything themselves!

Oh, by the way: sorry to our Belgian neighbors for stealing your Manneken Pis. There's a mention of Brussels in the song, and somehow youtube decided to take this image for a thumbnail...

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Upload Deadline

Tick, tock. Time is running fast. Be sure to upload your video before this clock counts to zero!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Last Year's Winners

Giving an example to the big ESC, the 2016 edition of Schoolovision was won by our Ukrainian partners.
Until the new songs for 2017 appear here you can enjoy the great performance of Cherkasy Gymnasium 31 and also browse all our previous annual websites with meanwhile several hundreds of videos from the top of the right column. Enjoy!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

We're hiring!

If you're interested in joining us for Schoolovision 2017, do get in contact via the project list on eTwinning Live or add a comment. Below you can see which countries are participating this year and which seats are still available:

seats already taken:
Åland Islands, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Basque Country, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales

reserved seats:
Cyprus, Israel

open seats:
Algeria, Andorra, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, Greenland, Ireland, Kosovo, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Slovenia, Switzerland

Friday, 6 January 2017

Schoolovision Anthem

Last year, the German and Polish partners recorded "The Sky is the Limit" as a special surprise for the whole Schoolovision community. This song was quickly adopted as the official Schoolovision anthem by the SV16 team. Watch it again here and practise it with your children if you like.

Karaoke version:

Thursday, 5 January 2017


The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest final will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday, 13 May.

Meanwhile, the 2017 edition of Schoolovision will come to its conclusion on Friday, 12 May, the day before the real Eurovision. Join us in this fun-filled project, as we find out who will be the latest Schoolovision Champions!

We are now into the 9th year of the Schoolovision journey and would like to welcome all members, new and old, to this unique eTwinning project, which guarantees fun for all participants, students and teachers alike, as we learn a bit about each others' cultures through the medium of music and song. with the added excitement of knowing that this is actually a competition.
Full rules are below; please read them carefully!

Following a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, Schoolovision 2017 will once again allow one primary school from all eTwinning countries wishing to participate, to record and upload a song of their choice, to be viewed by all other participants in the project.

In addition, all countries will be asked to evaluate and vote for their favourite songs after they have listened to all the others- and of course, voting for yourself will not be allowed!

You and your class will have until Friday, 5 May to decide upon your song, practise it, video it, and get it uploaded and embedded onto the project blog website, using either YouTube or Vimeo.
Once all songs are uploaded, you will need to get your class to watch all the other countries' entries and decide who will receive your votes. This should be done in the week from Friday, 5 May until Thursday, 11 May.

On Friday, 12 May 2017 you have two choices: You can either join the team for a group webcam conference, starting at 10.00 am CET time, where we will announce our votes to each other and total the votes up, so we can establish the winner. Or, if this is not possible, you will be able to watch a recording of the webcam conference afterwards to see who the winners are, or simply view the website, as the results will be posted straight after the webcam conference finishes. In any case, you will need to email your votes to Steffen, the project administrator, by Thursday evening (11 May) and NO LATER than 1800 hrs CET. Thus we will be able to successfully total all the votes from all the countries and announce who are Schoolovision champions for 2017. The winning school will be sent a specially commissioned trophy!


1. There can be one entry from each country with an independent status. Usually, this will mean one participating school per country. As a special exception, joint entries of two schools from one country are acceptable.

2. Schoolovision is for primary schools only. In addition, the participants (active singers) must be a maximum of 12 years old during the present school year. Their turning 13 in between is acceptable.

3. All previous entrants will already have received a request, asking you to confirm that you wish to enter the 2017 contest. After your confimation you will receive an invitation (via eTwinning) to become an official partner in the project, followed later by a separate invitation to contribute to the project's blog. You need to sign up for the blog, whereby you will be able to upload your finished song in due course.

In addition, please send Steffen a brief description of your school, along with a photograph and the link to your school's website, so that everyone can see which countries are participating this time.

4. The song you choose to sing should be one of your choice, hopefully chosen in collaboration with your pupils, and can be sung in any language. It can be a well-known song, or an original song that perhaps no-one else will have heard of- it's up to you!  However, it MUST be connected to your country in some way. *** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF THE SONG HAS BEEN COPYRIGHTED, YOU MUST GET PERMISSION BEFORE USING IT.

5. Musical accompaniment is permitted but only in the following way: Members of your class (your pupils) who wish to play musical instruments can do so, and your song can have adult help who could for example, play a piano or a keyboard to lead the tune of the song. Alternatively, you can use a CD for the tune (but without the original singer's voice) - but your children MUST do the singing!

6. All entries MUST be completed and uploaded by Friday, 5 May at the latest. When your song is ready, it is your task to upload the video of your song to the project website via using either the “upload video” section of the site (which is, due to the poor video quality of this option, not very recommendable) or by uploading your video to YouTube or Vimeo, then copying and pasting the embed code into your blog post. All files MUST be uploaded by Friday, 5 May, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following week, Monday, 8 May till Thursday, 11 May.

7. Once you and your pupils have watched each entry and chosen your favourites, please email your choices to Steffen before 1800 hrs CET on THURSDAY, 11 MAY.

8. It is always a great experience to receive positive and encouranging comments. By participating in this project, you also agree to encourage your pupils to write such comments under the videos of their partners. Equally, you will reserve some time to write a number of comments yourselves. You might even encourage colleagues and parents to follow your example, thus making the great work of your pupils and yourselves more known and positively regarded, just as the whole Schoolovision project.

9. In the earlier years of this project all countries' entries were listed according to their results. However, since some partners were unhappy with the unequal chances (perhaps due to different availability of technical and muscial support in the various countries), a new rule was installed in 2016. All partners can choose if they wish to be listed with the full result or if they just wish to be named including a link to their entry. The top 20 scores will be published automatically; all others may opt in to be listed with their actual results.

GOOD LUCK to all countries, and enjoy making your own and watching all the other entries, too!
May the best overall entry win the contest!

*** As said above, the whole point of Schoolovision is that you try to sing something that relates to your country. If you compose your own song- fantastic! Over the past years, we have had some really outstanding compositions by various Schoolovision teams.
If you choose to sing a song that has already been recorded previously, then it MUST be culturally relevant to your own country. If you're unsure whether your song idea complies with this rule, please contact Steffen and Marek.