A passionate speech in celebration of music has received high praise at Springwood High School in King’s Lynn.
Young musician Merry Enters recorded the speech while taking part in the Insight Discover programme, which is run by Cambridge University to establish links with year eight and nine pupils in local schools.
The students, aged between 12 and 14, are tasked with writing about what they consider to be civilisation’s greatest achievement and filming themselves reading it.
“I chose music as my topic as it’s something I feel so passionate about and such a big part of my life,” said Merry, 12.
“I’ve played the guitar for three or four years, and have dabbled in drums a bit as well. My dad also plays guitar and as a family, we go to festivals together.
“Music, both playing it and listening to it, has played a massive role during lockdown and I try to make sure I have a different soundtrack to every day.
“I like all kinds of music from jazz to nu-metal, and it’s really given me somewhere to escape to, away from the madness around us at the moment.
“In the future, I’d love to work in the music industry in some way, maybe as a musician or in production.”
Merry said music teaching at Springwood, part of West Norfolk Academies Trust, was “wonderful” and it had been frustrating missing out on lessons during lockdown.
In future, he would like to start a school rock band.
Merry’s mum, Clare, is assistant headteacher at Snettisham Primary, another school in the trust.
Mrs Enters said she was amazed by what her son had come out with.
“As a parent, I am so proud of Merry for producing this speech and delivering it with such confidence and commitment,” she added.
Springwood’s director of music Peter Strudwick said music and music teaching was hugely important at the school.
“We encourage as many students as possible to get involved in music.
“The difference that engaging with music can make to a student’s overall academic performance is proved to be considerable and the social benefits in normal circumstances are immeasurable,” he said.