A GROUP of children who have been together all their lives have recorded an apt song as they say goodbye to their primary school.

Schooling has been a little bit different this year for the seven Year 6 pupils at Ysgol Nannerch who have spent their last few months only able to see each other during online lessons.

But that didn't stop them, with the help of parents and staff, recording their own version of the Foo Fighters 'Times Like These' which has become an unofficial anthem for many people during lockdown.

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Pupils recording their parts of the song

Parent Emily Hart, a musician, coordinated the recording.

She said: "The idea really was to do something that would connect the children during lockdown, because they couldn't be together.

"It's such an apt song. During the Covid-19 crisis its become a bit of an anthem. The kids are all musicians. they played all their own instruments, they played guitar and piano. Each child came in separately to record their part, socially distanced, it was a bit of a logistical nightmare.

"It really came out of they were separated during Covid'19 and we, as a group of parents and staff, wanted to do something to keep them connected and get them focused on something while they're not in school."

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Many of their lessons have been online in recent months

The video features footage of the children recording their parts of the song as well as sports days and other school events. It also features a montage of the children through their years at the school along with images of the school and the village.

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The seven have been taught together for almost ten years

The group has also set up a JustGiving page that has already raised more than £700 for Young Minds mental health charity,

Emily added: "We've all been struggling with our mental health and well-being, everyone in the country, in the world, through this. It was really important to try and raise money for a mental health charity that focuses on young people's well-being."

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The children at their leaving ceremony with close family and staff

Finlay Rooke-Hart, Peter Wood, Rowan Stone, Ollie Jackson, Tilly Pritchard, Magnus Pender, and Oscar Owen did get to have a leaving ceremony at school.

Emily added: "They were together, they socially distanced, but they performed the song together to immediate family and staff."

The song marks the end of an era for the seven children who have played and learned together since 2011.

Emily said: "They've been together right through playgroup, all through primary school, and now they're leaving to go to high school.

"They are a very close-knit group of friends, five boys and two girls. They are very close.

"They are very sad, particularly as, through the Covid-19 crisis, they have lost there last two or three months of school. It's a very small school in a tight-knit community."

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/timeslikethesenannerch