The edited video
(11 minutes 48 seconds):
blocks and a gas works loom large over the school, which we see in various shots
with the children outside.
(the youngest of all video groups) say 'This is our school. Hurray!' and jump
in the air. We cut to Mariam dancing and singing, vaguely but with some gusto,
with an umbrella. Then we cut to Vicky: 'Hello, my name is Vicky, and I will be
talking about the trees, right? I like trees because in the summer the leaves
grow on the trees but in autumn the leaves fall down. And in summer, right, blossom
grows on the trees, and I like blossom. [...] Birds make nests in trees. And there's
a pub next to us and that in't got no trees, look! We've got trees all around
the school because we like them so much. And I don't know who planted these trees,
but they're very good to plant them'.
about the playground, noting that you can play, read stories, or have a picnic;
she wishes the viewers luck in these activities.
Josiah, by some
litter-strewn grass in the school grounds, says: 'My name is Josiah and I'm going
to be talking about litter. Some people leave litter around. I don't like it when
people leave it on the floor, do you? There's some there, there's a Ribena there,
and a McDonald's drink over there, lots of things, all sorts of things'.
the large amount of traffic on the road which is very close to the school, a potential
danger to young children. Celie talks about a tree, which has no leaves since
it is February: 'It must be cold'. Deneika talks about an area of grass
which has turned to mud with children walking over it in the wet weather. Vicky
discusses and demonstrates use of the coloured play benches beside the playground.
Josiah and then Mariam talk about another area of school 'garden' which has just
turned to mud. 'I don't like it,' says Mariam.
The camera goes
in through the school doors, leading into some classroom presentations. First
is Celie, seated with a book: 'I'm going to be talking about pollution. And this
is my book. That's what pollution is [pointing to picture of trash dumped in a
river], that's all, all rubbish, and it spoils the environment. And there's the
bird that's been in the sea, and an oil tanker's spilled out some oil on him.
I'll show you the worst picture, it's a fish and it's been by a sewage tank. It's
Next is Deneika,
seated in the library with a book, who talks shyly about her special interest,
Africa. She adds [wholly unprompted], 'Some people don't like Black people, and
it's not very nice to do it'.
Mariam, in the
classroom, talks about some tulips ('shulips'), which she has cultivated, and
seems to love. 'I used to water them every Monday... I like shulips because they
Josiah in the
library, with a book: 'My name's Josiah and I'm going to be talking about litter.
I don't like litter when it's on the beach, it makes a horrible mess. And here
are some people taking the rubbish away'.
Mariam is asked,
'Did you enjoy doing the video?'. 'Oh I loved it, I enjoyed it, I enjoyed
it very much. [Yeah?] Yeah.' And we swing into a musical sequence with the children
around various parts of the school, talking and dancing, which leads into the