Rap group writes educational song for water firm

Chemistry teacher, Amer Sheikh, who has written a rap for Northumbrian Water which includes messages about respecting our precious resource, water.   Together with Rachael Usher, 15, Beth Jameson, 15, and Holly Kilner, 14, who are pupils at Thornhill School Business and Enterprise College, Sunderland, and are performing the rap at the Evolution festival this Saturday in Newcastle alongside world famous artists like Iggy Pop and Tinie Tempah.    Pictured Rachael Usher, white top, Beth Jameson, stripes, and Holly Kilne, navy top. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Chemistry teacher, Amer Sheikh, who has written a rap for Northumbrian Water which includes messages about respecting our precious resource, water. Together with Rachael Usher, 15, Beth Jameson, 15, and Holly Kilner, 14, who are pupils at Thornhill School Business and Enterprise College, Sunderland, and are performing the rap at the Evolution festival this Saturday in Newcastle alongside world famous artists like Iggy Pop and Tinie Tempah. Pictured Rachael Usher, white top, Beth Jameson, stripes, and Holly Kilne, navy top. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
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A RAP group is helping a water company tap into talent in the region’s schools.

Sunderland’s The Word, based at Thornhill School and led by chemistry teacher Amer Sheikh, has written and produced an educational rap song for Northumbrian Water.

The message is about respecting water and the company now wants other schools to take inspiration from the song to create their own message.

The competition is to produce a three-minute play, poem, song, rap or animation to promote the topic of water efficiency.

Pupils have to upload their performances to YouTube by Friday, June 29, and the winner of each category will win £1,000 for their school.

Northumbrian Water’s Pam Lovell said: “We are very fortunate in the North East to have a plentiful supply of water. However, we should still only use the water we need and not waste it.

“When we waste water, we also waste energy. Every drop of tap water is treated twice in total – once before it arrives at customers’ taps and once before it is returned safely to the environment.

“This competition is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in an initiative to help change people’s behaviour when using water. Simple changes in our daily routine can save significant amounts of water and energy.

“Nineteen schools from the region have already entered and we hope to get many more entries.”

There are three age categories: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and sixth form. Judging will be based on the number of hits the performance receives and also on the comments and marks given by judges.

For inspiration, students can watch the water company’s rap video by The Word, filmed at Kielder Water, at www.youtube.com/user/NorthumbrianWaterLtd

Students and schools who would like further information should email education@nwl.co.uk to receive a pack which includes an application form.

Twitter: @sunechoschools

Saving water

The schools competition is part of Northumbrian Water’s Bad Habits Cost the Earth water efficiency campaign which aims to educate people, from tots to grandparents, on how to save water and the importance of looking after this resource.

Each entry needs to include at least five of the these messages:

•Wasting water, especially hot water, wastes energy;

•Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth;

•Shower rather than bath;

•Use a bowl when hand washing dishes;

•Take shorter showers;

•Use a sink when personal washing;

•Repair dripping taps;

•Use full loads in washing machines;

•Use a bowl when washing food;

•Use water resourcefully in the garden;

•Use full loads in dishwashers.