Published: 16/01/2018 13:00 - Updated: 15/01/2018 15:52

Movie star tells primary pupils: You're awesome

Written byEmma Crichton


Pupils at Drakies Primary were delighted when Hugh Jackman praised their performance.

STARSTRUCK youngsters had a Monday with a difference when they woke up to discover one of the world’s most famous actors had been watching them sing and called them "awesome".

A video of Drakies Primary pupils performing a track from new film The Greatest Showman received high praise from the movie’s star Hugh Jackman.

The award-winning actor shared the video on Twitter late on Sunday night, calling the Inverness pupils and teachers "awesome and unique". His tweet has since been shared more than 400 times and liked 3700 times.

The video – which has been viewed online 44,000 times – shows pupils singing This is Me, an empowering song about being yourself and accepting differences in society, which was first shared by Keala Settle, who sings the ballad in the film.

She said: "I went to bed last night, my soul in despair. I woke up to hope.

"Leave it to the little ones to remind us of what’s important."

Head teacher Michelle Watson said she could not believe her eyes when she saw the response.

"I already thought it was huge news that the singer had shared the video so to wake up to Hugh Jackman retweeting it was just unbelievable," she said.

"We’re just a wee school in the Highlands so to get this kind of praise from talented stars and for 44,000 people to watch the video is fantastic."

Ms Watson wanted to teach her pupils the song after she was inspired by The Greatest Showman when she watched it during the Christmas holidays.

Last week the anthem won best song at the Golden Globe Awards and the film’s soundtrack reached number one in the UK album chart.

Ms Watson added: "It’s such an empowering song about diversity and accepting differences.

"We’ve been doing a lot of work on this at school anyway so I really wanted the children to hear the lyrics.

"Afterwards all the pupils were saying they felt great and strong. They were walking as if they were 10ft tall."

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