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Autumn 1 - Hope

This half term we are looking at ‘Hope’ as our Value for Life. 
Hope is a feeling that something you want is likely to happen.” 
We all have hopes: we hope the weather will be good, we hope our team will win, we hope our plans will succeed. The value hope is about much more than just wishing as hard as we can that things will be different. It is about believing that the world can be better and being prepared to do something!

At Drake we have an unswerving confidence that we all are able to grow and improve through both our successes and our failures. We are certain we can all make a difference in helping the world become a better place.


Somewhere over the rainbow
Rainbows are a symbol of hope in many cultures and a sign of better things to come.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
is a song about hope - that the bad times will one day be over. It was originally sung by Judie Garland in the movie Wizard of Oz in 1939.

This is a singer called Eva Cassidy singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow:

This is Israel Kamakawiwo'ole singing his own version:

John Williams – theme tune for ‘A New Hope’
 John Williams composed the sound track for the Star Wars film ‘A New hope’. Here he is conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker. How has John Williams created a hopeful to this music?

When you believe
When You Believe is a song from the 1998 film The Prince of Egypt. It was written and composed by Hans Zimmer and Stephen Schwartz. It is featured during the scene in which Moses leads his people out of Egypt towards the Red Sea, and eventually freedom, while they sing this.
Here is the cast of the West End Show performing it:

One Voice Children's Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs "When You Believe." Filmed on-location at Omaha Beach and Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Normandy, France. Performed in English, Hebrew and French. This song is dedicated to all the soldiers who fought in World War II, including those who fought at Normandy's Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches in the D-Day Invasion; and to the millions of victims who lost their lives during the Nazi Holocaust.


Here is a cover of the song by Pentatonix:

Don’t stop believing
"Don't Stop Believin'" is a song by American rock band Journey, originally released in 1981. The title of the song came from something keyboardist Jonathan Cain's father frequently told him when he was a struggling musician living on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard ready to give up because he was not having success in the music industry. Each time he would call home in despair, his father would tell him, 
"Don't stop believing or you're done, dude."

Glee cast performance:

Land of Hope and Glory
"Land of Hope and Glory" is a British patriotic song, with music by Edward Elgar written in 1901 and lyrics by A. C. Benson later added in 1902.
It has traditionally been performed at the Last Night of the Proms to a flag-waving reception, as well as being played or sung at certain sporting events such as at some international rugby league matches.

Three Little Birds
Three Little Birds is a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers that we sang for our school Summer Concerts last term.

This version of 3 little birds was created by ‘Playing for change’. Playing For Change aim to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

Hope, by Adam Tan
‘Hope’ was composed by the marimba player, Adam Tan. It focuses on the theme of shared optimism in darker times, and was written as a reflection on the power of humanity amongst global shutdowns and tragic loss of life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Bill Withers – Lovely Day
This song that we sang for our Biggest Sing last term is full of hope.

I can see clearly now
Johnny Nash wrote and produced the song for his 1972 album. The song is about hope and courage for people who have experienced adversity in their lives, but have later overcome it.

Jimmy Cliffe covered this song for the film ‘Cool runnings’


In this song from the musical ‘Annie’, Annie reminds us that when we are stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely, we just need to stick up our chin and remember that the sun will come out tomorrow.
Original film:

 2014 remake: