Welwyn Garden City school returns to the 80s for annual Christmas charity video

The video featured a record cast of 62 school staff. Picture: YouTube

The video featured a record cast of 62 school staff. Picture: YouTube - Credit: YouTube

Stanborough School have done it again with their annual charity Christmas staff video in aid of Young Minds.

Featuring a timeless love story, interpretative dance, and impressive lip syncing, the festive video of George Michael’s classic “Last Christmas” has already elicited comments such as “omg” on its YouTube page.

Conceived, written and directed by James Atkins, Lilly O’Keefe, Alice Tello, and Stephanie Conder, it features a record ensemble cast of 62 staff members.

The video’s premiere in the school hall on December 15 raised £109.60 for the youth mental health charity.

Co-director James, of 13S, said: “We came to the decision that having a narrative would be the best way to do this and that’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

James Atkins and Lilly O'’Keefe who directed and edited the staff Christmas video. Picture: Stanboro

James Atkins and Lilly O'’Keefe who directed and edited the staff Christmas video. Picture: Stanborough School - Credit: Stanborough School


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“What better way to cover a song from the 80s than a cheesy love story?

“The video follows a very important love letter around the school as it makes its way from department to department.

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“However the question is, will it make it to the person it’s intended for?”

Donations can be made on the project’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stanchristmasvid

The video was made by James Atkins, Lily O’Keefe, Alice Tello, and Stephanie Conder. Picture: YouTub

The video was made by James Atkins, Lily O’Keefe, Alice Tello, and Stephanie Conder. Picture: YouTube - Credit: YouTube

This year's video is raising money for Young Minds. Picture: YouTube

This year's video is raising money for Young Minds. Picture: YouTube - Credit: YouTube

The video has been released to wide critical acclaim. Picture: Screengrab

The video has been released to wide critical acclaim. Picture: Screengrab - Credit: Screengrab

The video was made by James Atkins, Lily O’Keefe, Alice Tello, and Stephanie Conder. Picture: YouTub

The video was made by James Atkins, Lily O’Keefe, Alice Tello, and Stephanie Conder. Picture: YouTube - Credit: YouTube

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