Around 27 principals from various Anglo-Indian schools across the state will join a choir and sing ‘We are the World’ that will be played at a national conference of these institutes later this month. Lending their voice to the song penned by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the school heads aim to hold each others’ hands at a time when the world has been going through a crisis .
“The song, ‘We are the world’, is commensurate with the present time that calls for unity. We chose this song to convey our message of unity and solidarity to the audience. It is time to care for each other and help those who are finding it difficult to survive in the present difficult times. Moreover, a school is the best place to start a change,” said Fr Rodney Borneo, principal of Loyola High School, who is part of the principals’ choir. “This is the 99th annual conference but we are being forced to organize the mega event on a virtual platform. Principals will share their personalized message through the great anthem,” he added.
The principals will gather at a city studio for the recording while some others will send their clips that will be merged in the video. “The song, ‘We are the world’, has been selected as it speaks about solidarity and unity, like that among Anglo Indian schools during these trying times of pandemic,” said Richard Gasper, principal of St Augustine School, who has composed the music for the video.
Five principals from the Anglo-Indian schools across the country formed ‘Principals of Rock’, a rock band last year. “The song is a part of the entertainment segment during the three-day conference. Initially, we had planned to organize a picnic on the last day of the event. Several principals from the Anglo Indian schools across the country have already demonstrated their excellence in singing and playing instruments during a programme last year. This time, ‘We are the world’ will be a tribute from the principals of the schools in Bengal. Each region of the country will put up a similar programme. We want to shoot the video where all the principals will come together to sing on a single platform,” said Julian Broughton, chairman of the Julien Day group of schools.