The third successful STUC Unions into Schools Songs Festival (2015/16) attracted 12 song entries from 8 schools.

The Festival’s showcasing event was held recently, at Hillhead High School, Glasgow. The Hillhead High soul band entertained pupils and teachers from the participating schools with a live performance prior to the opening welcome by Larry Flanagan, EIS General Secretary.

Musician, Rab Noakes, Chaired the Event and Panel, which comprised:

  • Eunice Olumide (Qyeen, Northern Xposure)
  • Dave Hook (Stanley Odd)
  • Kirk Richardson, EIS Instrumental Music Teachers' Network
  • Sheena Macdonald, Regional Organiser, Musicians' Union.

The event featured live performances by Thomas Kane and Molly Mac of Wallace High ('This is our Heart'), and Stella Rooney and Loujin-Al-ani of Hillhead High ('When will I be Free?').  

The panel invited pupils to speak about their songs and followed this with constructive and complimentary feedback. 

An impromptu live performance of 'Going Greener' by the Mary Russell School was thoroughly enjoyed. The school caters for boys and girls aged 5 to 18 who have additional support needs, and the notion of social justice is embedded in the ethos of the school.

P7A had participated in a project about the environment and in raising awareness of the dangers of global warming and pollution, pupils and their teacher wrote 'Going Greener'.  


Special thanks to Hillhead High School (Willie Wight, Head Teacher and John Meehan, Depute Head Teacher) for their assistance and support in hosting the Showcasing Event.

Thanks also to Jen Hunter for support, and to Show Racism the Red Card for exhibiting.

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Schools taking part included:

  • Hillpark Secondary/Young Co-operative (Glasgow)
  • Dalkeith High (Dalkeith)
  • Eyemouth High (Borders)
  • Greenwood Academy (North Ayrshire)
  • Hillhead High (Glasgow)
  • Mary Russell School (Paisley)
  • St Andrew’s High (Coatbridge)
  • Wallace High (Stirling).

The Festival was funded and supported by the STUC, Educational Institute of Scotland, Musicians’ Union, UCU Scotland, SFEU and SUL.