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NOTES on THIS IS OUR SCHOOL: Apart from 'Fill My House' and 'The Beatitudes' this is probably the song of mine that is most widely used. It is sung by many schools in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland - perhaps in other countries too. One Irish school, Castlemartyr National School in County Cork, has been singing this song since I first visited the school in 1989. They have even quoted a line from the chorus on a big signboard outside the school - as can be seen in the track image.
The second verse here includes the name St. Joseph's School. But I have recorded custom versions of the the song for many different schools to include their school names. My favourite was a recording I did for a school in the Northern Territory:
Everyone is special and everyone's important
In St. Francis of Assisi School, Humpty Doo!
Believe it or not it does sing quite nicely.
*** I AM AVAILABLE to record custom versions for other schools to record your school name in Verse 2. See Related Resources below.
THIS IS OUR SCHOOL
This is our school. Let peace be found here.
May the rooms be full of happiness.
Let love abide, love for one another
The love of life itself
Oo-oo-ooh and the love of God.
1. Everybody knows that many hands are needed
if you want to build a house.
But to build a good school, there's a very simple rule:
What you need isn't hands but hearts.
So Lord a blessing we ask of you. CHORUS
2. Everyone is special and everyone's important
In St. Joseph’s School.
Doesn't matter at all if you're big or you're small
Being fair to each other - that's the rule!
So Lord, a blessing we ask of you. CHORUS
3. Just like the river flowing to the ocean
We are flowing into God.
So let peace be the way as we live and work today
As we wander in the tracks you have trod
Yes Lord, a blessing we ask of you. CHORUS
released January 31, 2020
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MORE INFORMATION on this song:
Originally written for St. Joseph's School, Port Macquarie, NSW Australia. Peter wrote the music. He adapted and developed the words from an old school prayer.
An earlier recording of the song was included on Peter's album 'Celebration' (1987). The later recording heard here was designed to have a stronger beat, a definite ending instead of a fade and a percussive re-entry cues to start each new chorus. It is an easier version for children to sing along with.
The new version was recorded 1999 in the Little Portion Studio, Welby. Arranged and produced by Peter, who also sings and plays the various instruments.
CHOIR - Children from St. Paul's Primary School, Moss Vale. Special thanks to Terry Westblade and Peter Michael.
Peter Kearney is an Australian songwriter and singer. His early folk-hymns 'Fill My House' & 'The Beatitudes' are
internationally known. He has written many other songs of justice and peace, songs for children, and a musical-narrative on St. Francis of Assisi. His published recordings include 153 original songs.
LINKS BELOW are for Peter's:
- Online store
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