Year 7-9 pupils at Sheffield High School were treated to a performance from upcoming boy band Mr Meanor last week. The three-piece band including Marcel from LA and Jake and Jordan from Essex performed their new single ‘Think About It’, which was written in response to the attacks on Paris in November 2015.
The band were invited into Sheffield High as part of the school’s Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Programme, linking to the topics of Being a Good Citizen, Conflict Resolution, British Values and Assertiveness.
The song, which reflects on the hurt caused by recent terrorist atrocities, offers a positive message for young people by encouraging them to think and talk about violence, extremism and other negative issues affecting modern society.
Speaking about the tour, band member Marcel Wildy said:
“We want young people to know they have the ability to make a difference. Music can transform attitudes and change behaviour. Our hope is that the song will inspire people to challenge those who push violence and hatred in today’s society.”
Speaking about the performance and visit from the band, Year 9 pupil Felicity said:
“They were very inspiring. It was a really good way to engage with younger people.”
Mr Meanor have partnered with the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace to raise awareness of peacebuilding and conflict transformation nationally and internationally, with all proceeds of the single being donated to the Foundation as part of the #THINKABOUTIT campaign.
The aim of campaign is for the band to talk and perform to raise awareness of how ‘thinking for yourself’ is a key resilience in dealing with the challenges of modern society.
Assistant Head (Pastoral) Andree Reed said:
“We were delighted to welcome Mr Meanor into school to help spread such an important message to our girls. We want to encourage them to think critically and confidently about their place in the world. The #Thinkaboutit campaign highlights the importance of building a peaceful and positive society and it was great to get such an interesting group to help promote this."