Department store John Lewis has produced one of the most powerful advertisements on our screens this Christmas. It made such an impact at Howard Junior School, they created their very own version.
It tells the story of a little girl who looks through her telescope one night to discover an old man living on the moon by himself.
She wants to help him and eventually manages to send a message to let him know that someone living on Earth really cares.
The advertisement made such an impact at a King’s Lynn primary school that staff and pupils produced their very own version, which has now been released on social media.
And while the John Lewis advertisement is called ‘Man on the Moon’, Howard Junior School has named theirs ‘Maggie on the Moon’ – after one of the school’s longest serving staff members, who also stars in the film.
Greg Hill, headteacher at Howard Junior School, said: “The reaction we’ve had has been completely overwhelming – people have been blown away by it.
“We have copied the film shot-by-shot – it has been an immense effort from everyone involved,”
He added: “We even have the entire school singing the advert’s soundtrack over the pictures.”
The little girl is played by a seven-year-old pupil in Year 3 called Storm. Maggie Sharpin, a teaching assistant who is set to retire in Easter, replaces the man on the moon.
Storm regularly looks through her telescope to Maggie, who looks lonely up on the moon by herself.
The school pupil is then seen trying desperately to get a message to space and eventually manages to send a telescope for Maggie look out to Storm at Howard Junior School.
Mr Hill said: “For the past three years we have worked in connection with John Lewis over a project related to their Christmas advertisements. We also support the department store’s chosen charity, which is Age UK this year, and the pupils have been taking part in various fundraising activities related to that as well.”
In the last week of term, the school also found out that it was again a winner in a competition with John Lewis and have been selected to appear in an online Sainsbury’s commercial.
Mr Hill added: “To find out that two major corporations have liked the work we have been sending them is fantastic news and a major boost for pupils at the school.”