PUPILS at the White House School in Whitchurch have proved they have a certain 'joie de vivre' after winning a French pop contest.

The contest was organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, who represent and promote France and French culture in the United Kingdom, and saw pupils and staff submit a music video in French.

The competition was open to all primary and secondary schools in the UK, a the White Hose School were best in their area, becoming Midlands Regional Winners for the seven to 11 age group.

The song submitted was an in-school original composition on an environmental theme, entitled ‘Notre Terre’ or 'Our Earth' and was performed entirely in French by children in Year 6 and the school choir.

Results were announced from London by live video link on Tuesday, June 23.

Headteacher at the school, Helen Clarke, said the result was deserved after the effort the children put in.

"The children have worked tirelessly to learn the French lyrics and they performed with their usual infectious enthusiasm on the video," she said.

"It is a well-deserved result for both the children and the members of staff who worked so hard to initiate the project in school."