Doncaster schools are record breakers

Children at Park Primary School take part in the Sign2Sing World record breaking attempt.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1719LM
Children at Park Primary School take part in the Sign2Sing World record breaking attempt. Picture: Liz Mockler D1719LM
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PUPILS at seven Doncaster schools are officially record breakers!

GUINNESS World Records has confirmed this week that they helped break the world record for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously.

National charity SignHealth organises the sign2sing record breaker every year and this February, 114,277 pupils and teachers from across Great Britain, including 1,065 from Doncaster, participated in the event.

Those who took part in the borough were the Doncaster School for the Deaf on Leger Way in Doncaster, Kirk Sandall Infant School on Queen Mary Crescent in Kirk Sandall, Park Primary School on Monmouth Road in Wheatley, Pennine View School on Old Road in Conisbrough, Plover Primary School on Coniston Road in Intake, Stone Hill School on Barnsley Road in Scawsby and Town Field Primary School on Thorne Road in Doncaster.

Steve Powell, chief executive at SignHealth, the healthcare charity for Deaf people, said: “We are delighted to have broken the world record for the second year running and we are going to try and beat it again next year.

“We organised the sign2sing event to help raise awareness of deafness and the work we do at SignHealth. It was also a fundraiser for the charity through sponsorship from businesses and a voluntary donation from everyone taking part.”

The schools in Doncaster that took part in sign2sing raised £483.14 for SignHealth.

Steve added: “We’re extremely grateful as all of the money raised will make a significant contribution to the work of the charity.”

Schools that registered for sign2sing received a DVD to help them learn and practise the song, as well as a set of new classroom resources aimed at increasing Deaf awareness.

The song, entitled ‘sign2sing’, was composed especially for the event. The lyrics were written by Garry Slack, author of the award-winning ‘Sign with Olli’ books and the music was composed by Paul Fairey, who has written various theme tunes for television and radio.