Signs are good that Jordanstown pupils have helped smash a singing world record

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PUPILS at Jordanstown Schools were in fine voice last week as they banded together with pupils and teachers from across the UK in an attempt to break the world record for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.

The sign2sing event was organised by SignHealth, a healthcare charity for deaf people, and Jordanstown Schools’ added their voices and signs to the record-breaking attempt on Wednesday, February 9 at 2.45pm.

“We were more that pleased to join in, as many of us already enjoy signing songs,” said Jordanstown Schools’ teacher, Mrs Babs McQuiggan (who is pictured with along with Trevor McCormick (10) and Alanis Miller (8) of Jordanstown Schools).

“Olli the Monkey from the sign2sing charity had been teaching us the signs and Mr Dornan, our music teacher, went over the song with us at the end of our school Assembly.

“We sang an old song by the New Seekers called ‘I’d Like To Teach the World to Sing’ - more popularly used for the Coca Cola advertisement on TV. The group re-recorded the hit single especially for sign2sing and lent its support to the event. It was great fun practicing and we now hope to have secured a new world record in the process!”

Babs’ colleague, Ms Ruth Sturgeon added: “The kids all really enjoyed it. It was a fun challenge for everyone especially our blind students.

“They had all been practicing like mad, with the assistance of staff and some of our older deaf students, and really enjoyed the excitement and buzz of being part of a world record attempt. They are massive fans of the Guinness World Record books and the idea of being part of something in one of those books really inspired them all.

“We are a specialist school for pupils with a visual or hearing impairment. All of our staff working with the deaf students hold qualifications in sign language and were therefore uniquely placed to teach this song to all the students. A number of our deaf students also helped out with the teaching of the song.

“All of our students, teaching staff, classroom assistants, admin staff, cleaners and the caretaker took part in the record-breaking attempt - I think that’s about 79 people! And we also raised some funds for SignHealth at the same time.”

SignHealth is a national charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of deaf people.

A spokesman for the charity said that they would have to wait to find out if they have broken the record.

He said: “Unfortunately we won’t know if we have broken the record until all the entrants have been ratified and witness statements coming in.

“If all the 100,000 children and adults who signed up to do it took part then we will break the record, but we will have to wait and see.

“The current world record is 13,418 people so we know that we’ll smash this, while also raising awareness of deafness and the work we are doing at SignHealth.”