Academy pupils show signs of skill in new world record bid

Hadrian Academy pupils getting set for sign2sing
Hadrian Academy pupils getting set for sign2sing

Tuneful pupils at Hadrian Academy, Dunstable, look set to have helped break a world record with their singing and sign language skills.

They were among pupils in the area who joined in a national bid to set a record for the most people signing and singing a song on the same day.

The annual “sign2sing” event also raises funds for the organisers, the SignHealth charity. Two songs were specially written for the event, one for older children and adults and one for younger children.

One of the composers, Pippa Gearing, went along for a rehearsal with Hadrian.

Hadrian sang along with the Olli Road Show, featuring the SignHealth mascot Olli the monkey. And the children all wore a scarf, just like Olli.

On sign2sing day, Hadrian pupils each made a £1 donation to take part, and raised almost £257 for the charity.

They sang and signed with parents and carers, then at Willow Nursery School, Ridgeway Lodge residential home and with pupils at St Christopher’s Academy.

Singing really does strike the right note with Hadrian pupils.

The academy has a Gold Sing Up Award and hopes to achieve a Platinum Sing Up Award this year.

Hadrian pupils joined thousands of other youngsters to form a mass choir at the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena in late January.

And on Saturday, February 15, Hadrian choristers joined six other choirs for The Big Sing Off event, performing to a packed audience at the Dunstable Conference Centre.