Singing and hot chocolate hit the right notes at Dunstable school

Hadrian Academy students
Hadrian Academy students

Pupils and staff at Hadrian Academy in Dunstable are celebrating after it was awarded platinum status as a ‘SingUp’ school.

The award, the highest that can be achieved, follows the school’s efforts in last week’s national Sign2Sing fundraising event run by charity for the deaf SignHealth..

The Hadrian Avenue school raised more than £300 in less than an hour when the children sang a song and performed it in sign language at the same time.

Academy principal Sharon Ingham said: “Sign2Sing was once more a great success and many thanks to everyone who donated £1 to Sign2Sing and in return had a hot chocolate and biscuit which was appreciated on such a cold morning.

“We raised the grand total of £304 in less than an hour! We hope that everyone enjoyed hearing the children’s wonderful singing and watching their signing. They are getting really proficient at doing both together.”

To celebrate its platinum award, Hadrian is holding an extended singing (and possibly music) assembly in school on Tuesday, March 24.

Its song, Friends Forever, was written by three girls from Hadrian, Eden Linney, nine, and eight-year-olds Isabelle Maynard and Sophie Unitt, who were winners in a competition run by SignHealth.

The school invited deaf and hearing children from the signing choir and hearing impairment unit at Sir William Ramsey School in High Wycombe to join them at Sign2Sing.

Last year 144,503 people from schools, community groups and choirs around the country took part, raising tens of thousands of pounds to help give deaf children the same healthy future as their hearing friends.

British Sign Language is the first language of nearly 100,000 deaf people. It works with a combination of hand gestures and facial expressions. Visit www.sign2sing.org.uk.