YOUNGSTERS from five Calderdale schools have signed and sung their way to a new world record.
Pupils at Highbury School, Rastrick, Salterhebble Junior and Infant School, Ravenscliffe High School, Bolton Brow Junior and Infant School, and Mill Cottage Montessori School in Brighouse took part in the sign2sing event, organised by charity SignHealth.
They joined schools across the country and abroad to sign and sing the 1970s’ song I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing by the New Seekers at the same – with more than 70,000 schoolchildren breaking the record.
Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth, which helps deaf people, said: “We’re delighted Calderdale schools are involved with the event.
“The current world record was 13,418 people so we knew that we’d smash this, while also raising awareness of deafness and the work we are doing at SignHealth.
Belinda Kerfoot-Roberts, head teacher at Salterhebble School, said the children really enjoyed getting involved.
“As an accredited silver SingUp school, we enjoy singing every day in school.
“We were really eager to support the work of the charity and further develop our community activities.
“We were also inspired by a visit from the signing choir at Ravenscliffe School, which helped us understand how important sign language is.”