Sign here for a world record

A Morpeth school came together to take part in an annual world-recording breaking attempt.

SignHealth called on children and adults to perform a song in sign language whilst singing it at the same time.

Newminster Middle School - Sign2Sing World Record Attempt

Newminster Middle School - Sign2Sing World Record Attempt

Community groups, choirs, schools, businesses and children’s groups picked one from a list and they did the challenge between Monday, February 2 and Sunday, February 8.

The national deaf healthcare charity is hoping to beat last year’s sign2sing total of more than 144,500 people and will find out once all the participants have sent in their details.

Newminster Middle School and Technology College was among them and about 500 pupils and all of the staff signed and sang Joining Hands Today. Makaton signs were used.

Groups of students were taught them in music lessons and there were whole school practice runs in a few assemblies before the big day.

Music teacher at Newminster, Charlotte Jones, said: “Everyone was keen to help raise awareness of hearing issues and it was also an opportunity for the whole school to come together.

“The pupils relished the challenge and they were pleased that they were able to successfully pick up the signs fairly quickly.

“As a result, some of them are doing more research into the Makaton programme. Our hearing impaired children really enjoyed the activity and they helped their fellow students with learning the more difficult signs.

“It was also great for all the staff to do something together and each staff member put in the effort to learn the signs.”

The initiative also raises funds for SignHealth and Newminster collected a total of £226 for the charity.

For more information about it, visit www.sign2sing.org.uk