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Students attempt to break world record for singing using sign language
MORE than 500 students and staff at a Northwood school attempted to break a world record by simultaneously singing while using sign language.
Girls at St Helen's School joined more than 50,000 children and adults across the country who took part in Sign2Sing, on Wednesday, February 9.
At exactly 2.45pm, year two to eight pupils at the school, in Eastbury Road, signed and sang The New Seeker's 1970's hit single, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing.
The event was raising funds and awareness for SignHealth, the national healthcare charity for deaf people, with St Helen's pupils contributing more than Â£650.
Pupils will learn if the record has been broken in a few months, once all the schools involved have been verified by Guinness World Records. The current world record for the most people singing and signing at the same time is 13,418 people.
Charities co-ordinator at St Helen's, Jeanne Phillips, said: "The mother of one of our year eight pupils, Anna, 12, volunteers for SignHealth and we thought it would be a fantastic charity to help raise money for and awareness of.
"The girls only had a few days to learn the words and practice their sign language, but when they sang, the atmosphere was lovely. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.
"This is the first time the school has taken part in a world-record breaking attempt, and the girls will be delighted if we succeed."
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