SCHOOLCHILDREN from Peterborough are this month (January, 2013) getting ready to beat a charity world record breaking attempt.

Pupils from Jack Hunt School on Ledbury Road are practising for SignHealth’s sign2sing record breaker, which takes place on Wednesday, February 6 at 2.45pm.

Teresa Quail, Lead Teacher of the Deaf at Jack Hunt School, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the sign2sing world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.

“Our pupils have been busy learning the sign2sing song and they are looking forward to being a part of the event alongside schoolchildren from across the country.”

sign2sing is a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.

It raises money for SignHealth through a suggested £1 donation from everyone taking part.

Children are being asked to wear a colourful scarf like Olli the monkey, who is the charity’s official mascot, to school on the day of sign2sing and take in their £1 donation.

The money raised from sign2sing will be used to continue the charity’s work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children.

Teresa added: “This will be the second year we have taken part in sign2sing and we hope to get lots of our pupils involved and raise a large amount of money for the charity.”

On Wednesday, February 6 the charity’s third sign2sing event is taking place and SignHealth is hoping to involve more than 175,000 youngsters to smash its current record of 114,277. Schools, colleges and nurseries across the country can all host their own sign2sing event.

Steve Powell, Chief Executive at SignHealth, said: “We are delighted that Jack Hunt School will be taking part in the world record breaking attempt for a second time.

“They have been extremely supportive of the charity and we hope all of the schoolchildren and teachers enjoy getting involved.

“Twelve schools from the town, including Jack Hunt School, have already signed up to participate and we’re hoping even more schools from Peterborough will join in with the event.”

This year, teachers who sign up for sign2sing will have access to digital resources developed by SignHealth in partnership with leading cause-related entertainment provider, Digital Giving.

The children’s book character, Olli the monkey, who loves to sign, features in the online resource pack and in an interactive lesson called ‘Monkey Manor’, which can be accessed via www.sign2sing.org.uk.

Although Monkey Manor is fun and entertainment-led, schoolchildren will be steered to access important communication messages, tips and information as part of the experience.

The digital resource pack is available to all schools that register for sign2sing and includes a free whiteboard app.

sign2sing is all about communication and the app will make it easy for teachers to teach the signs and song in an easy, fun and educational way.

Schools wishing to take part are invited to register their interest via www.sign2sing.org.uk.

For more information about sign2sing, please visit the website above or contact SignHealth on 01494 687600. Alternatively, sign2sing is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sign2sing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sign2sing.

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Photograph caption: (Back row, far left) Teresa Quail, Lead Teacher of the Deaf at Jack Hunt School, with pupils from the school and their sign2sing badges.