Cottesloe take part in world record attempt
As part of the music curriculum this term, Year 7 students have been studying Kodály musicianship and learning how to sing whilst performing hand signs to show pitch. In conjunction with this the school took part in a very exciting fund raising event on February 6 as part of ‘Sign2sing’, using sign language and singing at the same time to raise money for Sign Health.
The record is a very exciting one; in 2011 the event brought together 94,489 people, signing and singing at exactly the same time, and broke the Guinness World Record in doing so. In 2012 these numbers rose to an incredible 114,277 and although the official figures are not back yet, this year the aim is to have over 1,000 schools participating with an estimated 175,000 pupils!
Deafness and hearing loss is much more common than most people realise. There are overeight million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK, which equates to a staggering one in every seven of us, and around 100,000 British Sign Language users, making it the fourth most commonly used native language in the UK. In fact, some 500 million people worldwide suffer some degree of hearing loss – it is the most common physical disability in the world.
Every £1 raised from Sign2sing will go towards helping Sign Health, which transforms the lives of extremely vulnerable deaf children and adults, and we are thrilled to have so far raised almost £300!!
Following the event students were asked to say what it meant to be involved, what they learned, what they most enjoyed and how they felt about taking part in the workshop and Sign2sing. Below is a selection of comments written by students in their own words.
“I have loved doing Sign2sing and can’t wait to do it next year. Whoever thought of it is very clever and very nice.” Louise Blunt
“There are lots of deaf people in the world, and we don’t realise how fortunate we are to have our hearing. One of my favourite things about doing Sign2Sing was watching everyone being so enthusiastic about it, and enjoying themselves. I think it was useful to us to learn sign language, even if it is only a little bit.” Justine
“It’s important we raise money for children that are deaf so they can have the best time of their lives.” Jack
“The workshop was really interesting. We learned how to sign greetings, and the alphabet and how to sign our names! And it was a great opportunity to become record breakers!”
“It’s really important to be able to communicate with deaf people” Jake
“One of my favourite things about doing Sign2sing has been when we are all in the school hall doing it together.” Caitlin
“I have enjoyed Sign2sing because I like singing, and it is important because we are raising money for people who have hearing problems”. Anya Forbes-Phyall
“I enjoyed the catchy song, and learning the signing which is important because deaf people can sing in sign language.” Molly Cooke
For more information about Kodály musicianship: http://www.britishkodalyacademy.org/about_kodaly.htm
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