You’ve got to hand it to singing pupils

SHOW OF HANDS ... Hedworth Lane Primary School pupils joined the sign2sing fundraiser.
SHOW OF HANDS ... Hedworth Lane Primary School pupils joined the sign2sing fundraiser.
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CARING school pupils in South Tyneside have signed up to sing – in order to lend a helping hand to a vital cause.

Youngsters at Hedworth Lane Primary School, in Boldon Colliery, took a break from sums and science to join a nationwide bid to raise cash and awareness for a charity supporting deaf children.

The annual sign2sing event, organised by the deaf health charity SignHealth, will see schools, workplaces and community groups all over the country translate music into sign language throughout the week.

More than 144,000 people took part in the record-breaking fundraising drive last year, raising tens of thousands of pounds.

The class action proved a huge hit with pupils who were eager to hit a high note to help others.

Pupils have been busy learning this year’s chosen sign2sing song as well as the suitable hand signs to accompany it, for the past three weeks.

The whole school, from four and five-year-olds in reception class to 11-year-olds in Year 5, took part in the big sing-a-long yesterday morning.

Each child brought in a £1 donation for SignHealth to take part in the event.

Kathryn Jago, who is Year 4 teacher and music co-ordinator at the school, was delighted to raise precious pounds, and all-important awareness of the campaign.

Miss Jago said: “The whole school were involved in the sign2sing event.

“We are a singing school, and this is something different for us to do while raises money and awareness for the charity.

“We chose the song Joining Hands Today.

“The children learned the song first, and then we have spent a few minutes at the end of each day learning the right signs.

“We have been learning the song and the signs for about three weeks.

“It was great. All of the children have been able to get involved.

“We do have children at the school who have hearing issues, so it was important for us to raise awareness.

A SignHealth spokesman said: “Deafness isolates children, and that affects their health in later life.

“Sign2sing brings deaf and hearing children together through sign language.

“Last year, 144,503 people took part, setting a brand new SignHealth record.

“They raised tens of thousands of pounds to help give deaf children the same healthy future as their hearing friends.

“We’re also aiming to inspire future generations of doctors, nurses, lawyers, healthcare workers and others, to learn sign language.”

For more information on Signhealth and their annual sing2sing event, log onto www.signhealth.org.uk/

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