Ottery St Mary school prepares to break world record… with help from Olli the monkey

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By PGStrange | Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 15:54

AN OTTERY ST MARY school is preparing to beat a charity world record breaking attempt. And it's hoped that its pupils will wear a brightly coloured scarf – like Olli the monkey's – while doing so…

Pupils at Ottery St Mary's West Hill Primary School are practising for sign2sing 2013, which takes place at 2.45pm on Wednesday 6 February. The event, organized by the national deaf healthcare charity SignHealth, is a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song simultaneously.

"We are looking forward to taking part in sign2sing," said Sue Nield, Headteacher at West Hill Primary School. "The children have been busy practising the song and are excited about being part of a world record breaking attempt for the most people signing and singing a song at the same time.

"It is a great opportunity for all of the children and the staff to learn and perform something together and they are hoping to help break the world record."

So far more than 950 schools, including Ottery St Mary's West Hill Primary School, have signed up to join in with the event. It's primarily aimed at four to 11-year-olds, although younger and older children and adults can join in if they wish. SignHealth is hoping to smash its previous two records and involve more than 175,000 youngsters.

Bright blue scarf

The charity is also inviting participants to wear a scarf like the children's book character Olli in return for a suggested £1 donation.

"Olli the monkey is our mascot," said Steve Powell, SignHealth's Chief Executive. "He's rarely seen without his bright blue scarf. We are asking everyone taking part to wear a scarf – like Olli's – to school on the day of sign2sing and take in their £1 donation.

"Teachers and parents are welcome to join in too. The money raised from the event will be used to continue our work helping to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of deaf people, including deaf children."

Registrations for the event have now closed, but children who haven't registered can still join in with the fundraiser by wearing a scarf and donating £1 each. Donations can be made after the event by contacting SignHealth on 01494 687600.

Monkey Manor

As well as joining in with the event on 6 February, Olli features in the online digital resources and in an interactive lesson called 'Monkey Manor', at sign2sing

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



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