If school days are meant to be the best of your life pupils at one Lancashire school are in for a great time.
Staff at Priory Science College in Burscough had pupils rolling in their seats after recording a video of themselves dancing to the hit song Gangnam Style.
The entire staff, from teachers through to kitchen staff, performed south Korean singer PSY’s hit – recorded in secret over three days.
The end-of-term treat provided such a success it has already had more than 7,000 hits on You Tube.
Pupils now want their teachers to put on a show at the end of every term and headteacher Catherine Edens is planning to give it a go.
The head, who took over the reins last March, wanted to end the year on a high note and reward pupils for being praised by Ofsted inspectors.
Rather than dish out a few treats she asked the staff to do something a bit different.
Known for being “a bit quirky,” when she mentioned her Gangnam video idea in the staff room it raised a few eyebrows but the team knew she was serious and was up for the challenge.
she said: “We’ve been Ofsteded recently and did really well. The kids were described as outstanding. We were good overall but inspectors were really impressed by the kids.
“Things have really improved a lot in the last year and so I wanted them (the pupils) to leave for the holiday feeling happy and excited, knowing that we care about them. I wanted to give something back because they have given a lot.”
Miss Edens added: “The staff have been fantastic, just brilliant. I think schools can be too focused on results all the time but it is not all about academics, other things like confidence building are also important and we wanted to show them we can have a laugh as well.
“We got them all into assembly and it was really funny. I teased them at first and was very serious, then Miss Baker, head of PE switched it on and it was brilliant. The reaction was great.”
The Gangnam Style dance moves have become a phenomenon with moves attempted by top political leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who hailed it as a “force for world peace.”
Head boy James Ingram, 15, said: “It was a nice way to end the year. It was very different to what has ever been done at school before. We saw the teachers in a new light.”
Amber O’Connor, 16, head girl, said: “It caused a lot of excitement. It was positive way to end the year and the whole school was buzzing.”
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