They have been happy, funky and all shook up but staff at Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School in Chester have chosen to shake it all off this year.
For the fourth year, staff at the Great Boughton academy have honed their dance moves and donned fancy dress to entertain Year 11 students in their end of year celebration assembly.
The staff have created their own special version of the Taylor Swift hit Shake it Off following being Uptown Funk in 2015, Happy like Pharrell Williams in 2014 and doing the Harlem Shake in 2013.
The premiere of their new video came at the end of the Year 11 Celebration Service for students and their parents in a packed assembly hall. The event combined speeches, performances, reflection and prayer.
Learning and achievement manager for Year 11 Emma Thomas said: “This event is so important to us. To share in the fellowship and success of this year group with the students, their parents and our teachers really proves that our school community works together to nurture our students.”
However, this year proved to be a real challenge for staff who knew that students were doing their very best to discover the secrets of what had been planned.
Ms Thomas explained: “There had been so much interest from the Year 11 students about what ‘their video’ would be that we had to create a dummy version of Peter Kay’s version of Amarillo which we used to open the video.
"One student spotted a purple jacket in school and made the connection. That seemed to be enough to throw students off the scent. Security was so tight that our head of ICT Stephen Moffatt ended up creating a secret studio in the soon-to-be-opened new sixth form block where staff could go to film the closing sequences.”
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The video had already clocked up over 2000 views on YouTube within 12 hours of its release.