Forget Gangnam - now Penketh students are Happy

Happy

Head teacher Jeff Hughes

First published in News

WHEN your workplace made itself into a YouTube hit with their version of Gangnam Style where do you go to next?

This year staff at Penketh High School will be hoping to not only smash the views for this year’s surprise music video send up but also raise lots of money for charity at the same time.

Last year retiring head teacher Jeff Hughes took a starring role in their own version of the Gangnam Style video which totted up more than 325,000 hits on YouTube.

The Heath Road school unveiled their end of year video for pupils preparing for their GCSEs yesterday, Wednesday, with its own version of the Happy video by Pharrell Williams.

And this time they are urging people who watch the video to send a donation to St Rocco’s Hospice.

Head teacher Ben Dunne, who replaced Mr Hughes in September 2013, said: “Our pupils have worked so hard again this year that we had to follow up Gangnam Style with something amazing in order to recognise the hard work that staff and pupils are putting in to ensure even greater success this coming summer.

“We are delighted that the film will be used to support St Rocco's Hospice, a charity close to the heart of our school and the wider community across Warrington.”

To hype the tension before the big unveiling businesses and organisations across the town got in on the act by displaying question marks in shop windows, in the Warrington Guardian and on websites.

They are encouraging anyone who goes online to watch the video to donate £3 towards the vital work which the hospice does.

YouTube viewers will be encouraged to text HAPP113 to 70070 to donate £3 or visit justgiving.com/St-Roccos.

The film, starring more than 60 teachers, was premiered as a climax to the year 11 leavers’ assembly for 250 pupils.

Go to warringtonguardian.co.uk to see the video and donate to St Rocco’s Hospice

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