Students at Yateley School celebrated their annual Sports Personality of the Year event this week, but it was the teachers who stole the show with a memorable lip sync singing battle.
The awards, run every year to recognise and congratulate students on their sporting achievements, were held at the Foundation Sports Hall on Tuesday (July 21).
On the night, Victoria Laflin won the Outstanding Achievement Award for her efforts on the rugby pitch, as well as scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Anya Day won the overall Sports Personality of the Year award and was described by PE teacher Sam Short as: “A real all-rounder who can turn her hand to anything.”
Rory Williams took top gong in the KS4 Effort and Achievment Award while Maisy Hunt took the KS3 Effort and Achievement Award for their application during lessons.
The year nine netball team won team of the year, after winning their league and coming second in the English Netball Schools Tournament held in Minehead, which is open to entry for all schools in the country.
But it was indeed the teachers who took the limelight, as their lip sync battle, lasting more than seven minutes had pupils in hysterics.
PE teacher Ms Short said: “The head of PE saw it on TV and thought it would be a great idea so we started it off with S Club 7 and sent the challenge out to other departments.”
Other entries in to the battle included assistant headteacher Rupert Keeble doing his version of U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer and Dancing on the Ceiling performed by head of history Lee Goredema.
Ms Short added: “All of the teachers really embraced it and gave it their all.
“So many teachers were actually upset because we had more of them put submissions in not all of them got to show theirs.”
Teachers and pupils alike have been left surprised at just how popular the video has proved to be.
“The pupils absolutely loved it,” Ms Short said. “They enjoyed watching and have clearly spread the word. We had 250 people there on the night and now 3,000 people have see it online.
“Everyone was just laughing. All of the parents and the community have taken to it as well. It’s important for the children to see we can have some fun as well.”
She added: “We’d like to congratulate all of our nominees on the night.
“We’re such a big school that it’s a great achievement to be nominated, and of course congratulations to those who won awards.”