World beaters again - that’s Ellon Academy!
ELLON Academy is celebrating after securing an entry in the Guinness World Records for the third time.
The school has received official confirmation that they have set the new record for Largest Superman Dance.
Their attempt last September involved pupils and staff performing a mass dance at the town’s Deer Park to Superman by Black Lace.
They were led on stage by Sergeant Stuart Law from the Royal Marines, Chief Petty Officer Peter Box from the Royal Navy, deputy head prefect Josh Brock and rector Tim McKay
A total of 880 staff and pupils participated, dressed in at least two items of 1980s fancy dress.
A wide range of representatives from the local community verified that participants danced correctly in order to meet the criteria for record.
More than 100 pupil volunteers gained the national Saltire Challenge Award, the first pupils in Aberdeenshire to do so, for their voluntary service to support the school’s fundraising committee.
Their work included organising and running the ‘Party in the Park’ featuring the record-breaking dance.
More than £7600 for school funds from sponsorship of the dance and stalls held at the event.
Depute rector Kim Hall said: “This event was part of a whole school Citizenship and Enterprise fundraising day to promote positive activities for young people to do in their spare time.
“It is a fantastic achievement, demonstrating clearly the excellent working relationships between young people and staff in Ellon Academy and with our community and business partners.
“The school’s Fundraising Committee and pupil volunteers who organised and ran the day should be very proud. We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the school.”
Acting Rector Glynis McClymont added: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school, made possible by the teamwork of pupils, staff and our partners. I am very proud of them all. The event was a great way to raise money and have some fun into the bargain.
“Ellon Academy continues to be a world record-breaking school - this is our third Guinness World Records entry during my time at the school and I am sure the tradition will continue.”
The school’s achievement was praised by Ellon Community Council chairman Sandy McDougall.
He said: “It was a very well attended event and had the support of the local community.
“It is great for the image of the town and all credit to everyone at the academy for their achievement.”
Local politicians also expressed their congratulations.
Ellon and District Councillor Gillian Owen said: “Students at the Academy never cease to amaze me.
“What great news about the new addition to the Guinness World Records. To all who took part - super.... congratulations well done.”
The school previously entered the record books for building the world’s longest sandcastle and dancing the biggest ceilidh reel.