Portsmouth staff show students their Happy side with Pharrell video

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IT’S become one of the biggest songs of the year so far.

And now staff at a school in Portsmouth have made their own version of Pharrell Williams’ track Happy as a leaving present for their Year 11 students.

Staff from Miltoncross school in Milton, Portsmouth, have created a YouTube hit by doing their version of Pharrell Williams' Happy.'' Picture: Allan Hutchings (141951-260)

Staff from Miltoncross school in Milton, Portsmouth, have created a YouTube hit by doing their version of Pharrell Williams' Happy.'' Picture: Allan Hutchings (141951-260)

Around 40 teachers, support staff, teaching assistants and technicians from Miltoncross School in Portsmouth decided to group together and make their own video – and it even featured the star’s trademark hat, pictured.

Liz Cloke is assistant vice-principal at the school and helped co-ordinate the video.

She said: ‘We wanted to do something special for the Year 11s and we felt that it was the right music and the right tune to do it to.

‘We used the time after school to get the clips together. I went around and videoed people from different departments and different places around the school and put it all together.

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‘Everybody to start with was a little bit reluctant but once the music started playing it was infectious and they all got going. The reaction in the assembly itself was absolutely fantastic. They were laughing and smiling and all the staff enjoyed it as well.

‘We had kept it a secret from them so when I introduced it to them in the assembly they were surprised and they absolutely loved it.

‘It’s been good. We have had lots of comments from the students.’

Katy Robinson, assistant head of house at the school, said: ‘I felt silly at first but everyone got into it.

‘When we saw the clips of what others had done, we wanted our part to look good.

‘There was some friendly competition. It was really good.

‘They have had a long, hard year. They have just finished their exams. It was a really nice way to end – on a happy note.

‘The whole school has enjoyed it. It’s nice to see teachers as humans now and again.’

Tony Hewett, achievements centre intervention manager, said: ‘It was good to get involved and show the students that we can have a laugh and do have a sense of humour.

‘They have worked really hard so it was nice for them to have a laugh before they left.’

So far, the video has had more than 3,000 hits on YouTube.