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A JUNIOR school in Hayling Island has just won the highest possible award for a national singing programme.

Mengham Juniors, in Palmerston Road, was given the platinum Sing Up award in recognition of putting singing at the heart of school life.

Karyn Harris, music manager at the school, said ‘I am thrilled to receive the Platinum award on behalf of the school. ‘All the children and staff show such commitment to singing and their enthusiasm is fantastic. They deserve recognition for their achievements.

‘This school is a much happier place now everyone sings and there is nothing better than a song for cheering up a wet afternoon or a settling down after a boisterous playtime!’

All primary schools in England were set the challenge of achieving a Sing Up Award between September 15 last year and National Sing Up Day yesterday (February 9).

The awards recognise, celebrate and support schools that make singing a priority and Mengham Junior’s award illustrates its commitment to the ethos of 100 per cent participation in singing.

Mengham Juniors will receive a limited edition Singing Pad, a gadget which the children can use in the classroom and the playground to play a range of singing games. They will also receive a personalised video message from composer Howard Goodall, who composed the soundtrack for TV’s Vicar of Dibley andis also the nation’s singing ambassador. The school celebrated their win with a ‘singing across the curriculum’ day on February 9 - where all lessons were song-based.