VIDEO: Charnwood College video stars' 'lipdubbing' show is a Perry big hit
If you want to know how to make your school look like the best place in town to hang out, Charnwood College has the answer.
More than 500 students and teachers have made a trendy "lipdub'' video promoting what the Loughborough school has to offer.
The film features students and teachers dancing backwards through the college while singing, or "lipdubbing'', the words to Katy Perry's hit Firework.
On its journey through the school the camera passes scores of students and staff lining the corridors, and other pupils showing off their skills in sport, art, chemistry and other areas.
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The final scenes feature hundreds of pupils dancing outdoors.
Participant Matthew Gardner, 17, said: "Everybody really caught the bug and was really enthusiastic while doing it," he said.
"There was a real sense of pride. People wanted to get involved, they wanted to have a part in the video, and people wanted to do that bit extra to help out. It really showed, especially in the final scene with everybody being so happy.''
Fellow pupil Alex Halford, 12, said: "I'm in year seven and the lipdub gave me a chance to meet lots of people – some year 11, some sixth form. It was really good fun and I made new friends and really got involved with it."
Scenes include one student ending his stint as singer by jumping into the college swimming pool, and another being rugby-tackled while he is passing through a sports hall.
The video was the idea of principal Mark Sutton, who joined the school in January, and was choreographed by staff in the expressive arts department.
It was made during the summer holiday to mark the school's re-launch as Charnwood College, formed by the merger of Burleigh Community College and Garendon High School, in Thorpe Hill, Loughborough.
The video is based on an idea that has become hugely popular in the United States.
The school staged a premiere on Wednesday night at which the film was shown to an audience of about 200 people, including chairman of Leicestershire County Council Peter Lewis. Students starring in the video were given Oscar-style awards.
Guests were greeted by student paparazzi before walking along a red carpet to the hall where the screening took place.
Mr Sutton said: "It's been a wonderful opportunity to showcase all that we can offer here in terms of facilities, our fantastic site and accommodation, the great skills of our teachers and other staff and, not least, the talents of our young people.
"Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed making the film and it has created a real Hollywood buzz around the school, making for a great start to the autumn term.
"It has been a really good experience for everyone to be part of, which will be valued by staff and students for years to come."
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