VIDEO: East Lancs teachers’ end-of-term video goes viral

Scenes from the Fisher-More end of term video featuring the staff

Scenes from the Fisher-More end of term video featuring the staff

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SCHOOL pupils normally celebrate the end of term with parties, non-uniform days and practical jokes.

But teachers at Fisher-More High School, Colne, were dancing in the classroom, and now they’re ‘Happy’ to see a video of their exploits going viral on the internet.

The school closed on Thursday for the summer holidays and unveiled its homemade production at the end of year school mass before uploading it on to its Twitter and Facebook pages.

In the footage, teachers can be seen letting their hair down and dancing away to Pharrell Williams’ smash hit single. Only one pupil features in the video but most members of staff make an appearance. Dave Swarbrick, who teachers ICT and appears lifting weights in the school gym, said: “It was our chaplain Tina Fishwick who came up with the idea.

“She’s very persuasive and always has lots of weird and wacky ideas that we can’t say ‘no’ to.

“The idea was to use the video as a way to show the pupils that we aren’t just stressy teachers, that we are approachable and human and, most of all, that we are happy to teach them and happy to be part of the Fisher-More community.”

After only a few days, the video had been viewed thousands of times.

Students past and present have left messages online about the video, which is also available on Youtube.

Lauren Smith said: “Best high school ever! So wish I was back there. Absolutely love the staff members – one big family.” Genevieve Barwick said: “Best school ever. Can’t wait to go back after holiday” and Toby Wilkinson said simply: ‘Awesome.’ Mr Swarbrick added: “I was a pupil at Fisher-More myself and it really is a happy place to learn. All the comments we’ve received from pupils who have since left show that it’s a place that really sticks with you and a lot of people have very happy memories of this place.”

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8:37am Sat 26 Jul 14

HowardLee23 says...

Brilliant!
Brilliant! HowardLee23
  • Score: 8

9:42am Sat 26 Jul 14

BelTower says...

Well done....have a good break
Well done....have a good break BelTower
  • Score: 6

9:53am Sat 26 Jul 14

useyourhead says...

lovely, ,looks like they had a ball making it, well done
lovely, ,looks like they had a ball making it, well done useyourhead
  • Score: 4

11:39am Sat 26 Jul 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

If I didn't have to go to work for the next 7 weeks I would be dancing too!
If I didn't have to go to work for the next 7 weeks I would be dancing too! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -2

10:46pm Sat 26 Jul 14

thoroughbred says...

Respect ha ha....a bit of light hearted fun, the pupils will enjoy sharing this video
Respect ha ha....a bit of light hearted fun, the pupils will enjoy sharing this video thoroughbred
  • Score: 4

10:47am Sun 27 Jul 14

Was Hingma Chine says...

Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on?
Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on? Was Hingma Chine
  • Score: -10

5:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Colneunitedfc says...

Take it you failed school Graham ?
Take it you failed school Graham ? Colneunitedfc
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

Colneunitedfc wrote:
Take it you failed school Graham ?
Don't we all? Popery and Catholicism annoy me, probably for at least the reasons that I'm English and hold science in high regard.
[quote][p][bold]Colneunitedfc[/bold] wrote: Take it you failed school Graham ?[/p][/quote]Don't we all? Popery and Catholicism annoy me, probably for at least the reasons that I'm English and hold science in high regard. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

12:36am Tue 29 Jul 14

RDA Citizen says...

Do you ever get the feeling you chose the wrong profession?
Do you ever get the feeling you chose the wrong profession? RDA Citizen
  • Score: 0

6:20am Tue 29 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

Is cynicism a profession? If so, yes. But I find much interest in the amateur status.
Is cynicism a profession? If so, yes. But I find much interest in the amateur status. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 0

11:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Minnie the moocher says...

Was Hingma Chine wrote:
Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on?
School staff are on a pro rata salary, so even though they are paid every month, they are only paid for 47 weeks of the year.

They are paid five weeks holidays, like a lot of other non school staff. And when they book their holidays, they are paying premium prices as they are obviously in the school hols.
[quote][p][bold]Was Hingma Chine[/bold] wrote: Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on?[/p][/quote]School staff are on a pro rata salary, so even though they are paid every month, they are only paid for 47 weeks of the year. They are paid five weeks holidays, like a lot of other non school staff. And when they book their holidays, they are paying premium prices as they are obviously in the school hols. Minnie the moocher
  • Score: 1

6:45am Thu 31 Jul 14

Was Hingma Chine says...

Minnie the moocher wrote:
Was Hingma Chine wrote:
Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on?
School staff are on a pro rata salary, so even though they are paid every month, they are only paid for 47 weeks of the year.

They are paid five weeks holidays, like a lot of other non school staff. And when they book their holidays, they are paying premium prices as they are obviously in the school hols.
Yes. My comment wasn't about the routine of pay but about what staff are doing to 'earn' it.
[quote][p][bold]Minnie the moocher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Hingma Chine[/bold] wrote: Teachers not short of time to think of ways to 'earn' what we pay them. Where is it mentioned in national curriculum that these jollies must go on?[/p][/quote]School staff are on a pro rata salary, so even though they are paid every month, they are only paid for 47 weeks of the year. They are paid five weeks holidays, like a lot of other non school staff. And when they book their holidays, they are paying premium prices as they are obviously in the school hols.[/p][/quote]Yes. My comment wasn't about the routine of pay but about what staff are doing to 'earn' it. Was Hingma Chine
  • Score: 0

6:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

Was Hingma Chine says...

Missing one or two comments. Deleted by Catholic sympathisers, eh.
Missing one or two comments. Deleted by Catholic sympathisers, eh. Was Hingma Chine
  • Score: 0

9:37pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Was Hingma Chine says...

If comment about teachers' pay is invited, it's said that a teacher on strike loses 1/195th of the annual salary for each day spent on strike, so on thirty thousand per annum that's almost £154 per day. The pain of that loss is eased by the prospect of a occupational pension which reaches into five figures. I know several teachers with pensions of ten, fifteen, twenty thousand pounds and tax-free lump sums of double those amounts. The security of those pensions for future generations of teachers is part of the reason they give for striking. Well, I can support them in that but my concern in the cases of schools which prepare and release these performances is that they are not required by the national curriculum (as I've read it), they're open to critical review and they cost time equivalent to tidy sums of money. Poor spelling is featured, and when this is mentioned the comment (not mine) is removed. Bad show.
If comment about teachers' pay is invited, it's said that a teacher on strike loses 1/195th of the annual salary for each day spent on strike, so on thirty thousand per annum that's almost £154 per day. The pain of that loss is eased by the prospect of a occupational pension which reaches into five figures. I know several teachers with pensions of ten, fifteen, twenty thousand pounds and tax-free lump sums of double those amounts. The security of those pensions for future generations of teachers is part of the reason they give for striking. Well, I can support them in that but my concern in the cases of schools which prepare and release these performances is that they are not required by the national curriculum (as I've read it), they're open to critical review and they cost time equivalent to tidy sums of money. Poor spelling is featured, and when this is mentioned the comment (not mine) is removed. Bad show. Was Hingma Chine
  • Score: 0

10:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

Colneunitedfc wrote:
Take it you failed school Graham ?
Col, your comment looks odd because my comments were deleted - two anagrams and attention brought to poor spelling. A facility with anagram construction and a ready eye for spelling are not common indicators of poor performance at school. Yet it is my perception that I did flunk school, and I accept your suggestion.
[quote][p][bold]Colneunitedfc[/bold] wrote: Take it you failed school Graham ?[/p][/quote]Col, your comment looks odd because my comments were deleted - two anagrams and attention brought to poor spelling. A facility with anagram construction and a ready eye for spelling are not common indicators of poor performance at school. Yet it is my perception that I did flunk school, and I accept your suggestion. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -1

10:51pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

Try again with a tune from Mozart. I'm much more likely to find reason to approve.
Try again with a tune from Mozart. I'm much more likely to find reason to approve. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -1

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