Weather lands schools world record

Warm and sunny: Clarence Valley Anglican School students, Shannon McFarlane and Angus Woods, take a reading.
Warm and sunny: Clarence Valley Anglican School students, Shannon McFarlane and Angus Woods, take a reading.

IT'S a new world record.

Students from several Grafton schools, including St Mary's and the Clarence Valley Anglican School, yesterday participated in an attempt to break a Guinness world record for the world's largest interactive weather report and at 6pm last night it was announced they had ‘smashed' it thanks to the 502 schools participating in the attempt across the country.

Organised by the Weather Channel as part of National Science Week, the attempt involved each school taking a temperature reading in their playgrounds at 12pm (AEST).

The current record was set in Britain earlier this year when 261 schools participated.

Students from Years 5 and 6 at the Anglican School junior campus gathered yesterday in the playground where a pleasant temperature of 22.5 degrees Celsius was recorded under the supervision of teacher, Daniel Bell.

Mr Bell said the students were excited about being involved in a record attempt.

“When it was first brought up, the kids thought ‘Oh yeah weather, tornados and things'. But once we mentioned the world record attempt it was a bit like ‘Oh excellent!',” he said.

“It's fallen into our week-long group of activities with National Science Week, and it also coincides with our subject this term too, which is weather.

“The kids have all been making their own weather instruments and figuring out how to use them and measure them, so it's worked out well.”

St Mary's Primary School also got involved in the attempt and the teacher co-ordinating their effort, Larissa Greenhalgh, said the children recorded 22 degrees.

“The children were very excited about the world record attempt and have enjoyed the preparation activities,” Ms Greenhalgh said.

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