The Stirling Council establishment was left drenched on Monday as flash floods brought down ceiling tiles and damaged the school’s kitchen, forcing its doors to temporarily close on Tuesday.
The torrential downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of staff and pupils, however, as they continued with their end of term events this week after the school was reopened on Wednesday.
That programme culminated in this morning’s ambitious attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest Slosh, with a near 550-strong team taking to the school’s 3G pitch to strut their stuff.
Sloshing at Christmas
The idea was the brain child of P.E. teacher Mel Dunsmore, who was inspired after seeing pupil participation in the iconic line dance at last year’s Christmas social.
“The pupils absolutely love the dance for some reason so we have wanted to do this for a long time,” she explained.
“After Monday’s flood and the school temporarily closing on Tuesday, we didn’t know if we would get the numbers, but everyone showed up, cleared up the school and helped make today possible.”
There is currently no official Guinness World Record for the biggest joint Slosh but GWR officials have confirmed to Stirling Council that a record attempt would require a minimum of 500 participants.
Today, 545 pupils and staff took part in Wallace High’s bid to make history.
The GWR’s strict guidelines give leave for a 10 per cent fail rate, and with independent adjudicators only disqualifying 10 people at today’s event, Head Teacher Scott Pennock is confident the school has passed the test with flying colours.
“We had a great turn and everyone did so well to keep in time and keep going through the full dance,” he said.
“You have to keep going steady for a full five minutes and with today’s scorching sunshine, that was easier said than done.
“After everything the school went through this week with the rain, this was a great way to cap off another excellent year and I’m so proud of all the school staff and pupils who’ve helped make this possible.”
The wait is now on as the school must send video footage of the giant Slosh to Guinness World Records officials for verification before they can say for sure if they’ve made history.
The positivity created by the event – and the money raised for charity Kidney Kids Scotland - has been enough for now, however, with the Council’s education representatives lavishing praise on the school for their efforts.
Cllr Susan McGill, convenor for Children and Young People said: “It’s a great way for the school to bounce back from the damage caused by Monday’s weather and I wish them every luck.”
Vice convenor, Cllr Margaret Brisley, added: “What a brilliant way to finish up for summer in such fantastic weather. Stirling leads the way with its education provision and now we could be making history again with this brilliant event.”