Bourne Academy’s hilarious music video goes viral

Bourne Academy staff re-enact Bohemian Rhapsody
Bourne Academy staff re-enact Bohemian Rhapsody

Schools’ out for summer and staff at Bourne Academy have proved they’re game for a laugh by making a video of themselves miming and dancing along to songs which has gone viral.

The five-minute reel called the Bourne Academy Megamix 2K16 was posted on the school’s Facebook page on its last day of term and has amassed 73,000 views and 1,300 shares already.

And it’s not the first time - with staff saying the video has turned into an end of term tradition.

The video, which features teachers – including principal Laurence Reilly – starts with staff dressed in lab coats and goggles re-enacting the infamous opening sequences of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, which is followed by another clip of a large group in the school grounds dancing in formation to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Mr Reilly appears playing an electric guitar to 500 miles by The Proclaimers with deputy headteacher Lucy Conley following.

Other songs include MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This, Barbie Girl by Aqua, Reach by S Club 7 as well as the Macarena, accompanied by a clip of staff dancing along on the tables.

One of the final sequences shows a teacher riding a unicycle through the grounds only to take a fall with I Believe I Can Fly as the backing track.

A note at the ends adds that ‘Mr Spires was not harmed in the making of this video’.

The video was put together by Tom Swinn, the school’s performing arts technician.

Mr Reilly said: “This has become a bit of a tradition at the school as a bit of fun at the end of the school year - the motivation being to entertain the students at the staff’s expense.”

And the school’s personnel administration manager Vanessa Weekes added: “Personally I think its great that the students and community see another side to the staff.

“Friends and family think it’s absolutely fantastic and judging by the comments on our Facebook page this is generally the view.”

On Facebook, Demi Matthews wrote: “This video makes my day!” while Sheila Cooke added: “None of the teachers would have done this in my day, absolutely brilliant. Chris Kettle brilliant as ever.”

Rupert W Gibson wrote: “So nice to see teachers enjoy themselves! Have a great summer.” Many others were trying to pick out the staff members they recognised.

View the video here