Avast thar me hearties, youngsters at Newington Community Primary School in Ramsgate have been talking like seasoned old sea dogs.
Pupils in music lessons have been taking part in the quirky International Talk Like A Pirate Day, held every year of September 19.
As well as their swashbuckling sentences, youngsters have also been lending an ear to the special Talk Like A Pirate programme made at the school’s award-winning Triple A Radio studio by the young broadcasters and music teacher Warwick Eldred.
He said: “Shiver me timbers – pupils have been investigating how this rather odd and fun event came about where participators spend the whole day talking like a pirate.
Children have also created a short radio documentary exploring the origins of the celebration and also investigated the top ten piratical sayings.
Head Teacher Cliff Stoke said: “This is an interesting way of looking at a social phenomenon that developed swiftly to become an international event.
“As well as researching the background to its creation, pupils again used the fast-developing broadcasting skills and creative computer techniques. It is another way that learning and fun go together at Newington.”
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic ‘holiday’ created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), from Oregon in America, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.
The ‘holiday’, and its observance, springs from a romanticised view of the Golden Age of Piracy.
According to Summers, the day is the only known ‘holiday’ to come into being as a result of a sports injury. During a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born.
At first an inside joke between two friends speaking ‘piratical’ to each other, the event gained exposure via a journalist, video and social media.