Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Former Tannum Student's Shake Ritual Goes Viral

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Former Tannum Student's Shake Ritual Goes Viral

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Byline: Tegan Annett tegan.annett@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A VIDEO of a former Tannum Sands man's daily routine of twirling, jumping, fist pumping and flicking his hair has gone viral.

Now a Grade 4 teacher at Brisbane's Wellers Hill State School, Thomas Hams, has become an online sensation because of his unique way of welcoming his students to class every day.

The former Tannum Sands State High School student memorises individual handshakes to do with each of his 21 students as they enter the classroom.

His inspiration was from an American teacher, whose video went viral last month, of doing similar routines with his students.

The video of Mr Hams, who attended Tannum Sands State High School from 2007 to 2011, was shared on the Tarragindi school's Facebook page and has been viewed more than 143,000 times.

It's had almost 1000 shares, 1600 likes and more than 450 comments.

Tannum Sands State High School principal Heather Moller said it was a pleasure to see what Mr Hams was doing now. …

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