2020 Guinness World Records book | Vasse Primary School relive the magic

They did it - Vasse Primary School is featured on page five of the 2020 Guinness World Records book - smashing the world record to have the largest gathering of people dressed as Dr Suess characters.

On July 24, 2018 - 890 students, teachers and community members came together dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2, thumping the previous record of 686 characters held by Heron Pond Elementary School in the USA.

The event was organised to celebrate a love of reading and to inspire students to appreciate the stories of Dr Suess.

Vasse Primary School deputy principal Rob Reynolds said it was so exciting to be on page five which featured a large photo of their world record.

"It has re-brought all the positive energy that came out of it, the love of reading and the excitement from the event," he said.

"It is so great for the students, which kid does not like looking at the Guinness World Records, then all of a sudden we are in it this year.

"The children are world record holders, a lot of them really love that and are going to cherish the book into the future.

"It is such a great record for a school to break because it links into reading and there are a lot of good messages linked into the Dr Suess stories."

All the excitement of their world record last year almost came crashing down after another school in Queensland attempted to break the same record.

Mr Reynolds said it happened a couple of months after they had broken the record, admitting he felt a bit gutted.

"I watched the news about it and it did not look right, it said there were 892 students," he said.

After going through the process himself, Mr Reynolds said he knew the amount of hoops and requirements that were needed to show evidence of a record being broken and believed the other school did not meet the criteria.

"For each group of students there had to be an independent supervisor, plus timekeepers which included community members," he said.

"Vasse MLA Libby Mettam and Mark Gillett from Cape Natuarliste College were the overseers of the project and the police were our counters.

"I felt our process was pretty tight and that is why we ended up getting the record and it has not been broken since."

Mr Reynolds said when he was researching the Guinness World Records around 80 per cent of record attempts failed.

"I felt really comfortable we had all the requirements we needed for it," he said.

"We are looking forward to the future and the next record we could possibly attempt."

Mr Reynolds said in collaboration with the school's Parent and Citizens Committee and Barefoot Books they held a fundraiser to sell the books with a percentage of sales going to the school.