A group of students from Sydney Adventist College, Strathfield, New South Wales, say they are ready to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Looking to beat the official world record for the highest biscuit/cookie tower, set by the Girl Scouts of America, the students staged their attempt at the recently opened Top-Ryde Shopping Centre in North Ryde, Sydney.
But making the structure look appealing and going three metres, we calculated, would require more than 3500 Tim-Tams
Joshua Moses, the school’s marketing officer, who coordinated the record attempt on the official Guinness World Record Day, says Top-Ryde has been marketed as the new fashion marketplace in Sydney.
“With the Christmas season starting, I knew there would be a fair few people there.” Staff members attended on the night of the record attempt to field enquiries from curious passers-by.
“Often schools go to shopping centres to pass out promotional materials, but this way it’s exciting and engaging for people to watch and since we had our school banners, our students were dressed in uniform, and we had our teaching staff there, it was a great plug for our school and we did have quite a few parents inquiring about the school,” says Mr Moses.
Mr Moses wanted a challenge that could be undertaken by a group without incurring too much expense and “something really Aussie”. So the dream of a giant Tim-Tam tower was born. The Girl Scouts of America tower was 1.5 metres, which seemed an achievable record to top.
“We announced it to the students a few weeks back,” says Mr Moses. “We told them to write 100 words to say why they should be a part of the team that constructs the actual tower on the night. We had two representatives from our middle school and two from our senior school.” The lucky students selected were Viriama Daniela (Year 11), Jason Shirley (Year 10), Jonathan Lee (Year 6) and Rebecca Adonis (Year 5).
“Initially we wanted to go to three metres,” says Joshua Moses. “But making the structure look appealing and going three metres, we calculated, would require more than 3500 Tim-Tams.
At first Arnotts was apprehensive to sponsor us, but thanks to the help of some friends ‘on the inside’ we were able to get 200 packs from Arnotts.” This quantity, added to the Tim-Tams students and staff donated, came to somewhere around 280 packs. Exact numbers of actual chocolate biscuits are difficult to calculate, due to a number of mysterious disappearances during the record attempt.
The team of four took three and a half hours to use all the available Tim-Tams and smashed the previous world record of 1.5 metres by reaching a height of 201 centimetres, or six feet, six inches.
The students needed to stand on chairs to put the final biscuits in place.
“Onlookers were snapping away photos on their iPhones and cheering us on the entire time as it got higher and higher,” says Mr Moses. “It was a great night without any Tim-Tam related injuries and everyone enjoyed a couple of biscuits after it was all said and done.”