On Monday the 20th of March The Leigh Academy was proud to welcome 30 primary age children and 20 specialist staff including teachers of the deaf and their skilled support assistants. The primary schools that attended were Fleetdown, Molehill, Pelham, St Vincent’s and All Faiths.
The Leigh Academy’s Deaf and Hearing Impaired students were fantastic role models to the young pupils leading activities on the day. The theme of the day was ‘Deaf Identity’ and included a morning session lead by the sports department which did an outstanding job creating an inclusive and fun variety of skill based table tennis challenge games in the sports hall. This was an ideal icebreaker and encouraged all the schools to mix and for the children to make new friends. One girl had never mixed with other deaf children before and she loved her day meeting other signing children.
The children also enjoyed the excellent restaurant facilities and the welcoming catering staff who worked extremely hard providing cake, Jelly and toffee apples!
The afternoon was facilitated by a Deaf run company called ‘Deafax’, Rubena and her British Sign Language Interpreter led the ‘Deaf Identity’ art based workshop in which the children explored ‘what it means to be deaf in a hearing world’. The children and staff had great fun creating portraits of themselves to take away.
A fantastic day was had by all and it was a wonderful opportunity for deaf children and staff to network and discuss issues which are important to them. The Leigh Academy Inclusion Team worked especially hard on the day and should be proud of their achievements.
We would like to thank all staff who supported the day behind the scenes.