Penarth pupils raise money and awareness with sign2sing
10 February 2016
Pupils at Cogan Primary School in Penarth last week hosted a sign2sing event to raise essential funds to help vulnerable deaf children and adults.
Organised by the deaf health charity SignHealth, the children joined schools throughout Wales and England to sign and sing 'Reach out a Hand', a song specially written for the occasion.
The school has a history of supporting events such as this and as some pupils at Cogan Primary suffer from hearing loss and rely on signing to communicate, sign language is a big part of the school’s culture. Cogan Primary School runs a successful hearing resource base, the only specialist primary age provision for children with a hearing loss in the Vale of Glamorgan, and provides specialist support for children with moderate to profound deafness, while fully integrating them into the daily routines of the school.
Susan Sibert, head teacher at Cogan Primary School said, "For many deaf children and adults, learning to sign is a lifeline. It gives them a means of expressing themselves and an understanding of the world around them. For hearing children, signing has many benefits: it enhances their communication and linguistic development, increases their confidence and self-esteem, and introduces them to the concept of other languages.
“Along with our school values, signing is an important part of school life and fosters a kind and caring environment for all our children. Sign2sing is a fun way to involve all of the children in our school and raise awareness of hearing loss. So all-round, sign language is a winner.”
Donations can be made by visiting www.sign2sing.org.uk/donate.