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Sign Supported English Launches at Meath School

The last Thursday before the half-term break was the day when Meath School pupils, staff, parents and guests got together to mark the occasion of Meath’s “official” launch as a Sign Supported English (SSE) using school.

The pupils and staff of Meath School have been learning SSE since the start of the autumn term, and this was an opportunity to share what had been done so far with family and friends.  We were therefore delighted to welcome forty three visitors to our celebration.

First up was an introduction to the afternoon from Janet Dunn, OBE (Meath School Head Teacher) followed by an opportunity for our visitors to go into the classrooms to be taught signs by the pupils and to learn more about SSE from the Teachers and Speech and Language Therapists.

Next we all re-grouped in the hall and were treated to a sing and signalong from each of our six classes, as well as the Meath Singers.  Teachers, Learning Support Assistants and SLTs had done a lot of preparation with the children and it was really rewarding to see the pupils enjoying being up on stage and putting everything into their singing and signing.

Following that, we had an opportunity to test the signing knowledge of the audience through a game of Bingo, with signs replacing numbers on the boards, and each sign being presented up on stage by a pupil.  Chocolate was duly given out to four lucky winners.

To round the afternoon off, we were very pleased to present two video messages of support specially recorded for Meath School from Singing Hands and TV personality Justin Fletcher (Mr Tumble).  The children were particularly excited to hear Mr Tumble talk directly to them.

A final burst of confetti marked the moment when Meath “went live” with SSE and concluded a very enjoyable afternoon!