Disability Awareness

Pupils from the school took part in a disability awareness day on Monday 18th September following a visit to the school from John McCorkell to share what inclusion means. Mr McCorkell, led a whole school assembly in which he explained to the children about the nature of his disabilities, the problems he has faced and the successes he has achieved in overcoming them; including playing wheelchair basketball and gaining a degree from university. The assembly concluded with 3 pupils from Year 5 reading prayers based on the Beatitudes which reminded the children on the importance of treating everyone equally and being aware of people’s differing needs. Mr McCorkell continued his day by leading a workshop with each class individually. This enabled them to focus in more depth on the issues raised in assembly at their level. The children took part in practical activities which gave them some understanding of what it might be like to be without sight or speech, experienced using a wheelchair, learned about sign language and the need for clear communication. All of the children learned a great deal from the experience, asked many questions and certainly gained a huge amount of awareness of the various disabilities some members of society have. Mr McCorkell provided an opportunity for everyone to experience the meaning of disability and to ask questions about disabilities. A truly memorable day.

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