Raising Awareness Around Living with a Disability 

This half term’s focus has been Raising Awareness around living with a disability. Throughout this month the school community has educated itself about living with a physical disability. 

Well done to Rose and Emily in year 9 for winning the Living with a Disability Awareness Month badge competition.

This term students participated in the following events:

  • Assemblies
  • In MFL students learned about British Sign Language (Makaton). They had students from Heathcote School visit their lessons and taught them some basic Makaton
  • In PE, pupils participated in immobile table tennis, and volleyball as well as visually impaired cricket
  • The Year 8s attended a viewing of ‘The Theory of Everything’.
  • The Equalities Champions designed and ran an art trail celebrating the month

A big thank you to all the staff and students who ran events for this term. They were really fantastic examples of celebrating diversity and inclusion at Bremer.

 

Year 8 Disabilities Equality session

In November, our Year 8 students took part in a workshop run by a group of students from Heathcote school with partial hearing. The Heathcote pupils presented information about British Sign Language and different types of hearing impairments. They then taught our Year 8 groups some basic sign language including greetings and some subject specific vocabulary they are currently learning in their language unit. Year 8 really enjoyed experiencing some sign language as well as gaining some understanding of what it is like to live day to day with a disability.

 

Year 8 Movie Night

This half term the equalities theme is ‘Living with a Disability’, so last week we held a Year 8 movie night, to raise money for the disability charity Scope UK. We screened ‘The Theory of Everything’, a multi-award winning film about Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and his success in the field of physics.

Students in Year 8 bought tickets for £2 each; we had cakes and refreshments and all the money we raised went to Scope UK. The students gave really positive feedback about the event, they enjoyed the film and found that learning about Stephen Hawking’s experience of living with a disability was both inspiring and insightful. We plan to hold more Year 8 movie nights in the future, with films themed around other features of the equalities agenda!