Main photo: Mission Grove School in Walthamstow
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Eurocamp’s Head of Marketing, Chris Hilton, says: “We are proud to be involved with this fantastic cause and at Eurocamp we are big advocates of family fun. Sign2Sing is great because it brings people together and teaches them sign language in an enjoyable and memorable way, whilst importantly providing a brighter and healthier future for deaf children in the UK and abroad.”
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Lots of schools take part in sign2sing but not every school has a special sign club. Children from St John’s Primary Academy in Essington get together throughout the year to learn signed songs lead by Support Assistant Jyoti Budd. And now the children have made a special film showing them performing the sign2sing song ‘Reach Out Your Hand’, with a special appearance from Deaf pop star Fletch.
Signing is part of life at the school
The school has a number of deaf pupils including Dylan and Jordan, featured in the video, who are not only great friends but fantastic role models.
“Signing is part of life at the school’ says Deputy Head Teacher, Charlene Marston “If we have a Harvest Festival or special assembly the children always learn a signed song.”
The whole school learned the 2016 song Reach Out Your Hand and now Sign Club re busy learning the 2017 song Together. The plan is for the club to sign the verses and teach the chorus to the rest of the school. One of the school’s deaf pupils is in his final year at the school so performing the song will be a fantastic opportunity to give him a really special send off.
“We love taking part in sign2sing’ says Charlene “It promotes deaf awareness and there’s something very poignant about the whole school learning to sign when we have deaf children at the school.”
Sign2sing’s 2017 song ‘Together’ has a strong anti-bullying message, telling us that we’re ‘better off together’. That’s why we’re getting behind Anti Bullying Week (14-18th November).
The theme this year is #powerforgood. The aim of the week is to:
- Support children and young people to use their power for good by understanding the waysin which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best possible world.
- Help parents and carers use their power for good by supporting children with and cares to use their power for good to support children with issues relating to bullying and and working together with schools to stop bullying.
- Encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their power for good, by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life and taking individual and collection action to prevent bullying and creating safe environments where children can thrive.
Sign2sing is a great way to make anti-bullying a key part of the curriculum including PSHE, music and drama. If you haven’t signed up to take part, why not register today?
The insurance company Aviva is offering charities the chance to win money to fund their projects. SignHealth is one of the charities that has been selected to be part of a vote to win the funds. If we win, we will use the money to help us continue sign2sing’s work to improve deaf lives in the UK.
We need your help. Please help us win by voting for SignHealth using the following link: http://bit.ly/2en1C7X
You will be asked to register first and an email will be sent to your inbox. Just click on the authorization link in the email which will take you to the voting page. Search for SignHealth and go to our special page where you can vote. You have ten votes, you can use ALL of them for SignHealth if you want to.
Please also share the link with your friends and family on social media. The more votes we get, the more chance we have of winning some of the funds.
Closing date is Friday 18th November.
The new song for sign2sing 2017 is here and it’s called Together. The song, written and sung for sign2sing by BottleTop MusicProductions with additional vocals by Get Gospel, has been brought to life in an uplifting video by Deaf film maker Bim Ajadi.
Bim and his team made the video for the 2016 song Reach Out Your Hand and for 2017 they’ve produced another superb film, featuring deaf performer Rebecca Withey. Filming for the video took place at The Cottesloe School in Wing where students were joined by deaf and hearing pupils from Wingrave C of E Combined School and Gifford Primary School.
Cottesloe School has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in drama and Bim and his team made the most of the fantastic facilities and talented students. Also featured in the video is footage of deaf children who attend schools supported by SignHealth Uganda.
Deaf perfomer Fletch has also filmed a series of tutorials to hep participants learn the song and signs including a whole song tutorial and a line-by-line guide.