Local pupils have shown off their signing and singing skills at a fabulous concert after learning British Sign Language in schools and performing a Sign 2 Sing concert.
Gillian Baxter, principal teacher for the deaf accessibility and inclusion service, said: “Deaf pupils who use British Sign Language (BSL) attend Claypotts Primary School, Craigie High School and Braeview Academy, and each school is dedicated to having opportunities for hearing pupils to learn BSL.
“Sign 2 Sing is a fantastic event as it provided an opportunity for the whole of Claypotts and signing groups from each secondary – comprised of deaf and hearing children and staff – to come together.
“The song learned was UK No 1 bestseller Greatest Day by Take That which promotes togetherness.
“Pupils involved ranged from P1-S6 and everyone learned some or all of the song.
“Deaf and hearing pupils stood together and led the assembly.”
Hearing pupil Grazyna Branicka and Merisa Reinholde, a deaf pupil, said/signed: “Pupils learning to sign at Claypotts, Craigie and Braeview is important because it means deaf pupils are being included. Thank you everyone for always trying to learn more signs.”
Parents, both deaf and hearing, of the deaf children attended the event. Not all use BSL at home but support the use of BSL as it is useful for helping to develop language and communication for all.
One parent said: “It was thoroughly enjoyable to take part in an event that bridged a gap between the hearing and deaf children, brought together via music and sign language.”
Pupils were excited to finally be performing together. Some after the event shared “This was the best Sign 2 Sing ever.”
Sign 2 Sing is organised by a charity called Sign Health that helps deaf people stay healthy. Pupils at Claypotts and Braeview have been collecting coppers and raised £219.38 for the group.