Skip to main content Skip to accessibility
This website is not compatible with your web browser. You should install a newer browser. If you live in Jersey and need help upgrading call the States of Jersey web team on 440099.
Government of

Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

  • Choose the service you want to log in to:


    Update your notification preferences


    Access government services


    Clear goods through customs or claim relief

  • Talentlink

    View or update your States of Jersey job application

Deaf Awareness Week in schools

03 June 2019

deaf awareness

Schools have been running programmes of activities to raise awareness and challenge perceptions of hearing loss and deafness.

St Clement’s Primary School recently held their Deaf Awareness Week with a variety of activities designed to educate children and their parents about what it is like to be deaf.  Staff taught children how to sign Happy Birthday, and posted a video on Facebook so that parents could learn too.

St Clement’s Primary School deputy headteacher, Marianne Hickling, said: “We have been told that, since learning to sign this song at school, the children automatically sign it when they go to birthday parties, so we thought it would be a good idea to teach families how to sign correctly.

“We also organised a Deaf Awareness workshop where children could wear ear defenders to get a feeling of what it is like to be deaf and experience being woken up by a vibrating pad, instead of an alarm clock. These activities were also available for parents to try out at our Open Day last half term.”

Le Rocquier School, which is the host secondary school to the Additionally Resourced Centre for deaf students, are running their programme of activities this week, from Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June, when a team from the National Deaf Children’s Society will visit the school.

Most activities are on Wednesday from 8.15am with a coffee morning for parents and carers to meet other parents of children with a hearing loss. At 2pm the school will host a drop-in session for parents and carers of deaf children to speak to the National Deaf Children’s Society. Later that evening, at 6.30pm, there will be a free screening of ‘The Power in Our Hands’, a documentary by the British Deaf Association. Although the screening is free, there will be opportunity to make donations to deaf health charity SignHealth and the Le Rocquier Signing Choir.

You can get free tickets online 

As part of the week-long programme of events, representatives from the National Deaf Children’s Society will provide workshops for deaf students aged 11 to 19. They will also hold deaf-awareness assemblies and form time sessions for deaf and hearing students.

Teacher of the Deaf, Rupi Dhami, said: “Le Rocquier is an inclusive school that recognises the importance of being deaf aware. Workshops and activities provide an opportunity for deaf and hearing students to ask questions about deafness, as well as to celebrate the many achievements of deaf individuals in history, art, literature and sport. We look forward to welcoming the team from the National Deaf Children’s Society to Jersey.”

Back to top
rating button