On 17th July 2017 twenty pupils from Jordanstown School enjoy a week of sport, cookery and craft activities at this year’s summer scheme. Miss Stroud the summer scheme co-ordinator supported by school staff, volunteers including two IFA football coaches Alan and Nicola made it a fun week.

 

Big thanks and well done to everyone!

 

 

Pupils from Jordanstown School recently attended a workshop at St Anne’s Cathedral with pupils from Harberton House School. They enjoyed taking part by singing and playing musical instruments. They performed two pieces; “What a Wonderful World & Sing”.

Please follow the link below to view the photos!

Some of you may have spotted two pupils from Jordanstown School on the BBC this morning!

Alanis and Aliyah have been taking part in the NDCS campaign “Right to Sign”.

Its purpose is to have BSL taught in all schools and be added to the National Curriculum.

The girls have been participating in the nation wide Youth Advisory Board and have been making some fantastic contributions.

Well done girls!

Feed back from the open day.

 

  • Absolutely overwhelming. It exceeded any expectation of what I had in mind. Excellent facilities and learning experiences for all children. All children and staff seemed genuinely thrilled and happy to be here. Lovely atmosphere.

 

  • Thoroughly enjoyed the open day. Amazing facilities and such a warm, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. It was great to meet with the staff and and gain insight into the work of both the staff and pupils.

 

 

  • Fantastic school with brilliant facilities. The staff and children are so friendly. Was amazing to see what the children are achieving in a safe, secure environment.

 

  • Fabulous facility and amazing staff. An inspirational morning.

 

  • Overall impressive. Children brilliant. (Sorry I retired)

 

  • Fabulous morning. Learnt lots about the school.

 

 

  • The school looked great. Lovely atmosphere. The school has so much to offer. Be a pleasure to promote the school to others.

 

  • Very informative day. Great to find out more information about the school that the children we support in the community.

 

  • Good to see the school in action. Would have been nice to have been taken on tour in smaller groups with pupils leading the tour.

 

  • Very good, informative tour of a modern, person centred school with fantastic facilities. Friendly well trained staff. Well behaved pupils.

 

  • Excellent facilities. Teacher very enthusiastic. Pupils clearly enjoy learning here.

 

 

  • Very impressive visit. I feel more informed and will able to help refer their children.

 

  • Impressed by the facilities.

 

  • All the teachers spoke in a very child centred way about the children. Ethos of the school is child centred.

 

  • Brilliant facilities, dedicated staff, happy healthy well motivated children/ young people. Thank you for the opportunity to visit.

 

  • It was wonderful to see around the school- it is such a brilliant facility and the teachers are so dedicated.  Hope to be back soon.

 

 

 

  • Wonderful morning. Very useful. Two Ladies from Scotland very impressed, our school may close down due to small numbers.

 

  • Very worthwhile visit. Facilities amazing and the atmosphere around the whole school is lovely. Was delighted to see 2 children from the Southern trust area and will be definitely recommending the school.

Picture: Michael Cooper

Picture: Michael Cooper

Pupils and staff were delighted to welcome Education Minister Peter Weir to Jordanstown School on a recent visit. The Minister took time out of his busy schedule to tour the state of the art facilities and meet pupils and staff.

 

The Minister commented: “I welcome the opportunity to visit the school and meet with all the pupils and staff. This is a key part of my role as Education Minister and one I greatly enjoy. It is always interesting to meet with pupils across Northern Ireland and hear about their different experiences.”

 

Adam Smith, Principal said: “On behalf of the Senior Management Team and everyone at Jordanstown School, it gave me great pleasure in welcoming Education Minister Peter Weir to our school. I was delighted to give the Minister a tour where he had the opportunity to meet our fantastic pupils, learn some sign language, visit a number of classes, take in a performance from our singing and signing choir and receive a thank you letter in Braille.”

 

The Minister concluded: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the visit for their warm welcome and I wish all staff and pupils every success for the future.”

 

Adam Smith finished the tour saying, “I look forward to working with the Minister in continuing to develop Jordanstown School as a leading centre of excellence for young people who are deaf or visually impaired.”

 

Picture: Michael Cooper

We are asking for your support to make our first annual SIGNING FAMILIES DAY a real success.

 

“Signing Families Day” on 17th September 2016 is linked to the first anniversary of the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 being passed by the Scottish Parliament last year. This celebration day will be held every year on the Saturday nearest to 17th September.

This year’s theme is “Sign Language is Cool”. We want to let everyone know why families and deaf children enjoy learning and using Sign Language every day – communicating together without language barriers!

 

This year we are focusing on social media to promote “Signing Families Day” We are encouraging everyone, however good or bad your signing is, to send a positive message that Sign Language is Cool!

 

Have a look at our short video promo . Please consider making a short video yourself and encourage friends and colleagues to do one too!

 

Please use #SigningFamilies when you upload your video to your own social media (Facebook, Twitter, Intstagram etc) so that we can share yours with others.

 

It doesn’t have to be done on Saturday 17th September, you can do it before or after! The most important thing is that we all celebrate families and deaf children/young people using Sign Language.

 

Remember: “Sign Language is Cool!”

 

Kind regards

 

CHRISTIE BROWN
Head Office Manager

e: headoffice@bda.org.uk
skype: christie_bdaheadoffice

Learn2Sign and the Spring Concert at St Anne’s Cathedral

 

In December 2015 my class, Form 8B from St Dominic’s Grammar School, were given the opportunity to attend the Learn2Sign course in Jordanstown School. I was excited to learn some words in sign language but I doubted if I would be able to remember any of them as my memory is worse than a goldfish!

 

When I arrived at Jordanstown School I was a little apprehensive because even though my whole class was there, I had never met any of the people who would be teaching us.  However I was soon able to relax as both the pupils and the staff were extremely welcoming, helpful and friendly. Before we learned some sign language we were told about how to communicate with a deaf person. Next we were split into groups and taken to our teachers, who in fact were pupils of the school. We were taught how to sign various things such as the colours, foods, feelings, feelings, numbers, the alphabet and place names.  Their approach to teaching sign language was confident and intelligent and it is that which has helped me remember most of the signs to this day. I left the school happy that I had learned some sign language and been introduced to some really nice people.

 

St Dominic’s has a Spring concert every year and it was a privilege to be able to perform a song in sign language with the students from Jordanstown School this year.  Form 8B and some of the Jordanstown School signing choir signed along to the song ‘Climb Every Mountain’ accompanied by St Dominic’s chamber choir. I’m not lying when I say a few audience members were moved to tears. I really enjoyed the experience and will cherish it as one of the best memories from my first year in St Dominic’s Grammar School.

 

Written by Edel

 

On 15 March 2016, the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure launched A Consultation seeking your views on a Framework promoting Sign Language to ensure that Irish Sign Language and British Sign Language users have the same rights, responsibilities, opportunities and quality of life as those in the hearing community. This will be achieved by enshrining equality and social inclusion in legislation for the current and future generations of Deaf Sign language users and their families.

Please see link below for further information.

 

https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/consultations/sign-language-framework-consultation

Justice System Flyer

 

The Right Hon Lord Justice Gillen is chairing a Review of Civil and Family Justice in Northern Ireland. He wishes to engage with blind and partially sighted people, and also parents of children who are visually impaired, to seek their views of the Justice System.

 

Tuesday 19 April 2016 │ 6.45PM till 8.30PM │ Jordanstown School

85 Jordanstown Road, Newtownabbey, County Antrim BT37 0QE

 

Please confirm your attendance to Thomas Quigley: 028 9036 0953 / tquigley151@c2kni.net

 

JT Show

 

The John Toal Show recorded a very special edition from Jordanstown School which was aired on Saturday 26 March 2016 on BBC Radio Ulster.

 

 

The edition included big musical performances from students, a chat with parents, teachers and staff, and also a cookery demonstration from Paula McIntyre in our Home Economics department with some of our pupils.

 

 

Click the link below to listen

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07456f8