The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth urges others to help smash a world record. Children at The Royal Masonic School for Girls in Rickmansworth, are trying to break Deaf Health Charity SignHealth’s own world-record for the most people signing and singing, and they’re urging other local schools, community groups and businesses to join them.
Last year, 144,503 children and adults in almost 1000 schools and community groups, including Brownies, Guides and Choirs took part in the sign2sing event across the UK and British Isles. Now The Royal Masonic School for Girls’ pupils are hoping to help smash the record, yet again.
“We’re so excited to be taking part in sign2sing again”, said Year 1 form teacher Amy Bardell, “it’s a fantastic way for children to learn how important communication is, to have fun mastering a little sign language, and to raise money to help improve the health of deaf people. This is the third year we have undertaken the record attempt.”
Deaf children are twice as likely to suffer some life threatening illnesses when they are adults, because it’s difficult to get health services or advice in sign language.
Money raised by sign2sing will help SignHealth continue to support Deaf people by campaigning for better access to healthcare, and providing a range of services in sign language, including therapy and help to escape from domestic abuse.
British Sign Language is the first language of almost 100,000 Deaf people. It works with a combination of hand gestures and facial expressions.
“Learning a few words and greetings in sign language is easy to do and great fun”, says SignHealth’s Chief Executive, Steve Powell. “The more that children learn to sign, the more included and less isolated Deaf children will be. And the money this event raises is vital if we’re to continue trying to give Deaf children the chance of a life as healthy as their hearing friends.”
Amy Bardell said, “We’d love other schools to join us in this fantastic challenge. Together we can smash the record, have fun, and do some real good too.”
To find out more about sign2sing, and register to take part in the event, visit the website www.sign2sing.org.uk