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Special Event - Disability Awareness Day

17 January 2012

Pupils from St John Bosco Primary School took part in a disability awareness day on Tuesday following a visit to the school from John McCorkell.

Mr McCorkell, who travelled from London to spend a day with the school, led a whole school assembly in which he explained to the children about the nature of his disabilities, the problems he has faced and the successes he has achieved in overcoming them. Including playing wheelchair basketball and gaining a degree from university. A lot of sensible discussion followed on various disabilities, John's life and, as we are in 2012, the forthcoming paralympic games.

The assembly concluded with seven pupils from Year 6 reading the Beatitudes which really focussed everyone on treating everyone equally.

Mr McCorkell continued his day by leading a workshop with each class individually. This enabled them to focus in more depth on the issues begun in assembly at their level. The children took part in practical activities which gave them some understanding of what it might be like to be without sight or speech, experienced using a wheelchair, learned about sign language and the need for clear communication.

All of the children learned a great deal from the experience, asked mature questions and certainly gained a huge amount of awareness of the various disabilities some members of society have.