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Aer Lingus Staff transform
new playground in Deaf school!

Posted: 29th June 2016

 

The primary schools for Deaf children in Cabra have merged recently, at a time when St Joseph’s School was celebrating its 170th birthday. There was an exciting in St Mary’s and St Joseph’s Merged Primary School for the Deaf in Cabra, reported by Independent.ie, where the school grounds were transformed into an outdoor paradise for pupils.

DeafHear Aer Lingus staff members who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pictured are from left, CPT Pat Flannelly, Susan Crawley, Callum Smith and Melanie Kialka. Pic:Mark Condren.
Aer Lingus staff members who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pictured are from left, CPT Pat Flannelly, Susan Crawley, Callum Smith and Melanie Kialka. Pic:Mark Condren.


Thanks to the generosity of 120 workers from Aer Lingus who gave up a day off for the cause, the school playground was transformed into a sensory and visually-stunning interactive play area for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and pre–schoolers.

Aer Lingus staff, from pilots and cabin crew to cleaners and IT staff got to work, raking soil, laying slabs and painting fences as part of the Difference Day charity team-building initiative.

 

DeafHear Aer Lingus staff members who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pictured are from left, Maria Stokes–Keaveney and Dave O’Connor. Pic:Mark Condren.
Aer Lingus staff members who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pictured are from left, Maria Stokes–Keaveney and Dave O’Connor. Pic:Mark Condren.

 

Bamboo chimes, upright wooden pencils painted in bright primary colours and a horseshoe–shaped outdoor classroom under an apple tree are among the delights that will greet the students when they return to school on.

“We were so amazed and overwhelmed by what was possible that we knew that this project would be really right for our newly–merged school,” said Eimear O’Rourke, principal of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls. “Deaf children love to interact with the environment and that’s a very important part of language learning.”

 

DeafHear Aer Lingus staff members with pupils Madars Kuzis and Callum Smith who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pic:Mark Condren.
Aer Lingus staff members with pupils Madars Kuzis and Callum Smith who transformed a playground at St Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Merged, Primary School for Deaf Children, Cabra into a multi–zone space complete with a football pitch and an outdoor classroom. Pic:Mark Condren.

 

Pilot Orla Clancy was relishing the “departure” from her normal duties to paint the pre-school fence a cheery blue. “I?m delighted to do it,” she said. “It’s a win–win for everyone and it’s great fun.”

And DeafHear wishes all the pupils and teachers many happy days learning in their newly merged school and playing in their exciting new playground!

Source: www.independent.ie 14th June 2016