Diversity day at Tetford School

Evie Toombes is aspiring to become a Paralympic show jumper. EMN-171212-103332001

The Edward Richardson Primary School in Tetford held a Diversity Day in order raise awareness of diversity in local, national and global communities.

The Edward Richardson Primary School in Tetford held a Diversity Day to raise awareness of diversity in our local, national and global communities. The focus for the day was on how people with disabilities overcome barriers in their lives.

Children from Tetford School meeting Guide Dog Usher during their Diversity Day EMN-171217-215100001

The school was very pleased to be visited by Peter Newsome from Guide Dogs for the Blind, along with Val Liften and her guide dog Usher.

They gave a very informative talk about how guide dogs help blind or partially sighted people, and all children were pleased to be able to meet Usher, who is Val’s guide dog.

The children and staff were amazed to hear that Usher knows the names of a number of shops and can guide Val to them on instruction.

In their classrooms, the children discovered more about the impact of visual impairments, learned some sign language and created their own messages in braille.

Children playing Goalball as part of the Diversity Day EMN-171217-215110001

For their PE sessions, the children learned how to play a new sport, Goalball, which involved blindfolds and a very noisy ball.

Some of the older children learned about Mouth and Foot artist Tom Yendell, and then created their own artwork.

One Year 5 child commented: “Even people who aren’t able-bodied can join in with things, but sometimes they need to work harder at it”.

Later in the day, Evie Toombes visited the school.

Evie is 16, and, despite having Spina Bifida, is aspiring to become a Paralympic show jumper and has competed in numerous competitions around the

country.

The children listened with interest as Evie talked about her disabilities, how she overcomes these and the determination she has to become a Paralympian.

They also had opportunities to ask Evie questions.

At the end of Evie’s presentation, headteacher Helen Wines spoke about the inspirational teenager and the children reflected on how perseverance and determination can help them to achieve their goals.

The school is already planning its next Diversity Day, where the focus will be on different cultures.

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