Event Details

This is an open invitation to:
• parents of children at Colman Junior School
• other parents in the community
• any school staff
• anyone involved in music groups or choirs
• anyone else interested in Deaf awareness/singing/signed song

Colman Junior School are delighted to announce that Paul Whittaker is returning to their school for another day of singing and signing with children.

The evening before, Paul has offered to come to talk to the adults! It is a wonderful opportunity to see how signing complements singing and makes music accessible for all children.

Paul is an inspirational speaker, musician, performer and workshop leader who is profoundly deaf. For 30 years, he has been entertaining and educating people about music and Deafness across the UK and beyond, at schools and colleges, conferences and theatres, courses and training events. The session will give you a taste of music, signed song, Deaf awareness and laughter!

In the past, Colman Junior School have taken signing choirs to the Norfolk County Music Festival and they also perform every year at the Summer Deaf Festival at the Forum. Paul has been helping the teachers at Colman develop these skills so that they can sing to the highest level and translate the songs into BSL so that they are signing the true meaning. It is a fascinating process.

BSL is now part of the curriculum for Year 3 children at Colman Junior School and it is recognised and celebrated that BSL is a language of our community.

To enjoy the evening, you do not need to have any experience at all of singing in a choir or of signing.

If you are interested in attending, please let Fiona Wallis or Kirsty Denton know by returning the reply slip linked below to the office at Colman Junior School or send an e-mail to FWallis@colmanjunior.norfolk.sch.uk or KDenton@colmanjunior.norfolk.sch.uk.

Download: Invitation letter & reply slip