All the world’s our stage
By Clare Creegan
STUDENTS of Oak Lodge School in Wandsworth are set to tread the boards next week as part of the world’s largest youth drama festival.
More than 1,000 schools will perform in 138 theatres across the UK in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF) which this year celebrates the famous bard’s 400th birthday.
Cathie Campbell, English teacher at Oak Lodge School, described the students’ participation as a superb opportunity and “one that improves the self-confidence, self-esteem and public speaking skills of our students.”
She added: “We are incredibly proud of the students who have risen to this challenge.
“As well as reading and learning the story of a Shakespeare play, they will learn how to communicate and work with their hearing peers whilst gaining the confidence, understanding and skills to perform in a real working theatre in central London in front of an unfamiliar audience.
Ten pupils from Oak Lodge secondary special school for Deaf and language impaired students will perform a modified signed performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ alongside 20 Community Arts Brit School students.
The Brit school students have taken part in a Deaf Awareness course and have been very keen to learn basic BSL signs to help with communication with Oak Lodge students.
The third collaboration between students of Oak lodge and the Brit School will be an integrated performance using a mixture of British Sign Language, Sign-Supported English and spoken English and will take place at Main Stage, RADA Studio on 16th November at 7pm.
Entering their 17th year, SSF is campaigning to show that the work of Shakespeare is relevant to all young people regardless of age or ability.
The registered charity has already signed up 1,150 schools so far this year including more than a hundred schools for children with special needs.
Deaf Inclusive BMX sessions – for all ages and abilities
Access Sport in partnership with NDCS are offering FREE BMX taster sessions at the following locations this Easter:
Thursday 9 April 12-2pm Hayes Hawks, Lake Farm Country Park BMX track, Dawley Road, Hayes, UB3 1EJ
Thursday 16 April 10.30am-12.30pm, Hammersmith BMX, Wormwood Scrubs BMX Track, London, W12 0HU
Sessions are open to all ages and abilities. Hearing friends and family are welcome.
All coaches have attended NDCS Making Activities Deaf Friendly training. Bikes and safety equipment will be provided.
We are working with Access Sport to find volunteers to provide communication support at the event. For specific communication enquiries – please contact Access Sport.
For more information or to register your interest, please contact Tess at Access Sport.
National Deaf Children’s Society
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“It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Sarah Price, who worked as a teacher at Oak Lodge School from January 2005 to Dec 2013, has died after a short illness.
Sarah worked as a Maths teacher and helped lead the Sixth Form and was greatly respected and loved by all the staff and students who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.”
On the 9th of September 12 students and 4 staff traveled to Interlaken, Switzerland. This amazing trip was organised and funded by London Rotary Club and Interlaken Rotary Club.
What a wonderful opportunity for Oak Lodge Students to experience another culture and grow with the challenge! And what a wonderful place to visit. All students agree, Interlaken is the most beautiful place on Earth!
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London Deaf Football Centre of Excellence.
Tottenham Hotspur FC are pleased to announce their, FA supported, Deaf Football Centre of Excellence for the 2014-15 season.
The FA is hosting 8 Deaf Football Centres of Excellence across England. They are looking for players aged 12 to 16 to come along and give it a go!
· SCORE Centre, Oliver Road, London, E10 5JY
· Saturdays, starting 6th September
· 12 midday to 2pm
· Ages 12 to 16 – All abilities welcome
· BSL communicator present
Players selected for the squad will train on a regular basis, coached by expert FA qualified coaches and supported through communicators. The squad will also play regular fixtures, including against other Centre of Excellences across the Country, watched by England scouts.
Please view the attached or London Deaf Football Centre of Excellence. For further information, or to book, please contact;
Dan Slaughter, Head of Centre of Excellence
Tel: 0208 365 5138
Congratulations Oak Lodge School
Business Awards for ICT Innovation Award
Winner: Oak Lodge School, Wandsworth
Darryl Bedford was delighted to collect the award for Oak Lodge School who were the well deserved winners for the prestigious Business Education Award for Innovative ICT.