11th May 2020
Dear Parents and Pupils,
We are going to begin a new project for anyone who is interested, which is to learn some Lámh sign language and Irish Sign Language. Lámh is a simplified version of Irish Sign Language and is derived from Irish Sign Language.
Irish Sign Language is now recognised as an official language in Ireland and is more complex than Lámh. I will be speaking in English and the signs will be matched to the English words.
Learning sign language will allow us as a whole school community to be able to include all children in reaching their potential with regards to communicating.
This is open to anyone who would like to get involved: pupils, parents, grandparents, guardians, siblings, and the whole school staff. Hopefully when everyone returns to school you will have a bank of signs that will allow you to help the children most in need. It will also help develop friendships further and give you an extra skill of communicating with people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have additional needs in the wider world.
Stay tuned for our first little sign language video. They can be found on the Ballina Primary School website at www.ballinaprimaryschool.com under the tab named “Lámh Lessons”. These videos were created initially for the staff and pupils of Le Chéile NS, Limerick and so may make reference to teachers from that school from time to time but the lessons are applicable to all schools.
Please start on Week 1, Lesson 1 and continue on from there each day.
Included under the tab “Lámh Lessons” is some background on Lámh sign language, some links and websites to get your interest going and guide you along the way too.
In the meantime, mind yourselves, cherish those whom you love and stay safe.
Niamh O’ Sullivan Costa Pinto (Aidan Costa Pinto’s mother)