Down’s Syndrome focus for awareness week

Evie Brown, centre, working on a project with other pupils at Shoreham Beach Primary School
Evie Brown, centre, working on a project with other pupils at Shoreham Beach Primary School

PUPILS at a Shoreham school learned more about acceptance as part of Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week.

Badges declaring ‘Keep Calm, it’s only one extra chromosome!’ were worn by pupils at Shoreham Beach Primary School and everyone dressed in green and white on Friday to raise money for the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Samantha Brown, mother of twins Evie and Arthur Brown, launched the week-long campaign with a special assembly last Monday, then organised a poster competition during the week.

Evie has Down’s Syndrome and her mum told the pupils how the condition occurred and that it may mean she takes longer to learn, or learns in a different way.

The poster competition, judged by Samantha and Arthur, was designed to raise awareness of the condition and many had the message ‘we are all the same inside’.

Samantha said: “We raised £158.20, which I thought was really good as they wasn’t our main aim.”

Head teacher Bob Woodman said the awareness week ‘fitted in beautifully’ with the school value of acceptance.

“Our children are good at accepting others for who they are, but this was a good reminder,” she added.

“There was also a focus on what people with the condition can do, rather than what they can’t.”

Pupils said they learned a lot. Mia Wilson, from year three, said: “It was good because we got to think about other people who are different and we dressed up. It was fun.”