St John’s on-the-Hill parent, Peter Maynard, arranged a special assembly for the children last week – his colleagues Reg Cobb, who is profoundly deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user, and Donna West, a BSL interpreter, gave an inspirational talk in assembly about Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA), a local charity providing practical and emotional support to children and adults living in Gloucestershire who have been born deaf and are BSL users, and those who have become deaf through illness or age.

The entire assembly was delivered through British Sign Language. Reg taught the children the BSL alphabet, how to sign their names and some useful words. He also spoke about how the charity helps hearing impaired people to participate fully in the community by providing support that improves quality of life, independence and social inclusion.