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On July 4th a group of pupils travelled to City Hall, London for the finals of the Young Green Briton Challenge where they presented their "Litterally Project" campaign to get more people litter picking. The group won the Best Campaign category for demonstrating problem solving, creativity, collaboration, communication through designing and putting into action a local environmental project.

Lets get behind Emily for #AmazingGrace250 

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Congratulations!
Dr J Patterson

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Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Winner 2023

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On Thursday 29th June a group of students travelled to London for The Young Green Briton Challenge Finals which were held in The House of Lords. 

The Challenge supports students aged 11-14 to learn and apply design, innovation, business and other transferable skills, empowering young people to explore local climate and sustainability issues and design entrepreneurial solutions (Eco-Ventures) or campaigns (Eco-Campaigns) to address the problems they identify.

Our school gained a place in the final with the Eco Fairy Garden Project led by Mr. McSorley.

Pupil repurposed old wood in school to make bug "fairy houses" and combined with seeds of hope harvested in school, helped create Eco Fairy Gardens. 

It was to our delight that St. Vincent's was one of four schools who won nationally and we were presented with the award by BBC presenter Chris Packham.

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Mr McSorley brought a group of pupils to Three Sisters Race Circuit for a driving experience provided by the charity 'Speed of Sight.' Speed of Sight is a charity that gives life changing driving experiences for the blind and disabled. It was set up by Mike Newman who holds several Guinness World Records for being the fastest blind driver in different vehicles.

 

The pupils got to experience driving in a specially fitted car, while accompanied by a professional rally driver they were able to take control of the driving. It was an amazing day and all down to the kindness of Ken Murphy who raised the money to take pupils from our school on the experience.

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St Vincent's School - Winners of 2023 North Educate Award - Community Engagement Award.

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Pupils at St Vincent's have been making citizenship education animations and comics focussing on their leadership in climate and biodiversity action. This project will be celebrated at a global webcast event on 14th June as part of the Amazing Grace 250 with the Cowper and Newton Museum. Here, in response to the words in the Hymn we share our VISION connecting further with Liverpool's slave history to help those ‘enslaved to sight loss’ across the Commonwealth and beyond using our education best practice and ‘sightbox’.

 

Join us on 14th June 7.30 pm using the link which will be shared here near the time and celebrate

THE IMPACT  OF ST VINCENTS MAGIC BENCH AND SIGHBOX

Students of St Vincent's singing Amazing Grace - made for a lecture by Prof Simon Lee with the Cowper and Newton Museum framing the new ‘Seeing Together Project with Olney Middle School

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Liverpool ONE has launched a search for a Local Climate Hero to celebrate the arrival of the Everyday Climate Hero Exhibition to inspire and champion positive change. St Vincent's are featured within 'The Guide - Liverpool Magazine.'

Click on the picture to access the article online.

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St Vincent's School & Mr. David Swanston feature in Teachwire's Transforming Lives Magazine discussing  the school’s PE curriculum to creating enrichment activities centred around green spaces, horticulture and wellbeing.

Click the link below to view accessible version of the magazine.

https://www.teachwire.net/news/visually-impaired-making-sports-accessible

COP 26  'A developing story'

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Pupils from St VincentsL12 will be making the journey North to @COP26 #COP26 - sharing their ‘Magic Bench’ project & Seeds of Hope #TogetherForOurPlanet

Click on the link on the left to view more.

Click on the picture below to read an article from The Metro Newspaper that celebrates everyday climate heroes making a real difference

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The Ashden Awards 2021: celebrating bold and brilliant climate pioneers | #COP26

This year the annual Ashden Awards celebration tell visitors to the Glasgow COP and a global online audience the inspiring stories of climate champions from around the world. Champions whose exciting initiatives can fire us towards a low-carbon future.

Our very own Emilio features on the video @ 3:45 mins to talk about The Zero Carbon Schools Campaign.

St Vincent's collaboration with the Ministry of Eco Education.

The Ministry of Eco Education is a collaboration of teachers placing sustainability at the heart of education.

 

Visit http://ministryofeco.org/ to find out more

Congratulations Mr Swanston!

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Absolutely delighted to share the great news that Mr. Swanston has been included in the top 10 finalists of the Global Teacher Prize 2021, in partnership with @UNESCO.

 

These real-life heroes represent the work of inspiring educators everywhere. - an amazing achievement and great recognition for all the wonderful work. Well done!

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Congratulations!

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A huge congratulations to Mr. Swanston who has made it as 1 of only 50 finalists for The Global Teacher Prize.

 

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

We are all extremely proud!

Click on the image on the left to read more...

“Merseyside Police – Visual Impairment Protocol”

New Visual Impairment Protocol introduced by Merseyside Police to safeguard those living with sight loss

 

On Monday, 23rd August 2021, Merseyside Police will begin using a newly created Visual Impairment Protocol, which helps safeguard visually impaired members of the community who need to confirm if a person at their door is a police officer.

 

Use of the protocol is optional, but it does add a layer of security and assurance when visual identification of a police officer by their uniform or warrant card is impractical.

 

The protocol can be used by anyone with a visual impairment, to any degree. Other eligible service users would include anyone who cares for or supports someone who is visually impaired.

 

The service user is safeguarded by allowing them to verify the identity of a police officer that has called at their address, before letting them into the premises. This verification is facilitated by the Police Contact Centre, either over the phone or by the attending officer using an agreed password.

 

There are two scenarios when the protocol can be used. The first is when the service user calls the police and they need to verify the identity of the officer that subsequently attends their address. The second is when the service user needs to verify the identity of a police officer that has called at their address but did not initiate the visit. In the second scenario, the visit is either planned, such as a pre-arranged appointment, or it is unplanned, and they were not expecting the police to call at the address.

 

Similar protocols have been implemented in other police forces across the UK.  Merseyside Police has adapted the protocol for use across the force area and police officers and staff have been briefed on its use.

 

The force has consulted members of its own Disability Support Network and community partners including St Vincent’s School in Liverpool, during the development of the protocol. Two documents have been created with accessible formatting to provide service users with more information – an overview, which provides details and advice, plus a quick reference guide which outlines the steps used in the protocol.

 

This information can also be found on the force website at www.merseyside.police.uk/vip

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St.Vincent's has been asked to lead the Mersey Region Sustainable Schools Network.

@MerseyRegionSSN as part of the UK Sustainable schools network sharing best practices and collaborating on climate action with projects (such as Reclaim the Green Reclaim the Nature and Grow Wild). 

 

The attached climate video includes Dr. Patterson from time 44: 16 

Sir Ken Robinson's address to the annual conference of The Catholic Independent Schools.

International Best practice from our sister city Surabaya.

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Rainbow on BBC Radio Merseyside talking about disability sport.

St Vincent's collaborating with Liverpool and Everton Football Club for the #FootballTogetherNow campaign

Center for Chaplaincy in Education's Maggie interviews Dr. John Patterson Principal at St Vincent's School for Sensory Impairment to find out more about the Journey for Peace Project.

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To read about how our 'Birds Eye View' project links in to the Enrichment and creativity of our school pupils by creating individual outcomes please click the article on the left.

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To read about how our 'Birds Eye View' project links in to the Enrichment and creativity of our school pupils by creating individual outcomes please click the article on the left.

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THE LEADERS CLUB

 

Dr. Patterson has been an invited Global Education Skills Forum speaker to Dubai and was invited to  share educational best practice /create collaborations within education/new trade being  part of Liverpool City Regions formal visits to China and Indonesia

Currently, he is linking communities into VI creativity awareness using the ongoing ‘Journey for Peace’ project as the connecting medium to simultaneously signpost school communities into an engagement with sight box activity.  He is working on ‘I –Rugby’ as new sight box content for inclusion in a world VI games planned for 2021/22 and an international ‘Journey for Peace ‘musical planned for the end of summer 2021
 
To join us please do click on the link below

 https://www.theleadersclub.org/event/tlc-virtual-dr-john-patterson/

As usual the event is FREE to all members and £30 for non-members

BBC's The One Show on site to surprise Mr. Swanston with the Pearson Gold Award for Excellence in Special Educational Needs.

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Dr. John Patterson publication in a special edition of Impact - Lighting Pathways: Investing in visually impaired creativity.

Journey for Peace Film 2020

Thank you to Robin Baynes and Liverpool Heartbeat for supporting St Vincent's and Journey for Peace with this wonderful video. Thank you for all who gave their time.

Youth Climate Summit 2020   

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Youth Climate Summit 2020 is running from the 9th - 13th November 2020. The Youth Climate Summit is an engaging, free and accessible week of climate action and discovery for schools, with events hosted online throughout the week. The Youth Mock COP is running at the same time, and the Youth Climate Summit will complement and feed into this.

Schools from around the UK will be coming together for the Youth Climate Summit during what would have been the week of COP26 to take action to create a more just, sustainable world and make commitments and pledges for the planet.

St Vincent's will be taking part in both the Primary and Secondary Schedule. Click on the timetables below to find out when...

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Click on the link below to find out more about St Vincent's input on the Youth Climate Summit and how you can participate...

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World Cities Day 2020 - Valuing our communities and cities

St Vincent's school's contribution for @UNHABITAT's World Cities Day 2020. Connecting Visually Impaired Innovation as agents of change for climate action with new trade and employability as we try to save the planet!

Kellogg's & St Vincent's Collaboration Success!

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To mark World Sight Day, Kellogg’s is today launching Coco Pops boxes for blind and partially sighted people as a trial in almost 60 Co-op stores across the UK.

Through the journey Kellogg's has worked with such inspiring people who have supported the business in understanding the requirements needed for accessible packaging for those with sight-loss. A key voice was St. Vincent's School, a specialist school for sensory impairment and other needs, who presented what accessible packaging meant to them. Technology and braille came out as two key elements. Kellogg's is delighted to have incorporated their ideas in to its accessible packaging strategy.

Click on the image to the left to find out more...

Beth Fowler Speaking on North West Tonight about the St Vincent's & Kellogg's Collaboration.

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Click on the link to watch Emilio's interview for Sky News talking about the Impact of St Vincent's and Parkour Free Running

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Article from Peter Oliver  - Visually impaired young people at St. Vincent’s School are showing us how to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges – head on.

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Article from Peter Oliver - You can count the number of seeds in an apple; but you can’t count the number of apples in a seed.

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Pearson National Teaching Award Winners 2020

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Sharing 'Journey for Peace' on Granda Reports.

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#World Upside Down Campaign

Sharing our input for the 'Upside Down' Initiative highlighting the challenges many Visually Impaired people are experiencing while trying to social distance.  

St Vincent's - Winners of the 2020 Never Such Innocence song competition.

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A wonderful start to the academic year. Well done to the 'I Believe Team,' Miss McMahon, East of Eli and Nathan West!

Winners at the Educate Award 2019 for Innovation in Education.

The creative strengths of St. Vincent’s pupils are channelled into designing access to sports technology to facilitate inclusion, participation and friendship generation impacting on health and wellbeing. The ideas designed by pupils supported by Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moore’s University ‘service-learning’ volunteers are placed as content for the physical SIGHTBOX including such ideas as a ‘boccia grid’ a ‘running line’ and’ I Rugby Ball’ alongside the traditional ‘ball with a bell’ . A surrounding curriculum links participation with entrepreneurial learning enabling pupils to demonstrate their employability and connect with further content design and research.

 

In collaboration with Rotary International and supportive school networks Nationally ( supporting Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural/ Citizenship curricula) , SIGHTBOXES have been bought and sent to VI schools from St. Vincent’s including Pakistan, India, Rwanda, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, China, Ethiopia, Nepal , Tanzania, Virgin Islands and Peru . St. Vincent pupils acting as the ‘trainers of the trainers’ are using

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communication technologies (facilitating thus more research and development in this area) to teach the overseas VI student peers how to use the content. Using the surround curriculum overseas schools are now asking St. Vincent’s to collaborate on making more sightbox content ideas generating new trade innovations in synergy with UN SDGS 17.3.4.5.8.10.

 

Simultaneously, St. Vincent’s pupils are teaching local and national VI pupils how to use the content and working collaboratively to break down barriers towards inclusion.

Andrea Begley sending a big hello and thank you to all the children and staff at St Vincent's for all the great work you are all doing during lockdown! 

CAFOD video Connecting Classrooms: Successful Schools. Connecting classrooms through global learning; our schools and International Schools to develop best practice for Visually Impaired pupils. 

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The impact of Nathan West and the East of Eli Angels in collaboration with St Vincent's Choir.

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Well done to all our free runners for winning the Shackleton and Crew award for extraordinary teamwork!! Proud of you all

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Indonesian Students visiting Liverpool & St Vincent's June 2019

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Congratulations to Rainbow and the team champions of the FA Disability Cup! We are all so proud.

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St Vincent's are extremely proud of receiving our 'Lasting Legacies' recognition for services to the community from the High Sheriff of Merseyside. 

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Great to see St Vincent's staff recognised for their creative work in school receiving an  ‘Outstanding Service to Community’ award from Lions International. Fantastic achievement.

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Our recent OUTSTANDING award from the British Horticulture society

Create Change article "A Sightbox In Every Tinseltown" about their personal journey from an East of Eli concert to getting connected with Sightbox UK. Please see link below for article.

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Please click link below to see Merseyside Scouts article 'History in the making'

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BBC North West tonight celebrates St Vincent's Creativity.

The Prime Minister entering St Vincent's into Hansards at PM question time

The BBC showing how new Braille Technology can boost literacy levels with the help of our children 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/education-43965283/can-new-braille-technology-boost-literacy-levels

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