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World Down Syndrome Day

Dear parents,

Today is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of March and is a global awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012.

The date for WDSD is set on the 21st day of the 3rd month as a representation of the extra copy of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome that people with Down syndrome are born with.

Our school has been enriched by the presence of pupils with Down Syndrome for many years now, and we will celebrate this in a special way this week.

I am sharing the link to the World Down Syndrome Day website for more information:

I would also like to share the Down Syndrome Creed with you- it is a beautiful poem, and a copy of this is on display in the reception of the school.

Down Syndrome Creed

My face may be different

But my feelings the same.

I laugh and I cry

And I take pride in my gains.

I was sent here among you

To teach you to love

As God in heaven

Looks down from above.

To Him I’m no different

His love knows no bounds.

It’s those here among you

In cities and towns That judge me by standards That man has imparted

But this family I’ve chosen

Will help me get started.

For I’m one of the children

So special and few

That came here to learn

The same lessons as you

That love is acceptance

It must come from the heart

We all have the same purpose

Though not the same start.

The Lord gave me life

To live and embrace

And I’ll do as you do

But at my own pace.

By Sharon Sudano

Crazy Sock Day

To mark World Down Syndrome Day, we will be asking pupils to come to school wearing multi-coloured socks this Friday: the louder and brighter the better! This is an initiative of Down Syndrome Ireland, designed to get people talking about Down Syndrome in their community.



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