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Our con­grat­u­la­tions go to the new en­trants class at St Theresa’s pri­mary school in Plim­mer­ton. As read­ers will see in our story on page 9, the thought­ful and dili­gent young­sters won a New Zealand Sign Lan­guage in Schools award last month.

The awards ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts of those com­mit­ted to the pro­mo­tion and progress of sign lan­guage and deaf cul­ture in New Zealand. The chil­dren’s ef­forts were given im­pe­tus be­cause there is a deaf pupil among their class­mates.

The St Theresa’s 5-year-olds have spent an en­tire day sign­ing, and have pre­sented a school as­sem­bly en­tirely in sign.

The school hosts a sign lan­guage club dur­ing Mon­day lunchtimes which up to 40 chil­dren at­tend.

The prin­ci­pal and teach­ers at St Theresa’s are to be con­grat­u­lated for their en­light­ened at­ti­tude to­wards sign lan­guage, which is un­der-rated in New Zealand so­ci­ety. It is an of­fi­cial lan­guage, but is of­ten paid lit­tle more then lip ser­vice.

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