RIDBC students celebrate Easter with Easter hat parade

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School students Lauren, Fetuli and Jade were all prize winners in the Easter hat parade

14 primary students from Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Thomas Pattison School celebrated Easter by modelling their Easter hats in the school’s Easter hat parade, Friday 11 April.

RIDBC Thomas Pattison School caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 who are profoundly deaf. The school offers a bilingual program where students learn English and Australian Sign Language (Auslan).

“Easter is one of many celebrations studied in the subject Human Societies and its Environment (HSIE),” said RIDBC Teacher, Amanda Ashenden. “As part of this topic the students learn about and experience different cultural celebrations.

“The Easter hat parade gave the students the chance to be creative and to model their artistic efforts! Our high school students were judges in the parade, giving points for the most inventive designs. The winner from each class received a small prize.

“We didn’t leave chocolate out of the Easter mix, though - following the parade was the much awaited Easter egg hunt!”

RIDBC provides vital support to over 1300 children with significant hearing or vision loss and their families across Australia. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to thousands more babies and children each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.