Jewish Child’s Day cut the ribbon to officially open ENGAGE

Sinai Jewish Primary School welcomed a delegation from charity Jewish Child’s Day to see the impact of their generous grant.

Jewish Child’s Day recently awarded the school £20,000 to help fund Sinai’s SEN department and its in-house ENGAGE programme. ENGAGE stands for Enrich, Nurture, Grow, Achieve, Generate and Endeavour. The programme is a curriculum based learning hub, which breaks down the barriers to learning. The programme teaches life skills such as cookery, gardening and education through play in a calm and nurturing environment.

Thanks to Jewish Child’s Day the school has been able to buy special educational equipment such as standing desks and Chromebooks to encourage the children to learn to type correctly, fitted chairs and desks, sensory toys, additional teaching resources, games and a curriculum and assessment programme for the children. Jewish Child’s Day Trustee Melvyn Orton and Executive Director Anthea Jackson were on hand to cut the red ribbon and reveal their plaque.

The guests were able to join in with the lesson learning about oil and water and the properties of the two liquids. They were invited to create a unique artwork by dipping paper in oil-based paints in trays of water as well as hands on experiments looking at texture, materials and sounds.

Sinai Jewish Primary School Headteacher, Juliette Lipshaw, said, “At Sinai we are always striving to better the learning environment for all the children and we continually tailor our services to meet their needs. When we first presented to Jewish Child’s Day ENGAGE was held in a regular classroom with makeshift equipment. We were running a good programme but we had aspirations to make it great. Jewish Child’s Day saw our vision in action during their visit and their generous grant has enabled that.”

Anthea Jackson, Executive Director at Jewish Child’s Day said, “It was wonderful to visit Sinai and to see how our grant has supported these gorgeous children through the ENGAGE programme. I felt humbled and proud to know that we are making a difference to the children that need emotional support and I wish them continued success with the programme.”

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