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St Clare’s Abbey Primary School, Newry

World Down Syndrome Day in St Clare's Abbey

21st Mar 2019


St Clare's Abbey celebrated World Down Syndrome day on Thursday 21st March.

The campaign this year was ' Lots of Socks.'


The significance of the date -21st day of the 3rd month is that a person with Down Syndrome has an extra 21st chromosome- 3 instead of 2. The significance of the socks is that we explain to our children that a chromosome is shaped like a little sock.


We therefore asked everyone to wear odd socks, the crazier the better.


We  are very lucky to have a beautiful little girl, Caoimhe in our school. Caoimhe has Down Syndrome and her Mummy has made a presentation to be shared with our whole school, explaining Down Syndrome in a very child friendly way. We shared this in Friday's assembly so I urge you to ask your children all about it.


Thank you,

 Mrs Monaghan