The Silent Child At Elmfield School

Today I was privileged to be invited to attend Elmfield school’s 70th birthday celebration with a screening at the Watershed of the Oscar-winning film The Silent Child.

It was an emotional ending, and really brought home the difficulties deaf children face in trying to be understood by the hearing majority. If you haven’t seen it already, I would urge you to do so, as although it is very short, it packs a lot into the 20 minutes or so of screen time.

It was great to see so many of the staff and children had dressed up for the ‘red carpet’ entrance to the screening. I felt very under-dressed without my tiara and glittery dress, unlike Babs, the Headteacher, who was wearing the full outfit!

Elmfield is an amazing school with children travelling there from quite some distance outside of Bristol. We are very lucky to have such a good facility in Southmead, and I really want to thank all the staff and children for inviting us to today’s event.

Many congratulations on your 70th birthday on the present site, although there has been a School for deaf children in Bristol since early Victorian times on a variety of different sites.