We want to bring joy to visually impaired
Founder is a highly respected educationalist
Sightbox founder Dr John A Patterson was originally an engineer and retrained as a teacher. Working in Merseyside he was seconded onto an Objective One programme to write innovative projects to raise educational standards across a Merseyfootprint. This secured a Senior Lecturer position at Liverpool Hope University lecturing on teacher education pathways as head of Physical Education and secondments to teach on Masters courses attached to entrepreneurial learning. He has secured an MSc and PhD connected to social capital, service- learning volunteerism and curriculum design and is internationally published in this field.
Invited to apply for the Principal position at St.Vincent's Dr Patterson was part of the initial schools based 'Schools Direct' teacher training model and secured delivery of a schools based teacher training model for the mandatory qualification needed to be a teacher of the blind (MQTVI). St.Vincent's has been consistently graded across school and residential as 'Outstanding' by HM Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and has received recognition by the High Sheriff of Liverpool award, the Freedom of the City of Liverpool and by a Liverpool John Moores University Corporate Award. School is a directly licenced centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Dr Patterson was the Charter President of Rotary, Liverpool St. Vincent's and serves on the Catholic Independent Schools board with a disability lead.
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There are a number of ideas under development which are part of St. Vincent's 'enriched curriculum' incuding most recently the 'I Rugby ball' supported by the Gubay Foundation. Contact school if you wish to be involved in research and innovation.
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Sightbox is intended for a group of pupils and is to be attached to a surrounding and supportive curriculum provided by St. Vincent's staff and pupils designed to engage creativity and link to innovation and enterprise
- Boccia Grid
- Boccia Balls
- Running Tethers
- Various Other Balls
- Ball Pump
Sightpack is intended for an individual pupil to foster independence and as a stepping stone into a surrounding and supportive Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) curriculum in collaboration with St. Vincent's staff and pupils
- Sound Ball
- Talking Stopwatch
- Running Line
- Talking Pedometer
As a hub for VI teaching and learning, research and innovation, St. Vincent's is constantly engaging new ideas for the sightbox itself and the surrounding curriculum. At present we are developing an 'I-rugby ball' with the Gubay Foundation and in collaboration with Stonyhurst College. We will keep you updated on new ideas on Twitter @SightboxUK.
In partnership with...
St. Vincent's School, Liverpool, UK
St. Vincent's is a non-maintained residential specialist school for visually impaired pupils aged 5 to 19. The school delivers the National Curriculum, mobility and independence teaching and learning but simultaneously an 'enriched' and creative curriculum to signpost individual pupil strengths towards employability and meaningful engagement.
"As a Governor of St. Vincent's , the incoming President of Rotary St. Vincent's and a qualified teacher I took one of the first Sightboxes to Pakistan seeing the impact first hand. I look forwards to seeing more sent out and more ideas created from pupils at St. Vincent's and beyond"
Alam Nawaz, St. Vincent's School's Governor
Rotary Club, Liverpool, UK
We are in collaboration with Rotary Club of St. Vincent's based in Liverpool, UK.
"Having taken one of the first boxes to Pakistan I am eager to see more follow around the World where we can help children access sports, friendship groups and education. Collaborating with the Pakistan Multicultural (PAL) centre in Liverpool where I am a member I believe we can achieve our goals. This has been enhanced via sponsoring the satellite club of Rotary Toxteth"
Humayun Mirza, President of Rotary St.Vincent's (2017 - 2018)
Duke of Edinburgh
We have supported individual creativity with the Duke of Edinburgh Award where St. Vincent's is a directly licenced centre with a disability lead.
Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, and Xi'an Jiaotong University
St. Vincent's school works with both student placements and SERVICE- LEARNING volunteers from both Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University where the SIGHTBOX is used as a medium for sharing innovative best practice and encourage content designs.
St. Vincent's works with University of Liverpool and the Confucius Institute who provide a teacher of Mandarin as part of our 'enriched' curriculum and is part of a memorandum of understanding signed between St. Vincent's and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China to share educational best practice via the SIGHTBOX.
Catholic Independent Schools network (CISC)
We collaborate with the Catholic Independent Schools network (CISC) as part of joining a vision of the 'common good'.
St. Vincent's has its own VI Scout troop and is gratefully supported by the Merseyside Scouting Family.
Awards & recognition
Freedom of City (Liverpool)
In April 2016 St. Vincent's School was admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool (Freedom of the City) at the Town Hall. Specific refererence was made to the role of SIGHTBOX as a Rotary project within the recognition.
The High Sherrif Award
In April 2014 St. Vincent's was awarded a High Sheriff Award as one of Liverpools 'hidden gems' in proving everyone has a future. The role of SIGHTBOX as a Rotary project was made specific in the acceptance.
Liverpool John Moores University's Corporate Award
In July 2017 St. Vincent's School was awarded a Corporate Award from Liverpool John Moores University for its local, national and international work and vision. Specific mention of SIGHTBOX and Rotary was made within the citation and acceptance.
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St. Vincent's School
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