Leoni is making use of lockdown by learning braille so she can communicate with her blind cousin.

Year Nine pupil Leoni decided to use her spare time to learn how to talk to her cousin Emily, who is currently at St John the Baptist RC Primary School and will join Blessed Trinity in September.

Emily contacted meningitis as a baby and lost her sight then.

She has a twin, Jasmine, and has been making special visits to Blessed Trinity during lockdown to help make her transition easier

Leoni said: “I haven’t been able to visit Emily so around two weeks ago I decided to learn braille. I bought a book to help me and my aunt,

Emily’s mum, loaned me a machine to use and I have picked it up reasonably quickly.

“I have sent Emily a card with a reassuring message on it and it’s great to be able to send messages which Emily can read. Emily says she likes it!”

Leoni’s Head of Year Mrs Mirfield said: “This is just one of her strings to Leoni’s bow whilst she has been in lockdown.

“At home, as well as keeping up to date with her work, Leoni has undertaken many other tasks, such as baking, crafts, helping look after and teach her sibling and learning new skills.

“Leoni has approached every aspect of home learning with enthusiasm and effort. 

“Her positivity is inspirational.  As her Head of Year I am extremely proud of her.”


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