World Down Syndrome Day 2024

We celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) today in St Marys Primary School. WDSD is marked each year on March 21, beginning in 2007. The 21st day of March was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

We will be wearing colourful socks in support of RockYourSocks campaign which is a fun & easy way to raise awareness for Down syndrome by wearing colourful and/or mismatched socks. It aims to arouse curiosity among our school community and remind us all that differences is beautiful too.

On this day, we encourage everyone to wear odd socks to show their support for the Down syndrome community. 

Why socks?

Odd socks were chosen as a symbol for WDSD because chromosomes are shaped like socks, and those with Down syndrome have an extra chromosome.