CAS Week 2018

Renaissance College

Category: Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (page 1 of 2)

Day 5: Nov 24

Today was the last day of what truly was an eye-opening experience for all of us at Jockey Club Sarah Roe School. I started off the day by reorganising the P.E Storage Room as it was in a mess. At 9:30am, I with a bunch of students at 9:30 went to Kowloon Cricket Club (KCC) to play various sports. We started off by playing tennis in the tennis courts. Even though I had no prior experience to playing tennis, all that we did was teaching the children how to bounce the ball with the racket and how to do a forehand and backhand shot, which were fairly simple for me. It was so nice to see how engaged most of the students were in learning about the sport, and 3 students in particular were very good in using the forehand and backhand shots. They even managed to play a proper game with the teacher! I was teaching the students how to stand and position themselves when hitting a shot and feeding some tennis balls to them for them to try and hit it over the net. After that, we headed down to play some 10-pin bowling. Since there were 8 students and 4 adults, and we had 4 lanes booked, we competed against the students, with 3 people per lane, each with 1 adult competing with 2 other students. This was probably the most fun I had throughout the week as I could connect with the students a lot more through bowling, as they were all very competitive. For the first few rounds, I helped the students in teaching them how to hold the ball and how to throw it to get a good spin on the ball. They took a while but got it later on and managed to have a close game; I obviously won (93 points) but they put up a good fight, with the other students scoring 85 and 87. After we finished bowling at around 11:30, we headed back to the school and then had our lunch. For the remaining part of the school, I had 1 last P.E lesson with only 2 children who had severe autism. We went around the campus for a walk with the 2 students to calm them as they were very hyperactive students. Through this time, I got to learn a lot more about the 2 students from the adults accompanying them and also managed to build a positive relation with the adults as well. For the last 40 minutes of the school day, there was an assembly held. This was probably the most chaotic assembly I have ever been in. Since the school did not have an assembly in a while, there was a lot to go through. They had to give out a lot of different awards for different events that the students had participated in (KGV Sports Run, Sports Day). I was in charge of giving out the awards to the students. The reason I say it was very chaotic was because everytime someone’s name was called, the student would not come up and would be shy and the teachers had to force the students to come up to collect the award. Plus, due to time, the names were being called on very quickly and it was a hot mess on the stage. However, we managed to get the assembly through and I have my final goodbyes to all the staff members and some students and thanked them for everything they helped me in. I have to thank Sarah Roe for exposing me to this new environment and I feel like a different person having volunteered only for a week. It was sad to leave as I had so many good memories within 1 week and the school made me realise for how fortunate I am.

Author: Aryan Sethi

Day 4: Nov 23

After a long journey to Discovery Bay, we finally got to Discovery Bay International School. Sarah Roe school was joined by 3 other schools including Discovery Bay International School in their Sports For All Day. We started the day by letting the kids play on the playground equipment before having a snack. Some of the kids were really excited since JCSRS does not have a playground and were climbing all over it. Yashasvi and I had to be very alert and make sure the kids were safe. Luckily there were a lot of other helpers there if we ever needed help. After snack, we went into the hall and we were welcomed with a chinese drumming performance by the DBIS students. The kids got pretty excited by the drumming noises so we helped them to calm down by doing some yoga and meditation. After the yoga, we organized the students into their groups and began their first activities. I was helping the yellow group for the day.

We started off by playing games like the egg and spoon race, three legged race and some throwing challenges. Some of the students were quite competitive and we let them do some more difficult activities, like doing the egg and spoon race through an obstacle course. I think it was a good opportunity for them to work on their hand eye coordination and following the rules. Next we went to the parachute games activity, where we played a lot of different games involving the parachute. The students had to listen to when they could shake the parachute and stay calm when they weren’t supposed to be shaking it. Then we went on to the obstacle course. The students had to zig-zag through some cones, jump over hurdles, climb over some benches and under some cones, throw a beanbag into a hoop, walk on a balancing beam and jump off a springboard at the end. Once again, some students were very competitive and they wanted to beat their record on how to get through the course. After this activity, everyone was hungry, so we went to have lunch. After lunch on the field, we did a chinese drumming activity where the students had to listen and watch the teacher for when the could hit the drum. I helped a boy called Josh during this activity, because he was a little excited and kept wanting to hit the drum. This was the final activity of the day and we headed back to the ferry after we took a group photo.

Author: Molly Megan

Day 4: Nov 23

The day started with a ferry boat ride from Central to Discovery Bay. Three of the classes were going to be involved in a sports for all day in Discovery Bay International School. They would be joining South Island, Beacon Hill and DBIS and doing various activities. The activities included obstacle courses, parachute games, Chinese drums and many other activities. While the activities were being set up the students had a fun time playing in the DBIS playground. The activity programme started off with DBIS students giving us a great welcome on the Chinese drums. The students were divided into different groups so they could interact with different students from different schools. Today was a day of great learning for me as I got to experience different activities and observe the reactions of the students and how they interacted with a new environment and people. I was working with the ‘Yellow’ group for the day. We started by playing small games such as a three-legged race, egg on a spoon and throwing bean bags. The students had a lot of fun playing these games, it was a great activity to get the students excited and energized for the rest of the activities. Many of the students especially enjoyed the three-legged race. I was surprised at how well the students communicated with each other when doing the three-legged challenge. Some of them paired up with people from other schools and still were great at communicating with each other to complete the race. After these games, the ‘Yellow’ group moved on to playing with the parachute.

We started by first shaking the parachutes to get warmed up. Then we played a game where a beach ball was placed in the middle of the parachute and we all had to collectively shake the parachute until it was caught by someone. Then we moved on to a similar game but now with the bean bags. Multiple bean bags were placed on the parachute as kernels and the aim was to shake off the bean bags as they had now popped and become popcorn. Unfortunately, we were not able to ‘pop’ the popcorn completely and had to stop halfway through because everyone’s hand had started to get tired.

So to give a rest to our arms, we all lifted up the parachute and based on either the fruits we were assigned or the school we represented, had to run under the parachute and switch places with someone else. This game was really for the students but also slightly chaotic. Many students started running around when it wasn’t their turn or they randomly ran somewhere so had to be brought back. After a tiring and fun half an hour with the parachute, we moved on to the obstacle course.

The obstacle seemed to be what the students enjoyed the most. They all had an unbelievable amount of energy left in them after doing all the previous activities. They easily passed through obstacles like hurdles, or balance beams and even did an army crawl! After this the students were drained and hungry which was perfect as it was lunch time.

After lunch we learnt to play the Chinese drums. The instructor used a basketball to guide when the drums should be hit. They were instructed to hit the drums when the ball touched the ground. This seemed as an efficient way to get they students to play the drums and follow the beat. Most of the students did a good job on following the ball. However, at times some of them would randomly start playing the drums but once reminded to follow the ball, they would once again start easily following the ball.

Today was a great opportunity for the students has they got to have a day off school and just have fun and learn new things. This event provided them with the chance of knowing people from other schools and interacting with an environment they were not used to. I learnt a lot from this experience about how different techniques could be used to teach the students something. I also learnt about how collaboration can be taught to the students by making them play fun games with unfamiliar people.

Author: Yashasvi Parekh

Day 2: Nov 21

The icy cold wind breezed through the tiny strands of my hair as I walked into the main reception. I sat on the red oval couch next to my friends as we discussed about yesterday. Unknowingly, it was 9AM and I went up to join the Jade class for the day.

We started off the day with a gym session and I assisted a few students by encouraging them to work harder. A lot of the students managed themselves really well and was experienced with the equipments. To be honest, I was very surprised that most of the students were capable to use the equipments as they can be very dangerous and requires a lot of work setting it up. We then went back to the classroom and assigned each of the students with chores such as turning off the lights, tidying the classroom, etc. I think these kinds of duties are great because it gets them to practice taking care of the environment and build a sense of responsibility. I also had the opportunity to join them for Speech Therapy and it was interesting to see how the teacher engages with the students and the exercises that they do.

Afterwards, we joined other classes for Rugby and I was really excited as I’ve always wanted to see what the sport is like. I played around with the students and guided them through the exercises as they have trouble maneuvering with the ball. We went back to the classroom and I joined 2 students at the Library for free time. One was playing “Subway Surfers” and the other one was listening to music. My ‘sister’ said she wanted to sing for me and at that moment, I felt a bit emotional because she poured her heart and soul into the song. She concluded the performance and told me that she likes me. The singing wasn’t perfect, but the fact that she was so confident to express herself was what truly touched my heart. I think this has so far been my most rewarding moment as I got the chance to connect with her (especially) and hearing her sing made me feel one step closer to her. I walked out the gate with a bubbly feeling as my heart beaten solemnly from her voice.

Author: Nicole Mak

Day 2: Nov 21

Today was pretty much the same. But we did different activities such as playing rugby. I was very surprised with how everyone played. Most of them were quite good at the simple activities they were asked to do. I am actually now assigned to look after Christopher as mentioned about him in the previous reflection. So I was handling him during playing rugby, he was not really active, he was usually walking through any drills that the coach made us do, so I tried to motivate him to put a little more energy.

I was also told to make a poster for the upcoming Christmas celebration, so everyone had to make a poster for every class. I was asked to make the following sign into a poster. So I was asked whether I am a good painter to paint out the poster but I told the teacher instead of painting which I am not really good at, I could make it on computer. So I made the signs as shown in the computer and printed it out. I cutted the reindeer and the sign. The rest of the parts were not supposed to be printed, instead it would be covered with red sheets of paper.

I think I am able to communicate with the students a little better from before, I feel like they are also recognising me a little bit. I give them high fives and try to talk to them from time to time to grab their interest and bring connection between each other.

We also took them to the library today, I read many books to Christopher even though he was not listening to much. But I obviously understand that, which is why I tried to give him the smiley face token whenever he focused.

Author: Rohan Bajaj

Day 2: Nov 21

Today, the students of Gold class started off their day writing their schedule and completing a few worksheets (such as math problems or word searches) as part of their morning routine. Although the teacher was not available in the morning due to a meeting, a supply EA was there to provide assistance. When all the students arrived school (except for 2 students who went sailing), we went to play rugby with other primary classes on the courts. Although I did have previous experience working with individuals with special needs as well as working with children, I found it challenging to capture the attention of the students as it was difficult for them to concentrate. As of now, I am still understanding and learning how this can be done by observations of how teachers interact and communicate with their students. During the rugby session, I had to ensure the safety of the children so that they stay within the court boundaries as many of them began running around. My role was also to engage the students and remind them of the instructions given by the coach. I interacted with the students by playing catch with the rugby ball as a warm up game. One of the student did exceptionally well in Rugby as he followed the instructions well and was an active participant in the activities throughout the session.

After the students engaged in physical activity to work on their motor skills, our class had maths which required the students to measure the length of the plants that they have been growing individually outside the classroom. Before lunch, the students in my class went to the sensory room, however I stayed in the classroom to help with paperwork. During this time, I looked through several magazines and had to cut out pieces of paper in the color of red, white, blue, and green, in preparation for our art lesson after lunch. The art activity required students to complete a collage on themes revolving around Hong Kong, such as the MTR sign, TVB logo, and the peak tram. This activity appeared rather challenging for me as the student I was working with was quite active and it was difficult to tell them to stay put. Later, we had a brief library session before the end of the day.

The day concluded with a short ‘circle time’ where the students shared their favourite activities of the day. Many chose rugby, and this allowed me to gain a better understanding of what activities the students prefer or favor over others.

Author: Bianca Yuen

Day 2: Nov 21

Behind every production is the sweat and determination of many others. This is what I learned today. Although I was assigned back to “Emerald” class, I spent my day in the art room. I spent the day constructing signs, starting with a grey magazine collage forming the shape of an umbrella, and moving on to create “Naughty” and “Nice” road signs, all for the Christmas play. This experience was very different from yesterday’s experience, where today was based only on arts and crafts. However, I learned a lot from today’s experience. I learned that in plays and drama productions, there are a lot of props, costumes, backdrops, etc. Although these may only appear for a couple of seconds in the final showcase, they are the result of many hours of hard work. We often take these “minuscule” things for granted, and criticize them instead of appreciating them. Therefore, in today’s experience, I have learned to sympathize with people further, and allowed me to be thankful for what I have, since these are the product of a lot of people’s hard work.

Being situated in the artroom has also led me to understand some of the hardships that the students at Sarah Roe have to face everyday. This is because while I was working on props, there was an art teacher working individually with some students. Although the challenges that they may face are different, I can see how dedicated they are, trying not to let their problems affect their work. For example, in one of the classes, there was a student who was very auditory sensitive, and would scream with different sounds. However, he was still quite dedicated, and tried to finish his artwork, whilst trying not to scream. Although the art-making process was calming him down, he still had some sudden outbursts. Because of this, his aid suggested playing some music, and the results were immediate. The student’s outburst frequency drastically decreased, and he even started to bob his head and sing some lyrics with the music. Seeing this scene has further led me to see that I should appreciate what I have. This also leads to the popular thought that every little thing counts, as evident in this case. Although to us, music may seem like something we have everyday, and is nothing special, it is very special to some people.

Author: Kiho Masui

Day 2: Nov 21

Today, since there was less helpers in the classroom than yesterday, I had to take more responsibility to look after the students and help them if they are in need. In the morning, I helped them to unpack their lunchboxes and water bottles and get ready to learn. The teacher explained that she wanted the students to get into a daily routine and be able to follow it, since it is hard for them to understand what to do when there isn’t a set plan. Then, we had a short ‘circle time’ where the students were able to take responsibility in the class by becoming a line leader, a library monitor or a water bottle monitor. Then the class had an early snack time before going to music lesson. During the music lesson I looked after two students to make sure that they understood the activity and stayed calm. The students learnt a song and had a chance to come up and sing a part of the song. One of the kids knew how to sing “You are my sunshine” in Spanish! Next the students played with these small musical instruments called Rainbow Bells. They had to follow the instructions and only play the rainbow bell when they were told to. It was hard for some of them to stop playing with the bells because they thought it was really fun, but I tried my best to assure them that they will get a turn to play the bell if they waited for the teacher.

Then I brought the students to their rugby lesson. The teachers had to go to a meeting, so I had to look after every student in my class, which proved to be a little difficult since the lesson was on a big field and the kids kept wanting to run off. Most of the class were very well behaved and stood in lines to wait for their turn to play with the rugby ball. They all seemed to enjoy rugby and were sad to go back to their other classes. After rugby, we went back to the classroom and practiced for their christmas show. One of the boys played a news anchor/dj and did a very good job remembering his lines. Because it was christmas themed, the girls built a snowman and the boys did a dance to Ice Ice Baby XD. It was a good chance to connect with them because they got to dance and express themselves. After practicing, it was time for playtime and lunch. During playtime I got to meet some of the other children in other classes and they were all curious to meet the other volunteers from RCHK.

After my lunch break, I went back to the classroom to help the kids with reading. I had to take any notes if they had any trouble reading certain words and to make some general comments about their skill level. This allowed me to get a better understanding of what their skill levels were. After reading, we did a art activity where we made some gifts to sell at the christmas show. I helped the students if they needed it and keep the class under control. I think some of the students were too excited for home time and they got a bit jumpy, which upset some of the students. I had to remind them that they would not be able to get any stars if they continued behaving this way and would not be able to get a prize at the end of the week. After helping the kids pack away their things, I was dismissed at around 2:45.

Author: Molly Megan

Day 2: Nov 21

I started off the day by welcoming the students into the classroom. After that, I led the class to the large sports field for their rugby lesson. As the class teacher and some of the educational assistants were in a meeting, I had to fulfil the role of looking after some of the student that require extra care. Given that there were eight people in my class, it was challenging but rewarding experience. Some students co-operated with the teacher and other classmates, while others refused to listen to any instructions or participate in activities. Therefore, I used verbal communication and physical demonstration to encourage those who did not want to participate. Simple words of encouragement such as “you are doing great!” or “good job!” make the students more active in terms of participating in the activity. On the other hand, some students had to set short term goals in order to stay motivated and listen to instructions. One student in particular, had to be constantly reminded that he has to actively participate in class in order to earn his “ipad time”. It was an eye-open to see that one method of encouragement may not work for everyone and ways of encouragement and motivation should be tailored to each student. Another challenge I have acquired today was “disciplining” the students. As my role for the week is to work as an educational assistant, I should be assertive and tell the students what is considered acceptable and what is not. This was quite challenging to me because it is still a fairly new task. However, I managed to overcome this by leading the students verbally and physically, showing them what they are expected to do. When they have completed the task, I would reward them with a high five or a word of compliment. After rugby lesson, I joined another education assistant to the sensory room, along with four students. During this session, I was able to interact with the students and guide activities, This was the most enjoyable part of the day as I felt I could interact with the students with a more casual environment, and I can engage with ball games.
Another task I worked on today was arts and crafts. I was required to cut out all the images of the staffs and students from the school (around 70 people in total), as my class teacher is planning to create a display board for the school. This task was time consuming and repetitive. However, through doing this mundane activity, I developed a newfound appreciation for the decorations I see around school. I have realised that someone have dedicated their time putting/creating the decorations, which may not be the most interesting stuff. Another task I did was creating stage prop for the Christmas Show. During this activity, I had to create a road sign that read “dai pai tong” and allowed me to develop my artistic skills.

When I was in the art room creating props, there were students from other classes that came in for art therapy. As a role of an observer, I was able to witness different types of students. The students were all very different and required different help. Sometimes, it was rather saddening to hear the teacher discuss the symptoms and back stories of the students. It was also an eye opener to see various therapy sessions. However, I am thankful for the positive environment that the staff and therapist created for myself and the students in the school

I have also engaged with the lunch duty today. Lunch duty is also rather interesting because unexpected events always happen. Some students will ask for help to heat their lunch and inevitable fights will happen around the lunch table. Through being on lunch duty, I was able to understand each student’s ability and personality a bit more, building a closer relationship between the students and I. This will be valuable in the next few days because I will need to continue communicating and interacting with them.

Author: Pak Lok Tsui

Day 2: Nov 21

They say the best way to get rid of a fear is to face it, and thanks to Sarah Roe, I got the opportunity of doing that. Today, I with a bunch of students studying at Sarah Roe went to Sai Kung for sailing. We left for Sai Kung from the school at 9:35 in the morning by a bus that was booked by the school. Once we reached, I met the instructor over there named Mark. He was very nice and I was with him for the entire time. Each student had 1 adult in the sailboat for safety issues. I went with Mark in the motorboat to create the boundary areas for the sailing activity as well as to ensure that safety of the people in the sailboat. Even though I did not sail, I have always had a fear of water and managing to go in a waterboat and engage in water activities was a rewarding experience, especially doing it with the special needs children makes the task more challenging. However, I was quite surprised to see how matured and smart the kids were as they knew how to sail a boat very quickly, as Mark only gave a 10-15 minute briefing. We went near Trio Beach and started sailing outside the boundary areas of the beach. Each sailboat had 1 child and 1 adult and there were about 6 boats in total participating in various activities such as going in circular motions and figure-eights. There were not any real challenges as the weather was perfect and the wind was strong. It was so surprising to see how the autistic children were having fun and understanding how to do such a difficult task like sailing and engaging with them. We finished at 11:30am and reached back to the base at 11:45am where everyone showered and changed and headed back to the school at 12:00pm. After I reached back the school at 12:30pm, I had lunch for 30 minutes and then went on to running some tests with some of the special children. We were testing the physical fitness on some of the obese children studying at Sarah Roe to see their progress from their previous test. The test included, running from 1 end of the hall to the other end, 10 secs plank, 10 sit ups, 10 basketball dribbles, 10 catching tennis balls, 10 bird dogs, 10 squats, 10 kicking a soccer ball to a cone and other. We tested 3 girls and it was quite depressing to see that how they are in an even more difficult situation due to their weight and disability. Everyday I enter and leave the school, I just thank god for how fortunate I am to live a happy and normal life.


Sailability, Hong Kong, Sai Kung

Author: Aryan Sethi

Day 1: Nov 20

For my CAS week, I was assigned to the “Silver Crust” class. It consists of around 8 students.

We started the first day by doing small activities such as making necklaces where we gave the students beads in which they used a piece of string and tried to insert it through every bead that was given.

Other activities we came across to was tracing alphabets. They had trouble doing it which is when we hold their hands and try to help them to trace the given letters properly and firmly.

I came across a student named Christopher. He was very hard to work with at once because he tend to not listen and follow instructions, he was usually day dreaming, but I slowly tried to explain and eventually try to make him so what he was supposed to do.

They are given a card in which they get 5 smiley faces to reach their goal, and their goal can be anything such as 1 minute fidget time, snacks, play time, etc. So if we notice any of the students are off task, then we point and show them their goal and pretend to remove it from the paper, and they literally hold your hand to stop you from taking out and start to focus back on their task.

They also sent the students to a room called the ‘multi-purpose room’ in which there is a disco light, bean bags, and blankets, in which the students rest and take a short nap before their next activities which requires more stress or engagement. This was really interesting. Another thing which I really was engaged by was the fact how the students know where every room is and listen very nicely despite of their condition. We do help them and make sure they reach to the right places but they are always aware of where they are appointed to go to.

We were also practicing for the christmas show, in which we played “Jingle Bells Rock”. Every student were assigned the instruments and I was very impressed with how they were all playing especially the ones who played the piano and the drums. I really liked the way how everything was set up. For example for the piano notes, instead of telling them the notes, making them hard to explain and making it hard for them to understand, they put different color stickers in the different piano keys and were given a paper with the colors in order matching with the keys on the piano that should be played according to the song.

Author: Rohan Bajaj

Day 1: Nov 20

This week I was assigned to work with the Sapphire Class, who’s ages are all around 8-10 years old. We started the day off with P.E, and that was a good opportunity to learn the names of the students in my class and connect with them. We played some games that helped them to learn how to follow rules and did some exercises to help with their hand eye coordination. Then we went back to the classroom and did ‘Circle Time’, where the students got to share what they did over the weekend and talk to each other. I was quite surprised that so many of them were interested to learn more about me! Then I took the class to the SI room, which is a room filled with soft toys and climbing walls and I played some simple, ‘quiet’ games with them. After lunch, I supported the students in their rotations activity and I helped them with the reading/writing activity. They used ipads to make sentences, and practice speaking. I was dismissed at 2:30 after I helped the children tidy up and get ready to go.

Going into it, I was a little worried since I have never worked with special needs children, but I realized that I was experienced enough (since I tutor kids and I have done previous work experience in kindergartens) to be able to control and teach the students. I already have gotten to know quite a few of the students, especially Joshua and Edward, but I hope to talk to all of them more tomorrow. Initially I was quite nervous after I chose to go on this CAS week activity, but after the first day I don’t regret choosing to go to JCSRS at all 🙂

Author: Molly Megan

Day 1: Nov 20

I was assigned to ‘Jade’ class which consists of around 8 students from 16-19 years old. I started off the morning helping with laminating work and cutting out some activities for the children. This continued until lunch but it was an opportunity for me to connect with the staff as well as exploring the library. After lunch, I joined the class for some interactive Art and Basketball lessons. In the Art lesson, we made marble art with Christmas themes and since there were only 3 students, I had the opportunity to actually help the students create the art while encouraging them on the side. In the Basketball lesson, the entire class came and we practiced dribbling and shooting the basket. Lastly, we took a jog around the area and I was dismissed at 2:30pm after the students left.

I was really nervous and anxious coming to the school as I have limited experience working with children. I didn’t know how they would be like and what it would be like working with them. Again, I do not have that much experience working with children and everything was so new to me and I was really afraid I would make a mistake or someone might get hurt. I chose this CAS Week because I wanted to step out of my comfort zone (and do something challenging too!) and judging from the first day, I think that there can definitely be room for improvement. One of the students also became my ‘sister’ and I can’t wait to get to know her (and other students) more!

Author: Nicole Mak

Day 1: Nov 20

I was assigned to the “Ruby” class which is a secondary class. It is a class which is relatively fine to work with and most of the students in the class are able to find their way around school easily. The morning started off with the students doing a writing activity and due to a reason, one of the students started throwing a tantrum. In it, he physically started hitting objects that could hurt him so he had to be brought out of the classroom to relax. As his tantrum involved making really loud noises, some of the other students had to have their ears covered as they are sensitive to auditory stimulus. The class then proceeded to circle time where we sang songs and danced along to some of them. Next, we moved on to either having gym time or being in the sensory integration room. The gym had a lot of machines which were used but the children while the sensory integration room had soft flooring, therapy balls, and various toys. After the break, we focused on arts where we cut of different colors from magazines for a collage castle the students are making for the Christmas show. I had expected it to be an easy task but it wasn’t as the students tended to get off-track easily and ripped the pages and didn’t try and find the colors needed. We had to patiently remind the students to be back on task and keep encouraging them to continue. After lunch, we moved on to PE. The class started by practicing basketball and to end the class we went for a run around the whole campus. To end the day, we looked at pictures from the sports day they had last week and the students shared what they did over the weekend.

I had previously worked with special needs children, I knew what I should be expecting in terms of their behavior. Though as expected, the individual personalities of all the students were very different and this impacted the way they behaved. Overall, most of the students and staff members were very accepting and welcoming in the classroom. The students were really fun to work with especially during PE where I got to race one of the students. Today has been a very insightful and knowledgeable day and I am looking forward to everything I will be learning in the next few days.

Author: Yashasvi Parekh

Day 1: Nov 20

I started off the day working as a teacher assistant in the “Gold class”. I was introduced to the students in the morning, we proceeded to have a brief “circle time” whereby students shared their weekend experiences to start off the day. We moved on to some literacy and music lessons in order to help the students work on their motor functions and to prepare for the Christmas show that will be held in December. Later throughout the day, there were activities such as Physical Education and cooking, which all aimed to increase and improve the interaction as well as social skills between students. Afterwards, to consolidate the skills that learned during cooking (skills that can be applicable in real life contexts), I worked with the students to help them create their individual recipe books on how to make a sandwich.

Reflecting on today, I felt that it has been an insightful and meaningful experience, so I definitely look forward to tomorrow and working with the students in my class again. As I have had previous experience working with special educational needs students from volunteer work, I was able to recognize what to look out for in some students or what to be aware of (e.g. some students are sensitive to certain auditory or touch stimulus), thus a lot of their behaviors and actions do not come as a surprise. Despite this, today has been an invaluable experience and opportunity to serve the needs of the special needs community.

Author: Bianca Yuen

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