On Thursday 2nd March, 8V showed just how much they care by welcoming students from our new community partner Xa Dan School for disabled and hearing impaired children to BVIS for a session of fun sporting activities, which they led themselves.
The students from BVIS had spent their previous PE lesson planning and organising the games that they were going to lead to our guests. This was a particular challenge for the students because there were many unknown factors; what was their sporting ability going to be like, do they speak English and the biggest challenge the students would need to overcome was that the children from Xa Dan school had a number of disabilities. Students prepared written instructions and practiced demonstrating their games to ensure everybody could understand.
Our students showed great respect and although at first they were a little nervous and unsure, once the children from Xa Dan school arrived, they settled in to it and ran some fantastic games. At times our students will have been pushed out of their comfort zone but it was fantastic to see them grow in confidence over the morning.
This was an extremely valuable experience for students at BVIS where they developed in confidence and improved their leadership skills which will help them in many aspects of their life in years to come.
Reflection from PHAM Bao Khanh (Kate) – Class 8V
Last Thursday, we got to play with some of the students from Xa Dan school. Xa Dan is a school for disabled children, most of which are partially deaf students. Earlier, we had organised some activities that we could do together. We introduced games like relay racing, dodge ball, handball, and bulldog. I think that 8V did a great job explaining each of the activities. They understood everything and had a great time. We had fun ourselves too. Despite some difficulties in communication, we eventually got over the minor difference and enjoyed the game like normal.
Kate also took it upon herself to learn how to sign her name, something the teachers from Xa Dan were very impressed with. I would also like to say a special well done to TRAN Duc Hien and BUI Linh Nhi, who really took responsibility and ownership of their sessions, giving clear instructions and demonstrations while motivating and supporting other students in the games.
It was truly wonderful to see that everyone had fun and enjoyed the morning. Mr. Hoan, the principal of Xa Dan School, expressed how happy he was and how they are looking forward to visiting again in a few weeks. Big congratulations must go to all students in 8V for being outstanding role models and great ambassadors for our school.
Mr. Kevin Halpin
Community Service Manager