In Terms 2 and 3, my friends and I were involved in a BVIS Community link called Circus Club. In this club we designed and facilitated different activities and physical games with children from the Chuyen Biet Rang Dong school – a “special needs” school. Many people make assumptions when they hear the word “special” and think that it would be hard for us to get along with the children because most of them have hearing impairments, or that they are difficult to deal with because they are developmentally delayed. But that wasn’t the case; Circus Club is different. This is the place where everyone is treated equally, and for me, it is no longer a task I do as a chore but an exciting activity.
I was very happy to go along and play games with them, more than I could have ever imagined. The children taught me how to be more confident in life, and taught me to trust in my abilities. They also helped me to see the value of the soul, where material things don’t have any value, and they showed me the limits of time. I want to keep all those precious moments forever in my memory because they are an important part of my life. Although the club took place only once a week, and one would have thought that it wouldn’t have a great impact on my life, it definitely gave me a different perspective and now my life is filled with more peace and harmony.
Bang – Year 12