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CAS Reflection: Service (RDA) – Reflection 3

CAS Reflection: Service

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)

Reflection 3

Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Recognise and consider the ethics implications of choices and actions.

 

Working with different riders throughout my time volunteering at RDA has been a really interesting experience. All of my riders so far have had ASD but the way I’ve had to help them differs. There are times where working with certain riders can be really difficult and there are times where it can get frustrating if they do not want to listen or do the activities they have to do. In times like these I try to stay as patient as I can and not let my frustration show as I don’t want to upset the child and make them dislike riding. Additionally, there’s a possibility that getting frustrated will cause the child to become uncomfortable with working with me and/or others which isn’t desirable, so I try to keep my cool and be patient and understanding.

I’ve never been in any conflict with the riders or the staff, though with the rider I’ve just begun working with it can be a little stressful for my friend and I. The rider often throws tantrums as he doesn’t want to do the stretches and he only wants to get on the horse, but what was uncomfortable for us was that we weren’t sure where to ask for help. The staff members are usually busy helping get the arena and the horses ready and sometimes the parents, as in this case, are not as willing to help out. I think in situations like this was where I really needed to consider my actions so we could avoid any extreme conflicts. We chose not to force the child into doing the stretches, and at the end of the session during our reporting, we mentioned it to the staff then as it is a more confidential issue and out of respect for the boy and his father as they may not appreciate it. From mentioning it, the staff could offer us some advice that could help for our next session.

Essentially, I didn’t want to put stress on both the child and his father as they both seemed quite unhappy with the situation. In situations like this, I think it’s important to maintain our composure and push through with a smile so as to not make the child any more uncomfortable. At the same time, discussing it privately is more respectful than discussing it with the parent in cases like this where we might end up risking the child not showing up for sessions anymore.

 

CAS Reflection: Activity (Kahaani) – Reflection 1

CAS Reflection: Activity

Kahaani 2019 West India

Reflection 1

 

Learning Outcome(s):

  1. Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth.  

 

To complete my activity requirements for CAS, I chose to take part in Kahaani this year. Kahaani is another dance show focused around Indian cultural dances that is organised by school, however it is organised by Kolkata GC (global concern) and all the money raised from the event is donated to an organisation situated in Kolkata.

 

I wanted to take part in Kahaani this year because after my past experience in Culturama, I had a newfound interest and appreciation in dancing. I also thought that if I liked this new activity so much, I shouldn’t just leave it to one experience, therefore I signed up for the dance. Also, I thought this would be a good way to experience my own culture as I am a little detached from it since, despite being Indian myself, I have lived in Singapore and attended international schools for the majority of my life.

 

Upon joining, I had already come across several difficulties. The dance style was obviously different from the dance style I learned in Culturama. I found these dances that I need to learn for Kahaani are much more intricate and focus on tinier details compared to the dances I learned for Ghana in Culturama which focus more on bigger, well-rounded movements. But overtime, I managed to grow accustomed to it and learning the dance became less hard.

 

In our dance, there are 4 dances altogether. Everyone in our group will be performing the second and last dance, however we’re split into two groups and one performs the first dance and the other performs the third. In my opinion, the third dance was very energetic and a bit fast, whereas the first dance was much more delicate and focused heavily on grace. Initially I was in the third dance but I was struggling a lot. I found that the beats were not easy to follow for me and I would forget the steps no matter how much I practiced after school, so much so that it began to put me under a lot of stress as we were on a time crunch. However, I ended up getting switched to the first dance as there were other dancers from that group who had dropped out of Kahaani altogether and that group had too few people in it. I found that the first dance was so much easier for me to learn and that there was clearly a certain style of dancing that I seemed to go better with, and in this case it was more fast grace. Having this affinity for this style of dance made me enjoy the dance a lot more and I didn’t find myself beating myself up over any mistakes as much.

 

The biggest struggle with this however, was that I had to learn the dance by myself due to the fact that it was such a last minute change, but I was okay with this. I used videos from the dance leaders and videos of the original group during practice as a reference. The dance itself was still a little difficult for me, but learning a dance by myself was the biggest challenge, but I’m really proud of myself because I was able to do it.

^ The original dance I was assigned to (3rd dance)

first time running through the other dance after learning it all beforehand (1st dance)