ONCE meeting at Novaschool Sunland International

Last Friday 14th of May, four volunteers of the ONCE association came to Novaschool Sunland International to raise awareness about visually disabled people.

Inspired by their literature books ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio and ‘Call of the wild’ by Jack London, Y7 and Y9 students met with them to celebrate and learn about living with a disability and working in partnership with animals.

English teachers Miss Katharine and Miss Gwyn saw this talk as an opportunity to apply the reality of her readings and raise awareness. Pupils learned how the Braille system works (with Perkinson machine and more modern ones), as well as that guide dogs can be a fundamental tool for the day-to-day life.

Both students and teachers really enjoyed the experience and learned about the limitations of people with blindness. In addition, they can now know how to help them or collaborate with this partnership.

Today our visibly impaired friends from ONCE came to visit us at Novaschool Sunland. They taught us about their daily life and use of technology for blind people which has advanced enormously in the past decades. The star of the show (a dog named Walky) accompanied by his owner ‘Idel’ demonstrated his sense of orientation. A student had the chance of being guided with her eyes closed, by Walky. Leo, the affiliated representative, offered us a inspirational speech to get to know her and the life of a blind person. This was definitely on extremely valuable experience from which students have acquired plenty of new knowledge. Thank you ONCE for your dedication and hard work!”

Eva & Elena, Y9B