Yesterday I had the privilege of playing a part in Ridge View’s Christmas carol service. Due to 14 staff being off ill, we moved the event from the church to their hall. I retold the Christmas story using some, carefully chosen and in some cases edited, images from The Brick Testament. At the end I felt two things:
- How under-trained I am to work with large groups of young people with special needs – it is one thing to work in a school environment where one or two in the class have medium special needs, but to work in an environment where most of the young people have severe needs is completely different. I need to research training opportunities in this area – anyone know of anything?
- If I am going to do this regularly and well then I need to make a commitment to visit the school regularly – as relationships with the pupils are even more important in this setting than in ‘normal’ schools work.
On the positive side though a few young people came and told me how much they enjoyed what I had to say, and told me a great Christmas joke:
Q. What’s Tarzan’s favourite Christmas carol?
A. Jungle bells, jungle bells!