This year, I chose to be a part of the Global Concern- Tabitha. This GC has the mission of empowering the underprivileged in Cambodia to improve their situation through savings and other programmes. It also helps through housebuilding and monetary donations. I hope to visit Tabitha and help with the housebuilding sometime. I think I focused on learning outcome 7 through this GC as working with a service taught me about the ethics behind the fundraising events we can organise, what we can sell, and many other things.
The Digital Arts Club has been very beneficial for me so far. I think I have worked on learning outcome 2 during the course of this club, as I have faced some challenges using new technology. I have however, found it very helpful as I enjoy drawing as well as photography and see this as a sort of mid point between the two. I am currently doing an internship and hope to use my newly acquired skills of digital arts to help me as well as the company I am interning with.
Service this year has been a really eyeopening and poignant experience. I think I worked on learning outcome 3 during this experience as I got to lead and plan the service activities with two other students every three weeks. I found it challenging at first to come up with ideas of activities that would be suitable for all our clients as they had varying abilities and hence sometimes it would so happen that one or two of the clients found some activities difficult. However, over a period of time, as we got to know our clients better, we were better able to understand what they enjoyed and were able to do, and planned activities accordingly. I think another challenge was trying to change up the activities after a period of time to ensure that the clients were engaged.
However, I think we managed to eventually understand what would be most beneficial to our clients and managed to do a variety of activities with them. The highlight of the year for me was the Colour (Y)our World event that our service partners organised. I volunteered at this event and helped serve food to the people that attended the event.
I found project week very enjoyable and an extremely enriching experience. I worked with Free the Bears in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Our activities included cleaning bear enclosures, preparing food and enrichment items, and painting cages. These are activities that I haven’t done before and I hence worked on learning outcome 2 as it was a challenging yet informative experience. I learned several things about sun bears and moon bears that I was not aware of prior to the trip. We also got to see several other animals. The highlight of the trip for me was throwing the enrichment items into the bear enclosures and watching them play with them and try to lick the food in the toys. I found it very fulfilling to see that our hard work was paying off.
I worked on learning outcome 6 as well because ill treatment of animals is an issue of global significance which our service providers are sincerely trying to tackle.
I have learned a lot of interesting tricks on how to create beautiful drawings on the application ‘procreate’. It has been a very interesting learning experience for me as I have never explored digital arts before. I enjoy the experience thoroughly. One challenge that I have faced is in using the application as I am not very experienced with these sort of applications and was hence a little slower than the others at picking up some of the work at times. However, as the year progressed, I got better at it. I hence think that I worked on learning outcome 2 and learned a new skill while doing this activity. Over all, I found it very fruitful.
On the 25th of May we will be leaving for project week. My group is going to Cambodia to work with a service called ‘Free the Bears’. I think I will work on learning outcome 4 as we have to plan the activities with our service partners. We will also have to work collaboratively with our service partners and hence I will also be working on learning outcome 5. Our planning has been smooth so far. Our service partners have been very responsive and even when there have been doubts or forms for them to sign, they have been quick to respond. I am eagerly looking forward to this trip as I feel strongly towards animal welfare.
One challenge that we might face on project week is working in the wilderness as we are not accustomed to it, however, I am looking forward to doing service and contributing towards animal welfare.
I find this activity very enjoyable. I have learned how to use the application ‘procreate’ and make interesting creative art pieces on it. I think I am working on learning outcome 1 as this is a new skill that I am trying to hone. I have done art before but never digital art and I think this will be a useful skill even outside of school.
I have been thoroughly enjoying the yoga activity. We have recently tried several new poses such as the head stand and some back bends. I think I worked on learning outcome 2 as these poses were new to me and I found them challenging yet rewarding.
Some things that I have found difficult during this course are the inversions, however, I think I am improving at these as well. I thoroughly enjoy all the different exercises we do including the abdominal exercises and the breathing exercises. I have been doing yoga for a long period of time now and hope to continue it even in the following school year.
I recently participated in the SIMUN (Singapore International Model Untied Nations) conference. It was my first international conference and I found it very informative and enjoyable. I learned how a conference works as well as how to interact with people of different cultures to create a resolution. I thus worked on learning outcomes 5 and 6 as I had to work collaboratively to find a solution to an issue of global significance