This week Tuesday, we started the activity on Arts Club where we make any type of art we like in the class. I used this opportunity to work on my Art on Comparative Study. It was a chill class and all of us were either painting, drawings sketching. Majority of them were drawing digitally. Maybe next week, I’ll try to use the digital device as well.
1. How might you unpack the text more effectively in order to derive insight or connect to ideas/ themes?
Having a theme or a concept would have been better for my paper 1. Since there was a time limit, I was rushing to include the evidences I have found instead of coming up with a theme based on the evidences. When analysing, rather than explaining the meaning, maybe digging it to a deeper level and connecting it with the global issue might have improved my writing. Instead of stating what the obvious is, giving more analysis backing up with evidence might have been better.
2. How might you create more realistic arguments and discussions?
One of the weakness of the essay was the lack of terminology. The usage of terminology can improve my explanation and arguments more and give the reader a sense of understanding from me when analysing the text. Another way to create a more realistic argument is to have a theme, as stated above. By then, I could connect the evidences I find with the theme giving a more insightful argument and discussion.
How has your planning changed?
When planning the HL Essay, I added another text from P&G – Baby Vinicius. At first there were only two texts and both of them lies on the extreme spectrum of gender roles or stereotypes. But after the discussions with my teacher, I added another advert which is a middle ground of both of them.
I was also focusing on mixing the context and analysis so much that the theme became vague and became unclear. Thus, I also need to reduce using a lot of frames as evidence and focus on unpacking one frame from each text.
This made me realise that I should have a theme when writing the HL essay. This will improve the focus and the points of my essay allowing me to provide evidence clearer. Based on paper 1 exam, I was lacking in terms of using terminologies so I will use more terminologies and improve my arguments.
During the first couple of months until January was my learning months. The line was slowly going up on the graph.
I’ve been learning a lot from my CAS (IFP, Arts and Crafts with PPIS Childcare Center, Badminton). I’ve been learning life skills, social skills, thought-provoking skills, and critical thinking skills. As much as I enjoy learning the skills, shortly after April break, the line on the graph started to decline down due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Although we could not do any social activities, we continued the activity virtually. We had meetings every Tuesday after school and we would discuss what to do next if the school were to open again. We were planning ahead to what comes next. I would say that the line was slowly but gradually starting to go up again.
Even though we couldn’t get to do any of the activities we have planned, I was fortunate enough to have learnt a lot of skills from my services.
How are you going to make Grade 12 a successful, fulfilling experience for you?
- Do not procrastinate
- Be aware of the deadlines and try to keep up with the work
- Do not pile up the work until last minute
- During frees, try and revise old units so that you wouldn’t forget
- Maybe make a schedule on tasks that you have to do and make a plan for your studies
Due to the COVID-19 situation, unfortunately the school has decided to shut down after April break and we haven’t gone back to school since then. This means that we also could not continue meeting with our service partners and have to put a halt to our services. It is unfortunate but we tried to find ways to still communicate with them. However, since they are 4 – 5 years olds, it is very hard for them to communicate with us as well.
We are hoping to find something we could do for the children and recently, we thought of an idea where we make a short 30 seconds video for the kids and combine them. We told them to take care of themselves and stay safe! I think this will make the children happy and hopefully, they haven’t forgotten about us.
Even though we are not certain whether the school is going to be open or not, if it opens, we will prepare plans and activities for the kids beforehand so that we won’t be rushing on things.
Recently, my mentor interviewed me for CAS and here is my audio for it!
Here is my plan for IO!
How does CAS impact and/or enhance your wellness?
Personally, not all of my CAS has an impact on my wellness but I feel like badminton really helps me with my wellness. I feel active and all the exercising helps me with my muscles and my fitness. I know that I am the type of person who doesn’t exercise unless I am being told. Because I sign up for badminton, it was a good opportunity for me to take care of my wellness and I do not regret it.
After doing try-outs for a week or so, the results for the team were decided. I got into the C team which I did not mind. That just meant that I have more time to improve myself in playing the games.
We had a match on 24th February against Dover. Unfortunately, some of us did not have the chance to play against Dover. Instead, we were paired up to play against our own teams. All of us were randomly paired up with different team members. For the first round, we played solo and doubles against the East. For single matches, both of us won and the same goes for double. For the second match, we were teamed up to play against Dover but we did not have enough time to finish the match as it was time to go home.
In conclusion, it was a great experience to play against our own teammates. I learned to relax and focus during my matches. Despite the lack of experience in playing competition like others, winning against a match with East, my friends, made me feel like I’ve achieved something and I am looking forward to having more competition in the future.
Does CAS actually have the capacity to change who you are?
Yes, it actually does. I signed up for Arts and Crafts with PPIS Child Care Center and Initiative For Peace (IFP) for season 1 to 4 and Badminton for season 2 and pre-season.
For IFP, it made me interact with a lot of people at the same time. I am an introvert when I am with new people and I lack self-confidence when it comes to stating my own opinions. However, during my time there, it forced me to interact and open up my perspectives.
Arts & Crafts with PPIS Child Care Center
The same goes for Arts and Crafts. Even though my past experience with kids has not been well and I do not enjoy their company most of the time, this service made me think about my decisions in a different approach. It made me want to interact with them more and I find myself enjoying their company from time to time.
I am a very inactive person when it comes to sport activities. However, when I signed up for badminton pre-season, I find myself enjoying the activity and practices. Even though they are hard and tiring, it gave me joy and bliss. Thus, I even signed up for the season in-game and I got into C team.
All in all, all the activities and services that I participated in made me change as a person in a good and better way. Without it, I would not have realized my potentials and might still be hiding in a nutshell, in my own bubble. The activities forced me to look and try new things and I am grateful for the activities that I signed up for.