Project Week 2019: Creativity

For my Project Week, my group decided to go to Jakarta under Jakarta Street Kids (JSK). Our trip covered two CAS aspects: creativity and service, but mainly service. To say it impacted us is an understatement, because of the different events we’d witnessed during our stay in Jakarta.

Before the service with XSProject, our group visited a museum in Jakarta called Taman Mini, where we learned about the historical culture of Indonesia, showcasing the historical household items, different types of housing, traditions.

 

Taman Mini wasn’t just a museum, but a culture park that showcased every aspect of the Indonesian culture. From the indigenous species that live here to the type of houses from the 18th century to present, Taman Mini had it all. The first thing that visitors see in the museum are the different traditional costumes, from different parts of Indonesia, and even the history behind it. Out of the entire tour in Taman Mini, this had to be my favourite part.

We were told that the costumes the mannequins were wearing were genuine traditional costumes from history, and yet, they look so well maintained. Before this, I wasn’t aware that Indonesia had such a variety of traditional costumes, and to see all of them lined up was so intriguing.

The remaining two levels of the museum featured the different cultural traditions that most Indonesians celebrate, for example, a 7 month pregnancy tradition called a Mitoni ceremony, a ritual for the safe passage of a woman’s first seven months of pregnancy, (7 bulanan). Mitoni comes from the Javanese word ‘pitu’ or seven. Sungkeman is when both the expecting mum and dad ask forgiveness from their parents in order to have a smooth and healthy pregnancy journey until labor.

Siraman is from the word siram, which means ‘to take a bath’. This holy bathing ritual in Mitoni is done to purify the would-be mother and the baby. The expecting mum is bathed with water filled with 7 flowers and usually the oldest member of the family starts the procession.

I came into the museum with an open mind, wanting to learn and understand more about the Indonesian culture (because Malaysia and Indonesia have very close roots with each other) My main goal was to go out learning something I didn’t know, and for me, that was specifically the 7 month pregnancy tradition. For some reason, that was the display that stuck out to me the most, as I had never heard of such a tradition in my life. I’m glad that I was able to experience and learn different cultures of the world and have my horizons expanded!

One major learning outcome from this experience is LO 3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. Taman Mini is a very big culture park, and in order for us to get the most out of it with minimal time wasted, we had to plan ahead of our route and what we’d do. This included collaboration from all of our members, as we wanted to make sure everyone was satisfied with our schedule and if there were any problems, we could work around it. We even planned to use the pay-as-you-go go-kart to go around Taman Mini to save time (and it wasn’t that expensive anyway!)

us having a good time 🙂

 

 

 

 

CAS Reflection: HS Netball 19&U Girls

In my previous high school, I wasn’t able to join a sports team because of how demotivated I was to go out and join. However, I enjoyed playing netball casually with my sisters, that’s why I decided to join the U19 netball team and give it a go, and I have no regrets whatsoever.

Joining a sports team was nerve-wracking because I wasn’t sure how it worked or how my team would perceive me if I were to mess up one way or another. On top of this, I hadn’t played netball in such a long time and out of my entire team, I feel as though I was the least experienced. However, I told myself that if I wasn’t going to give it my all, then I might as well leave. So, throughout training and games, I wanted to do the absolute best I could to contribute to the teamwork of netball, and sometimes, it just felt good to get out there and play. Because of this, I feel as though I have accomplished learning objective 2: demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process. Throughout training and games, I always learned something new. Not once did I get out of training without new skills or information about the sport and I feel like my mindset towards netball and passion for it grew, the more I played it.

 

One of the best parts of joining a team is the friends that you make. I was the only grade 11 in my team, but I didn’t feel out of place. It was great fun being able to play with friends who had a mutual liking for netball as I did, and through my interactions with them, I managed to get out of my comfort zone and talk to new people, whom I’d never met before. Learning objective 5: demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively was another LO I feel I had fulfilled in netball. Without collaboration and communication, the team simply cannot function. It was crucial to talk to the members, both in court and out of court.

My overall goal for joining netball was simply to be able to play for a team and have fun while doing it. Yes, sometimes it was tough to always have fun because of the competitive nature, but I’m glad I was able to represent UWCSEA while playing with various other schools.

One big drawback from netball, however, was my full commitment to the activity. There were days where I prioritised schoolwork over sports or was simply too drained to go. This is the biggest aspect I wish to improve on in the future, because knowing that if I attended all sessions, the impact of netball on me would have been much bigger. In the future, it would be optimal to balance schoolwork and sports (or creativity) to ensure consistent attendance, because sometimes, it’s just better to go out and do something else besides mugging over schoolwork all the time.