Kahaani Grade 12

Participating in Kahaani this year for the second time was an experience that I am very grateful for. Being my second time in the dance, I was more comfortable than last year and was able to build on skills that I learnt the year before. In addition to building on my collaboration skills, as Kahaani was an activity where I had to work with other people from the grade in an attempt to step out of my comfort zone. LO6, for example, that deals with ethics, intertwines well with Kahaani. Kahaani works with the Voice of World organisation that helps visually impaired and less fortunate children in Kolkata. In an attempt to raise awareness, funds and tell a story I was able to think about these ethical considerations whilst meeting my goal.

Kahaani 2

Kahaani has finished and I am very proud of what we were able to achieve. Towards the end of the practise sessions, we were clearly unprepared. We would have many mistakes in the practice runs in front of other Kahaani groups. I think this brought our motivation down as we all became afraid of performing in front of parents and students. I am very grateful to our supervisors as they did not give up and motivated us to practice and work harder.

Kahaani has helped me develop my communication skills. As mentioned in my other posts, I become very nervous in front of large groups of people. This prevents me from asking a question during class. During the first few weeks of Kahaani, I was very ashamed to ask questions to the dance leaders and talk to my dance partner. Kahaani helped me overcome this by pushing me to the limit.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 4 Show commitment to and perseverance in your CAS experiences

LO 5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

Creativity #1 Kahaani

 

Our dance is supervised by Malika, Shrishti and Poorvi. Within the first 3 weeks of Kahaani practice, I have noticed multiple strengths and weaknesses, and skills I would need to develop (other than my dancing skills) (LO 1, LO 2, LO 5).

• Communication- Communication for our dance is very important, not only between dancing partners but also as a large group. During training, I found it very hard (as well as many of my peers) to keep up with the steps, as we had little to no dancing experiences. Communication with our dance leaders and others helps us learn and keep up with the training whenever we are lost.  Communication also takes part whenever the dance leaders are teaching to the whole group. Since our group consists of 20+ people compared to 3 dance leaders, I often found it very hard to listen to and keep concentrated on the steps the dance leaders teach.

• Collaboration- Collaboration was really important to work efficiently as a team. Most importantly, we had needed to collaborate with our dance partners. I often found that my partner and I would not be synchronised. We need to strengthen our collaboration and communication in order to dance well.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

LO 5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

Drums

Drums is an activity I have been doing for 2+ years. All though I enjoy taking Drums lessons and learning new techniques and songs, one challenge I have been facing is how I become really nervous during performances and exams. In order to overcome this, I played in a band and performed in front of a stage. At the time I had support from my band members and was not feeling too nervous but, during exams where I am alone, I often become really nervous and cannot perform well.

LO 1 Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth

LO 2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

 

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