SGM Murni- Midway- Learning Outcome 5

Halfway through SGM Murni and what a journey it has been. Learning outcome 5 is the new objective I feel I have accomplished over the course of these 7 months and have noticed the importance of being “able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences.” My collaboration with the chair of the Service, Molly, was one that not only required physical exercise to coach the children, but also required communication skills to interact with the two parties involved with the service during SWOT analysis. Molly and I had to identify the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of our leadership in the service as well as gain insight from the Teachers of SGM Murni on where we could improve for the coming years.

Additionally, when working with younger children I noticed how it was extremely challenging to keep them calm and relaxed. A lot of the times they would run around and cause havoc, causing us as coaches to question the safety for the children. Therefore, through “parent” like discussions, I would have to explain to them the concept of patience and safety to ensure that they could have the most fun in a safe environment. Therefore, it is through my guidance I noticed how the children, especially Shaquielle, responded with positivity and calm nature. This in turn allowed for the coach to student relationship to improve. It was a heart warming feeling when Shaquielle ran up to me and hugged, wanting to be with me for the whole session, which suggests how the relationship between the students has improved to a great extent due to our collaboration. Below is an image of a part of the group collaborative document where we planned activities to ensure physical skill development.

As we approach the last few weeks of service, I want to make sure I can build a strong bond with all, if not most of the children through my “parental” guidance and collaboration skills alongside my fellow coaches.

Rugby U19A 2018/2019 (midway)

To be part of our school’s sport team and challenge for more silverware is a fantastic feeling and I am glad to be part of the u19A Rugby boys team. We had a really successful first tournament at our home field, winning all the matches including the final. Something I took away from the first tournament was how the coach would make the team feel like family. Prior to the final, the team was nervous however the energy and the vibe that my coach brought to the team was one that embodied a father-like figure. What hit me the most was when Coach said “One, two, three, Family” just before we all sprint onto the pitch. The noun “family” meant so much more than “team”. From my perspective, the moment coach said “family”, the team knew that we had to fight for each other and win the final. This caused me to ponder upon my experience in the football team, and question whether our team spirit could have been even more stronger if we were a “family”, rather than teammates. The idea of being “Family” on the pitch meant that I was playing alongside my brothers. The hype, the energy, the will, the motivation is what drove us during the tournament. Thankfully, the outcome was a successful win which in turn meant that we won the tournament.

Unfortunately, I fractured my metacarpal during the first game of the tournament, and unknowingly played the rest of the tournament. I was lucky that the fracture was not severe and that it healed over 4 weeks. I knew that it was essential for me to still keep up my fitness, attend training sessions to understand the tactics and improve upon my tackling technique. Therefore, I demonstrated learning outcome 4 as I demonstrated regular involvement and active engagement in the activity. I had contribute to the team by being a player my teammates can rely on, thus attending the training sessions, even though I couldn’t physically participate, was crucial to help me adjust back into the team quickly once my injury healed. It was through this time period where I learnt the skill of perseverance and adjustment. Adjustment comes in the forms of working my way around of keeping fit, and learning strategies/tactics during training while recovering from the injury. In addition, since it was my first time playing rugby in over 2 years, it took time for me to get back to my full fitness, therefore going to trainings and re-learning the basics was key for my personal success.

Then there was another major tournament, the Marlborough College Straits Tournament in Malaysia. I was fortunate to be selected in the squad that travelled to Johor. In order to reach the final, we had to top our group which meant beating rivals such as Tanglin and Dover. And, once again, due to our fantastic spirit and determination we reached the finals of the tournament. Unfortunately the finals got called off due to Lightning. I was very happy with my performance, and it was an amazing opportunity for me to see the quality of the team on and off the pitch.

Try vs Dover MCM tournament-2kh2q7s


2018年11月24日    星期六 8:42



我参加的活动叫SGM Murni,我和九个同学组织大概十二名三到四岁的小朋友一起做体操、玩游戏。参加这个活动是因为我喜欢体育运动,也喜欢跟小朋友一起玩儿。





Football u19A (End)

After 9 weeks of hard-work, passion and dedication, the football 18/19 season has come to an end. I am proud to have played alongside fantastic young boys who showed commitment and resilience throughout the whole of this season, being examples on and off the pitch. It was unfortunate that we drew against SAIS which in turn saw us finish second as SAS won the ACSIS title by 1 point, moreover the boys are absolutely gutted by our poor performance in SEASAC, finishing fifth. From my perspective, this was a huge setback for the team after being unbeaten for over 15 games.

Yes, we finished 5th, but what I am so proud of is how we bounced back from a painful defeat in the quarter-final. To lose to golden goal in extra timeis quite possibly the worst feeling because you know that your so close to winning, yet you are so far as one small mistake can cause the dream to collapse. Unfortunately for us, we lost 3-2 to BPS which crushed every single one of us. I have never seen our boys cry. This impacted me. The tears streaming down all our faces demonstrated how much the team means to us. To send off the Seniors who contributed so much for our team to a 5th place result was depressing. However, we all have left with some positives, beginning with the brotherly bond established by the shear passion and positive energy that each and everyone of us has.  The trust in each other was ever-so present on the pitch and especially during the team huddle. Chanting “Dragons” still gives me the goosebumps. Moreover, on a personal note, I felt mentally and physically fit which in turn saw me score 7 goals this season. Although being a defender, because of the faith I have in our team, I was able to attack more, contributing key goals for the team, thus highlighting #LO5 as I had to collaborate well with my teammates. More importantly, I think the biggest take away from this season is about keeping to the right mentality. I think prior to SEASAC we were over-confident and we too relaxed due to our unbeaten streak. It is important to keep the right mentality, one that is focused, non-judgemental and down to earth. I believe if we were more mature, the outcome of SEASAC could have been a lot more different. This is demonstrative of #LO7 because we should have shown awareness to our mentality and changed it by being more humble. While we ended on a sad note, I will never forget the relationship that I have formed with the players, these memories will never be forgotten.

Also, a big shout-out to the coaches Max and Gavin for motivating and pushing us to become better people, let alone better footballers.

Max is currently in Bangkok coaching: I would like to thank him personally for being my backbone throughout the course of this season. I thank him for motivating, loving and caring for me. I am truly blessed to have been coached by him. I hope to see him soon.





AIDA (Beginning)

AIDA, our school’s 2018/19 Music Production, is something that I was really excited to be part of. Having always performed classical pieces as a solo or a duet, I figured that it would be a good and new challenge to learn to perform as a part of a larger band while also expanding my musical knowledge into the the “Rock” genre. The beginning was quite challenging as I had to understand how to read a new form of music, while also learning to play chords on beat. The fast tempo of learning also made it quite hard for me to adapt because, as a classical musician, it takes me around a year to perfect 3 songs, therefore having to learn 3 songs in one rehearsal was tough. The whole beginning phase sums of LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process, as I have developed the new skill of working in a band, playing Rock music and speeding up my ability to learn. I find it the most confusing to keep to the rhythm and play the melody lines as fast as they are meant to be played, which sometimes causes the band to stop playing as I had made a lot of mistakes. However, thanks to the characteristics of Rock music, it allowed us for flexibility within the pieces. I originally expected that we had to follow the score, similar to classical music, however, that was not the case as improvisation and adjustments are key to the genre of Rock music. I think hat in the next few weeks with a few more whole band rehearsals, the puzzles will start to fit together will really start to live up to its name. This interesting process will carry on and I cant wait to hear the end product.

Football (Midway)

Football 2018 (Mid-season review)
Learning Outcomes
– Resilience
– Communicator

Having played in two tournaments and 6 ACSIS league games, I am so proud of the boys. Playing with flair, playing for the badge on our shirt is always a great feeling. Mid way through the season and only 3 weeks away from the most important tournament, SEASAC, I figured today would be a good day to spend some time and reflect upon this fantastic 2 month journey. First of all, I am extremely proud of the boys who helped our school win the Stamford Lions tournament, the Dragons Friendship tournament, 4 ACSIS games and draw 2, our unbeaten season carries on into the final 2 weeks of the season! From a personal perspective, I would say that I demonstrated resilience and communicative skills throughout the season through guiding the u19 defensive debutants through verbal and physical demonstration. In terms of resilience, when coming up against opponents that I know are good, I had to overcome the idea of anxiety and nervousness (sports psychology topic) which usually prohibits me from playing to my full potential. Therefore, by getting motivated by my Coaches and teammates I managed to install a sense of confidence and belief inside of me. If I had to be critical about my performances so far, I would say that I still need to give a more consistent 100% effort display whereby after each game I come out exhausted, having given my best in the match. In order to achieve this I need to be more confident in my abilities and push myself more in fitness training and football training. These 2-3 months are representative of LO1, which states that “Identifying own strengths and develop areas for personal growth”. I have seen a lot of growth in my confidence but I am also aware to not be overconfident. In addition, I have also seen positives in my footballing skills, scoring 3 goals so far this season, more than last year, which only motivates me to strive for more and help Dragons do well in this years’ SEASAC tournament. In order to improve I have made the most out of my October break by going to the gym and running 4km almost everyday with the hopes of reaching peak fitness before SEASAC. I look forward to our last league game of the season, Friday Night Lights and SEASAC.

My goal against Dover


SGM Murni CAS reflection #1

With 6 weeks done of SGM Murni, I am quite surprised with how things are going quite smooth. Being a sports enthusiast, SGM Murni is a way for me to connect my service learning with my sport interest. Although gymnastics is not a sport that I have a lot of knowledge on, it is an amazing opportunity for me to work with low-income background children and provide them the happiness that they may lack in a challenging society. I think this service reaches out to me because I believe that these children deserve the opportunity to cherish their childhood. Knowing that they come from low income backgrounds, these children live economically and sometimes even socially restricted lives. When in this service, these children can indulge in a sense of freedom participating in lively activities. This service allows the children to stick to their young roots and have fun So far, we have made essential agreements, visited the school and have had a couple of lessons in the gymnasium to not only understand our clients but also dwell deep into the concepts of gymnastics. These first 6 weeks have primarily focused on LO3: Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience​. The demonstration aspect was presented through our discussion on essential agreements and SMART goals. These helped us, as a group, understand our end goal of the service while also learning to communicate with peers to perform gymnastics.