LO6: Mathematics in Application

One of the most interesting ideas that have emerged across the course of my time in Warhammer club is the applicability of Mathematics to a wide range of fields. In fact, the topic I wrote my Mathematics IA on was using Markov Chains to try and analyse dice rolls within the game. The interesting issue here though is how, over the course of researching for my IA, I came across many other scenarios in which Markov chains, and game theory in general, can be applied: warfare, dating, politics. There’s probably a global issue there somewhere in how Mathematics connects so many different areas together.

LO5: More Service

One of the interesting things about COVID-19 has been the way we were arguably forced to collaborate more as a service. We tended to focus mostly on working in small groups with the elderly when we were able to go to the lodge. However, with COVID we tended to work more as a group on school related awareness projects. This meant that it was quite important to try and divide up work within the group to have it completed

LO4: Service

Perseverance is a strange word to use for CAS experiences. We aren’t applying to the Special Forces. Hardly anyone is going to be pushed to their physical limits by CAS. That being said… having local service on a Monday has not been entirely easy. I happen to have Math tuition on the same day and often have a somewhat large amount of work due (usually coursework) on the Monday as well meaning that I tend to be constantly sleep deprived. I usually tend to catch up on sleep shortly after school but with both service and tuition that was difficult. One thing I’ve learned then is just how to survive without as much sleep. I no longer fall asleep sitting up during Math tuition for instance…

LO2, LO3: Local Service Closing Reflection

It’s a rather odd experience planning for something one isn’t going to engage in. As the chair of our local service, Cognitive Rehabilitation with Apex Harmony Lodge, for the past year, I was interestingly involved in preparing the new batch of students in our group for the coming year. This meant that I was planning for sessions with our local service partner, which would likely be conducted online, that I wasn’t going to be part of. My job then was to try and best prepare the group in a manner that they could hopefully apply some of the lessons we’d learned last year to the upcoming year. Which isn’t as easy as it may sound given that we hardly had any people from last year continuing over. What I did in the end was to try and share my experiences last year the best I could and choose new chairs that I thought could best handle their new role. In the future, I would think it would be better if we had more measures in place to encourage Grade 10s to carry over their local service into Grade 11

LO2: Warhammer Club- Initial Reflection

The first thing I realised upon walking into Warhammer Club is that I didn’t have any clue what on Earth was going on. Warhammer, for those who aren’t familiar is a tabletop wargame with seemingly very complicated rules. Perhaps given that I joined halfway through the Season, everyone else seemed to know what they were doing except for me. In a way then, this is a challenge of its own given that the rulebook is actually as thick as a book and it’s quite a lot of material to read through and understand. I do seem to be making some progress already though given the explanations from Iman so we will see how quickly I figure this out

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