Marimba Pamberi is an activity where we create music and it is where I learnt how to play the marimbas. During each session we would learn and practice sections of the final ensemble piece. I was playing the bass sections of the song, some may say that the bass isn’t important because you can’t hear it. However, the bass is the backbone of the piece as the melody is shaped according to the chords of the bass, it is just like the structure. Towards the end of the activity season, we performed the work in front of the school, that we had been working on throughout the season. I feel happy with the results of this activity as at the start, I had no idea how to play the marimbas.
HIIT is an exercise that focuses on short bursts of high-intensity workouts. These workouts are very tough, and I have to persevere through. Over time, the more reps you do, the more the strain on your body and at times, you just want to quit. However, I know that the exercise benefits me greatly, and with everyone there doing all the exercises, I also feel like I should continue, doing the exercises with other people makes you mentally stronger. Not only that, but the idea of getting fitter made me continue showing up to HIIT week after week.
I have been playing basketball for less than a year, and since it is my last year, I decided that I wanted to try out for the team. I made the C team, however, I knew that I wasn’t that great of a player. My dribbling with my left hand wasn’t very strong as well as my layups. I decided to work on these areas of the sport by building up arm strength and practising, basic drills over and over again. Now, after some time, I can say that I feel a lot more comfortable dribbling with my left and right hand, as well as laying up from both the left and right sides. However, I still feel like I can work on my execution speed as well as the speed that I run at when dribbling.
Me in a home game
I joined the HS Cross Country team during the middle of the season. I was convinced by a friend to join in order to train for the NS IPPT 2.4 km run. Before I started Cross Country, my stamina during the 2.4 km run was really bad. I could run fast at the start, but couldn’t maintain it. This made me realise that I needed to work on managing my stamina. In Cross Country, we did a lot of endurance training and 5 km training. Over the course of the activity, I can say that my stamina has improved. I can now run 5km with only 1-2 breaks in between, this shows that I can run for longer periods of time.
I didn’t make the SEASAC team, however, hopefully I will be able to make the Track and Field SEASAC team in any of the runs, as that is what I was aiming to achieve. I am confident that my 2.4km time has improved after all the training at Cross Country.
Rock Climbing is an activity that I really enjoy as it allows me to challenge myself as well as work with my peers. In this activity, I have to collaborate with my friends, the way that I do this would be when we top-rope climb and boulder. The importance of collaboration during a top-rope climb would be that we need to constantly communicate with one another to ensure the safety of both the climber and the belayer. Not only that but the belayer can help to look for holds, grips or volumes that are available for the climber to use that he/she may not be able to see. It is similar for bouldering too, even though for bouldering, you are really near to the ground, it is still important to keep communication with your peer as he/she can help you by telling you what holds you have available as well as how you might be able to tackle an area that you are struggling with.
Collaborating with my peers made climbing a lot easier as well as enjoyable. Being able to work with your friends and challenge each other is what gives me the motivation to challenge myself on harder climbing routes. Along the way, there have been many challenges, challenges for people are different e.g the hardest one for me would be finding the stamina to continue doing different boulder climbs. Bouldering requires a lot of skill and management of your center of gravity to help you use less energy while you climb. Normally after completing 3 different routes, I can clearly feel that a lot of my energy had been drained. So something that I need to work on would be by building up stamina and managing my energy use more effectively.
Climbing certification that I got outside of school:
Some things that I am interested in would be rock climbing, RC, computing, and conflicts between different types of people e.g world leaders (Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump) or YouTubers (Clout Gang vs Team 10). Computing is something that I have always had an interest in since a young age, I think that the reason for this is because I have grown up in an age where technology is part of our daily lives. I’m also interested in learning conflicts between two types of people, the most recent conflict that I have kept up with would be the Youtube conflict between two major YouTubers, Jake Paul and Faze Banks. It was interesting to see how the audience reacted to both sides of the story, not only that but it surprised me that one side even started to lose subscribers because he had been lying to his viewers. To be honest, I am more interested in the conflict between the people, instead of how they resolved the issue.
The issue that I feel most passionate about would be the welfare of animals. I have grown up around animals my whole life, I feel like they are a part of who I am and when I see the terrible things that some people do to them, it hurts me inside. Some things that I have tried to do to help the animals would be by spreading awareness of issues. Now welfare of animals is a huge topic to spread awareness about, so I just focused on one area, poaching. I researched into animal poaching in different countries and found many shocking stories. In the end, the way that I spread awareness would be through a short film that consisted of images, statistics, and interviews with people who are deeply involved with the issue.
Some strengths that I have would be the ability to communicate and collaborate easily with others. Since young talking has been one of my strengths, I find it easy to start a conversation with anyone, but I can still improve. Even though I can talk to anyone, I still have trouble trying to talk in front of a large audience, for some reason I just get nervous and forget about what I am supposed to say.
Right now I am not doing anything that could be apart of the CAS programme. I would like to be involved with rock climbing, tech tinkers, and green fingers. The reason I want to be involved with rock climbing is that it is something that challenges me and I get to set the pace that I climb. Something that I would like to learn about is how I as a student can help the environment. The way that I can do this would be through the service that I signed up for, Green Fingers. Something that I have always wanted to try but haven’t tried yet would be airsoft and sky diving.