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February 2, 2020
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Term 2 G12 Tabitha Reflection

LO2- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

In this term, we undertook the challenge of promoting our Global Concern at Burns Night to raise money for the foundation. We also met up with the founder of the organization and discussed their efforts and our plans to help them. By undertaking new challenges I learned skills of organization of larger events. However, the event didn’t go through in the end due to external factors that we couldn’t control.

LO7-Recognise and consider the ethics implications of choices and actions.

We had a discussion with the founder of Tabitha regarding the ethical implications of our silk sales in terms of protecting the environment. One problem we identified was the overuse of plastic with the wrappings of the products in transportation. However, it is difficult to make this change, but we will consider other impacts in the future.

February 2, 2020
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Term 2 G12 Jazz Band

For Term 2 of Jazz Band, I performed in the Wavelength concert yet again.

LO1-Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth

I have identified my strengths and areas for growth within the band and as a whole. Supporting the weaker parts and reinforcing the stronger parts is something I still need to work towards within the band. Furthermore, leadership within the saxophones is something I need to work on too.

LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

Another objective in Term 2 is having a new type of end of year performance at Esplanade that hasn’t been done by this group before. This experience in a professional environment will drive me to practice more and plan for a bigger concert in a more serious environment.

October 14, 2019
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Term 1 G12 Jazz Band

As for my creativities, I joined the Jazz Band again as the first tenor.

LO2- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

The new piece played in the jazz band was quite hard compared to the pieces in the year before. I developed my skills in jazz playing and score reading.

LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively

Working with new members in the Jazz band also has proven to be a challenge. As members have left and new members have joined, we now have a disproportionate group of clarinets and flutes, usually not present in Jazz bands. This means that I have to accommodate with the new players. 

October 14, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 1 G12 Tabitha Reflection

This year, I joined again in the Tabitha GC.

LO4-Show commitment and perseverance in CAS experiences

I have done this CAS experience for 3 years already, and I intend to do a 4th year. This shows my commitment to the cause.

LO6-Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.

This year, we deal more with fund raising, including planning for a donation drive at a parents’ dinner.

October 14, 2019
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Project Week Post-reflection

Project week was something that I felt fulfilled all 7 learning outcomes in CAS.

LO1-Identify their own strengths and develop areas for growth.

I identified many of my strengths and weaknesses living in the jungle for a week. My strength lies in organizing, working, and collaboration while my weaknesses lies in communication, especially with people who don’t understand my language.

LO2- Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

Going outside of the country for a whole week without supervision was a huge challenge. The challenges of costs in unexpected areas, unexpected events, and even the procedures to take care of oneself were undertaken. Immersing myself in the jungle with no technology and no electricity was another challenge.

LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

The planning for project week lasted over months. The details where I discussed my development was written in another blogpost.

LO4-Show commitment and perseverance in CAS experiences. Students can articulate the stages from conceiving an idea to executing a plan for a CAS experience or series of CAS experiences.

I showed commitment by carrying out the plan we had. Actually doing physical labor in the hot sun was very tiring and pushed me to my physical limits. Living without any electricity and access to the outer world pushed me out of my comfort zone.

LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively

Obviously, the project week was a team effort. Without the help of my teammates, the trip wouldn’t be as successful. I also contributed my part in the group, communicating with organizations and planning for activities.

LO6-Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

The issues we dealt with in deforestation of Borneo rainforest is a significant issue in our world. We engaged with this issue by learning about the movements done to help combat this.

 

 

May 24, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Project Week Initial Reflection

For project week, I am going to TRCRC, an organization based in Malaysia aiming to restore the rainforest that has been damaged throughout the years in Borneo and other locations. The location I am travelling to is Merisuli Sabah, one of its locations in Borneo.

The learning outcomes I aim to achieve on this trip are LO6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance. LO3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience. and LO2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

LO3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

My trip is significant to me as it ties in closely with the school expedition I chose to go on in Grade 9 to Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo. The location of Merisuli and the field centre is very close, and the climate and environment is very much similar. However, the main difference between these organizations is that TRCRC focuses on rainforest restoration (ie. tree planting and nursing) while Danau Girang focuses on protecting wildlife living in the rainforest. Through hands on investigation of all the aspects of the Borneo rainforest, I will have a more in depth understanding of the aspects of rainforest conservation and restoration. I am also able to bring knowledge from before to here. Another difference in this CAS experience is that the communication and planning had to be done by us, instead of the teachers. By doing research by myself, I demonstrated how I initiate and plan this CAS experience.

LO6 Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance

Rainforest restoration is an issue of global significance. By learning how organizations in South East Asia operate to accomplish this goal, I can potentially apply this knowledge to other locations in the world that suffers from loss of habitat in rainforests.

LO2 Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process.

Planning a trip on our own is a very challenging process. We have to take into account everything from food to transportation. And all the details must be planned carefully to achieve the maximum potential of this trip.

May 21, 2019
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Term 3 Jazz Combo Reflection

For term 3 we prepared in Jazz Combo to perform during graduation night.

LO5 Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively.

In this term, I continued to develop my strength in soloing as well as playing with different people in different bands. Working with people I never worked before with improved my collaboration skills.

May 21, 2019
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Term 3 Apex Harmony Lodge Reflection

In term 3 of apex harmony lodge, we worked on portfolios that improved out learning of working with the residents as well as going to visit the residents themselves.

Leaning Outcome 3 Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

I demonstrated this learning outcome by showing my understanding of this service in my writing of portfolio posts and how I will take this experience further. I also demonstrated my understanding of my the things I do in my service and how this helps the residents as well as the community.

LO 1 Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth.

To write these, our service split into two groups working on different projects. I worked on doing more background research on Apex as well as using music to alleviate symptoms of dementia. I identified my strengths in doing research with reliable sources from research papers as well as formulating it into a write up that can be available for everyone.

May 4, 2019
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Term 3 Jazz Band

In term 3 the main focus of the Jazz Band was to prepare for our concert, From All Corners. We learned the pieces Flute Salad and Nice Work If You Can Get It.

LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively.

In Nice Work if You can Get It, there was a vocal feature of one of the music students. Playing a piece with a vocal feature is different from playing normally as the human voice is much quieter than the volume of instruments playing in the band. Controlling dynamics by collaboration was a skill that I had to further develop to make the performance successful.

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