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May 4, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 3 Tabitha Reflection

In term 3 of Tabitha GC, we planned and executed events for Aida and the Family Festival. For Aida we sold baked products before the show and during the intermission. For the family festival, we raised money by selling swimsuits donated by a parent owned company.

LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience.

The planning of these projects take a long time. I participated in planning the sales, communicating with the organizers. Our project week planning required research in the service partners as well as activities we would do there.

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

At the Aida sale, I served many roles in preparing and selling. During the intermission as many people were coming to buy, I took on the organizing role and formed a system where the customers takes order at one session and then pay at the end of the line. This method sped up the process a lot and we were able to make a lot more money.

LO6-Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.

For the family festival, we raised money for women and children in Cambodia. The money we made directly went to their house building funds, providing them with housing and shelter. We also learned about the Khmer Rouge and the effects of their regime on the people of Cambodia.

May 3, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 2 Jazz Combo

In Jazz Combo I continued to hone my skills in improvising and playing in small groups by playing new pieces. I learned a new piece “Just the Two of Us” and being able to solo on it.

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

With continuing in this service, I identified that I have strengths in following the sheet music and playing together with my small group. Something I need to work on is the different scales from the sheet music for soloing. As I haven’t learned music theory before, it is difficult for me to identify the right scale to follow in my solo.

May 3, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 2 U19 Basketball B team

To show how my skills in basketball developed through the pre-season basketball last term, I tried out for the school team. I made the B team.

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

I attended every practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in order to develop my skills in basketball. I used the skills I developed in games with other schools. Practice was tough, often with a lot of stamina training, but I pushed myself to do everything the coach asked me to do. Unfortunately, we didn’t win in the league, but next year I will improve and play better.

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

As basketball is a team sport, working with your teammates is very important. On our team, I knew some players but others were strangers. It took time to get used to playing with everyone as a team, but we proved to be most successful when we played together.

May 3, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 2 Apex Harmony Lodge

In term 2 we continued our service at the Apex Harmony Lodge. I deepened my relationship with my resident, and I got to know him better personally as well as his music tastes.

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

Along with how I developed my relationship with him, I developed my skills in communication too. Learning what to say, how to treat him, especially when he is frustrated or angry is something that was hard for me in the beginning. There are many factors to their mood. Dementia causes him to think about things such as stress from work, problems with money and healthcare among many other things. As during this period of time, the lodge is undergoing heavy construction. Calming the resident with music and talking to them helps them to relax more.

 

LO4-Show commitment to 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.

This service is something I am very committed to. I am committed to this service because it has a direct impact on the residents in Apex Harmony Lodge. If I don’t show up, they will be the ones who suffer. Because I signed up for this service, it is my obligation to carry this towards the end and not let others suffer from the consequences of my actions.

May 3, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 2 Jazz Band Reflection

In term 2 we performed our 3 prepared songs on stage at the Wavelength concert. The songs included Birdland, Little Darlin, and a self written piece by a student in the music department. These pieces require different techniques to play, as they are very different in tone and rhythm.

Learning outcome 2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

Shifting from a high intensity piece, that of Birdland, to a soft and slow piece is a challenging feat. A high amount of control and precision is needed to make the transition and stay within the boundaries. The slower piece is further challenging because of the techniques I need to know to play the piece properly. As I mostly play through the whole piece, keeping up breath with long notes can prove to be challenging. Not rushing, even through fatigue also proved quite challenging. But thanks to the preparation I had in previous rehearsals, I was very well prepared for this concert.

 

May 3, 2019
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Term 2 Tabitha Reflection

In term 2, the major objective of the Tabitha GC was to plan and raise money for the project week trip. We participated in two major events to raise money: Royal Hunt of the Sun theatrical play and Wavelengths concert.

 

LO4 (Commitment) – I showed commitment in the wavelengths concert as even though I was performing, I helped out selling goods during the intermission as well as helping to clean up after the concert. I also participated in the selling for a whole session in the sale for Royal Hunt of the Sun. I commitment has been shown to increase the sales and help towards the cause we are working towards.

LO3-Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience

By organising large events as such for a significant cause, I developed skills in leadership, planning, and preparing in advance.

November 14, 2018
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Jazz Combo Term 1 Reflection

Jazz Combo is another activity I am doing for my creativity.  One big challenge I have to face in this creativity is doing improvised solos in front of the class.

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

It is quite nerve-wracking to perform in front of a whole group of people and it is definitely something I need to work more towards.

November 12, 2018
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Pre-Season Basketball Term 1 CAS Reflection

To improve my skills in basketball so I can play for the school, I joined U19 pre-season basketball. We had practice every Tuesday morning from 6:30 and Thursday afternoon at 6:00. Practice is very tough but it improved my fitness and basketball skills.

LO1-Identify their own strengths​ ​and develop areas for growth​. Students are able to see themselves as individuals with various abilities and skills, of which some are more developed than others.

My main strength is defense. These strengths benefit my team in stopping the other team from scoring. Something I need to improve more on is shooting, especially three point shots. By getting better at shooting I will be able to help my teammates score more. Throughout this season I have improved on my dribbling and driving skills.

November 12, 2018
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Tabitha GC Term 1 CAS Reflection

I am continuing my work in the Tabitha Global Concern this year. I have been in this GC for 2 years and I plan to continue this for the next two years.

LO4-Show commitment to 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 have shown resilience and commitment in this GC by being part of it for 2 years and continuing it. I participated in the planning and execution of every event held by this GC: Walk for Water, Family Festival, Nails for Nokor, etc. My commitment in this GC has impacted a lot on the success of the GC. Tabitha is quite small compared to other GCs in this school and my commitment made a noticeable impact on the speed and efficiency things ran. I helped by doing marketing, direct selling, planning posters, and many other things that helped.

November 12, 2018
by yin72257@gapps.uwcsea.edu.sg
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Jazz Band Term 1 CAS Reflection

This is my second year in Jazz Band. I play the Tenor Sax 1 role within the band.

LO5-Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively​.
Students are able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of
collaboration gained through CAS experiences.

Being in the second year of this band, I understand already the need to collaborate. In a musical piece, there are lines where many people play similar things, lines where many people play different things, and lines where only some people play. To achieve a good sound of unity, there must be collaboration between the sectionals as well as the whole band. My conductor said the band will sound like a “school band” when everyone plays their own part. Even if everyone plays their part correctly, it will still sound bad compared to a band playing together with a few wrong notes. To accomplish this, using your ears to listen to people playing your part or people providing contrast and adapting accordingly is the best way.

We have worked on many pieces in the first season, now we are starting to prepare these pieces for the December Wavelength concert. I am excited to show our results in the future.

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