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February 2, 2020

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.

October 14, 2019

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.

May 21, 2019

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

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

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

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 12, 2018

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.

October 25, 2018

Term 1 Apex Harmony Lodge Service Reflection

This is the CAS reflection for my first term of my Local Service – Apex Harmony Lodge.


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:

I have identified many of my strengths and areas of development for my service. A strength is that I can speak Mandarin. This is very helpful because many of the residents are Chinese and due to their dementia, their english is not good anymore. An area of growth is my communication skills. I need to get better at communicating with strangers. My patient is blind so I need to focus more on auditory communication and more importantly, physical communication. An interesting aspect of working in a dementia home is that every week it will be a new experience for them of meeting me. Due to them unable to remember me, it will be a first meeting with them every time. This means I will be able to know them better and get better in connecting with them faster.

Talking to people with dementia is quite a challenging process. The main challenge is changing the way you speak to them so that they can understand it. For example, your sentences cannot be very long and a lot of times you need to repeat words or phrases loudly. It is also a challenge to read the people, because their facial expressions are not very easy to understand.

My patient, Mr Kan, is a retired company employee who speaks mandarin, english, and some malay.

LO7-Recognise and consider the ethics implications of choices and​ ​actions​. Students show awareness of the consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences:

Working with people with dementia is a new experience for me. Seeing tens of people sitting together in that state, holed up in a confined space inherently not doing anything is quite shocking for me. From this I think more about how ethical it is to keep them confined here. There is no cure for dementia in the science world yet. It is a slow process of the brain rotting and the body steadily decreasing in functions. These patients are mostly abandoned here by their family due to financial or social reasons, but to me it seems like a prison.

To take away this experience, I have learned a lot about dementia as a disease and how it affects people. The scene of a lot of people on wheelchairs huddled around a tv in a room without air conditioning. It made me realize how horrible the disease actually can be. However, the workers at the lodge are all very cheerful and optimistic as a way to combat the gloominess. This is something I need to learn to do as well.

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