Final – Activity goal 1

The activity goals that I have set are complete, and this blog shows the end of goal number 1.

I have manage to chest press over 60kg in the end of the cycle which was in February. Currently I can do around 68kg after continuing to exercise the goal.

Optimal Health

The optimal health group is a group of students who help the children of sekolah bisa with medical care, and dental checks.

I joined the optimal health group only as a temporary member because a member called Younghoon left school in the end of term 1 to move to a different country. My role in the group wasn’t very big. I just had to help the other main members with information gathering and sales. I believe I was a part of the group for a little over 3 months.

The last thing I had to do for the optimal health group was to come to Sekolah Bisa and record/take photos of the dental checkup which was taking place. We left during the beginning of lunch, and came back as quick as we could at the end of lunch.

Because the Dental and health checks only last a few days, and the preparation takes a few weeks, and I joined in the middle of the preparation, I didn’t go as deep as the other starting members. However, I did gather all the needed information, and of course I understand the project as well as the others now. Optimal Health ended this year as a success, and the 2 leaders are hopeful to find new interested members for next year.

Optimal health tackles LO7: I recognise ethical issues, I act ethically, and LO3: I plan and initiate the most, because I believe that taking care of students from another school cannot be done without understanding their perspectives and ethical issues if a problem occurs. 

Student Council as a service(?)

As a member of the student council executive, I have taken part in various school activities which were either setup by the student council, or asked by other groups to help out for a certain cause. Frankly, if i wasn’t a member of the student council, my CAS record sheet would have looked a lot more emptier. However, of course that wasn’t the reason why I chose to apply for the membership.

I initially sent in my applicant form which talked about student teacher relationship and the problems of miscommunication within any members of the school, not particular to just students and teachers. When the 8 members of the student council executive held our first meeting back in August, we talked about each and every one of our applications and the goals that we intend to achieve. After it has been discussed, it was put into a singular problem of ‘transparency’. We believed that the school was not transparent enough towards the students and teachers, which led to loss of trust miscommunication, and lack of information. That did not mean that the school was at fault, but had too many regulations currently placed. Over the span of 10 months, we have been slowly progressing through the issue while working on other short term projects and problems such as Movember. I personally believe that the transparency of the school has improved at least slightly, and we intend to dig further into the problem until December of 2017.

The whole problem of ‘transparency’ is only a peek of what we have, and are going to accomplish.

Other than major long term issues such as that, we have produced many events and helped with various causes. I believe our first fund raiser was in November, and it was for the Mary’s Cancer Kiddies charity. We raised a total amount of 22million rupiah in just over a week, and handed the funds over in late term 2. Another fund raiser was for the girl effect, which involved us running around school selling chocolates and roses during valentines. That was definitely a hectic week due to the emotional struggles of those who did receive roses but wasn’t sure from who, and the emotional struggles of those who did not receive anything from anyone. We also helped with minor projects such as the Christmas decoration, Halloween event, and international week. For the minor events, everyone from the student council including social and welfare committees helped out.

The only problem which I see from being a member of the student council isn’t the busy schedule or the more than weekly meetings we hold during breaks or after school, but the complaints and the questions we get as the student council. We’re often asked “What do you guys actually do?” which sometimes can grind our gear. So here I am, explaining in a blog that not everything we do can be disclosed to the student body immediately. Also, the actions we take and the meetings we have with board of governors etc are rather boring to the public compared to the events the house leaders hold.

“We work in the shadows to serve the light” 

I believe that being in the student council helps me develop all 7 CAS LOs, but if I were to pick, it would be LO4: I show commitment, I persevere, and LO5: I demonstrate collaborative skills, I recognise the benefits of collaboration. The things the student council does cannot be carried out by a single member, but only possible if we all take part and do our jobs. The student council this year was the best so far in my opinion because we really succeeded in these aspects throughout the whole of the year. If I had the chance, I would 100% work with them again.

Ice-cream sales

Its always a great idea to have an ice-cream sale at school. Not only its popular among students, it’s also a very good fund raiser. Closing in on our fund goal for the project Indonesia Unfolded: Sinarmatanya, we tried to reduce that margin a bit more.

We have done 2 ice-cream sales in total in the span of 3 months, and have gained a large profit from it. We have had 1 sale in the secondary area in front of the sports hall, and another one in the primary year 3/4 area. By hiring and contracting with Baskin Robbins, we managed to get their ice-cream  and sell it at school with 25% off its normal price.

The sale itself was a huge success, and many of our customers donated their spare change after purchasing the ice-cream as well. Thanks to that, we made our project more well known.

In all honesty, the sales could have been better if there was a proper system because the area in front of the sales always seems to become incredibly crowded, blocking paths for others to pass.

Conclusively, I believe that this fits LO 6 and 7 because fund raising for our project engages with global significance (JFF eye clinic), and the ethical issues behind the project.

TOK presentation reflection

My presentation went better than what I initially expected. I wasn’t very confident in TOK because I didn’t understand callido and the TOK books very well. However, my results came out great, and I suppose I don’t have to redo it unless the TOK essay comes out horribly.

During the last presentation, I have learned that I needed to include more TOK concepts and language in my presentation, as well as mentioning the reasons behind the claims and the counter claims. I have also read off the notes too much during the practise presentation, so I tried my best not to read a lot this time. I have also tried to link the claims and the counter claims back to the central Knowledge questions and the Real life situation which I have chosen to use. However I felt as if I repeated too many points and could have done better if I mentioned more about personal and shared knowledge.

CAS interview 2

A week before the exams I met with my CAS mentor , Mr Edwards. We talked about the current progress of my CAS tracker and the parts that I have filled in and yet to fill in. The meeting only lasted a short-while because Mr Edwards has looked at my tracker before the meeting.

This year I have almost completed all Creativity, Activity, and Service. The only thing remaining to do is to finish writing my blog posts, which I plan to finish by the end of summer holidays this year.

We talked mostly about how I achieved the LOs in CAS and which ones I felt as though I haven’t fully achieved. To be honest, I feel as though that I could have improved my progress through CAS but I enjoyed sitting down and discussing my achievements. I realised that I have done a lot this year, but I could have done a few things better and that we should all try harder not to miss out on such amazing opportunities to help out people in need.

Activity goal 1 – Final CP

This is a late blog, as it has been a while since the first 15 week cycle after setting my first activity goal. This is also a short blog, as I wish to quickly state the conclusion of the 15 week cycle.

As seen below, all 3 of my goals have been reached, however this blog will only focus on the first goal “Max weight chest press at 60kg at end of 15 week cycle” as the other two are yet to have their CP1 blog.

After 3 and half months of training for my goal to reach 60kg at max, I finally reached it near the end of February. There was a big jump of weights between November 2016 and January 2017, as I never tried to chest press above 48kg before setting the goal. The growth seemed exponential, however at the end of CP2, it was very hard to improve that final 3kg for some reason. It may be because I haven’t been training the parts which I’m supposed to be but at the same time, it was very hard to make time to train. The 3kg gap seems weird as machines usually do not increase their weights by 3kg, however this is only because when measuring the 2 CPs, I used different chest press machines in different gyms.

Awkwardly enough, after reaching 60kg, I moved my focus towards running 1km under 4:10 minutes so as of now (March 2017) I wasn’t able to do 60kg at maximum until this week, where I managed to (again) reach 60kg for the second time.

CHECKPOINT/DATE Max weight chest press Max weight shoulder press Running 1km under 4:10
1 (November 2016)  48kg 35kg (Jan) 4:25
2 (January 2017)  57kg 42kg (Feb) 4:15
3 (February 2017)  60kg 45kg (Mar) 3:55

 

TOK presentation reflection

My first TOK presentation turned out OK, not too great but not bad. I was partnered up with Lily, and our Knowledge Question was: To what extent does shared knowledge affect one’s decisions?

From what I believe, one of the parts that went well for us was the RLS itself. The RLS gave us a lot to talk about, and many points to develop from. Due to this, we were descriptively explaining every slide we had, and went in depth for each claim and its counter claim. We also linked back to the RLS in the conclusion, which is probably better than not linking to the RLS at all.

However as this was our first TOK presentations, there were a number of flaws and points we’d like to improve for the next presentation. We didn’t link the questions that we brainstormed, and failed to explain how we reached to the KQ which we decided to use. We also didn’t use a large variety of TOK language so that’s something to think of next time we do the actual presentation. Since we had 2 AOKs and 2 WOKs, it was hard to link the two together for comparison, or to link it back to the KQ. From all this, the main issue was linking back to the Knowledge question so that’s the biggest point to develop next time.

CAS reflection 3

This blog post will see the progress of my CAS so far.

1. I identify my strengths, I identify areas for growth

Even though I find no problem communicating with most people, I have never seemed to like the idea of being in a crowded area selling anything in general. CAS requires a service, and the service usually has a fund raiser since it is the best way to raise money for a cause. Due to this, many of my CAS projects included some sort of sale at school, such as the ice-cream sale for Round Square: Indonesia Unfolded, bake sale for Optimal health, or Valentines, and Movember for the Student Council. From these events, I figured out that my area of growth was related to getting familiar with environments which I’m not used to.

2. I undertake new challenges, I undertake new skills

This LO mainly links to Round Square and the project which I am doing along with Chiara and Sam. For the first time of my life, I was assigned with business letters and proposals. This was to contact companies that could be interested in the JFF and somehow convince them to help our cause. The format of the letter had to be formal and professional as it was an official document sent off. The letter was around a page long only, but for this single page I had to spent ages looking for drafts and examples to make it look as professional as possible. In the end, the letter wasn’t perfect but it was a new skill that I had learned through this assignment.

3. I plan and initiate

As a member of the executive student council, and somehow a member of the Round Square leadership team, I can say that LO3 has been my strongest point. Since both of these groups are leading a committee within school, almost all planning went through the group if there was an event or change taking place.

4. I show commitment, I persevere

For LO4, I’d like to talk about my activity and the goals which I’m supposed to reach by the end of its cycle. The goals I have set are ‘Chest Press 60kg max (1rep) by the end of the 15 week cycle’ and ‘Run 1k under 4min 10sec by the end of term 2’. The first goal was set around November, and have been reached a month back however I’m not sure if i can still say I’ve reached it because I can no longer reach 60kg at maximum. So I have reached it, however have not reached it at the same time. The second goal was set around January, also as a target for Gold International award. So far I haven’t made any blogposts about it, but have actually reached the goal. Unlike the other goal, I can still manage to do this.

5. I demonstrate collaborative skills, I recognize the benefits of collaboration

During my very first Creativity project, I worked with Michael to create 2 workshops for year 7 and year 12. With collaboration, we managed to smooth sail through both of them. We took charge of 1 workshop each so less time would be consumed to make the presentations. Working together with someone and being able to rely on them really helps reduce the time taken for the work.

6. engage with issues of global significance

I think this is the hardest CAS LO any groups can face. This is because even if the project is to help someone less fortunate than us, most of the time it is in a local area, near BSJ. Hence it is difficult to claim it as a global issue.

With Round Square, we had to undertake a project which showed internationalism, and therefore created Indonesia Unfolded. We wish to make Indonesia Unfolded a compulsory project for each generation’s BSJ Round Square leaders. Currently in Indonesia Unfolded, we work with the John Fawcett Foundation, a foundation that help patients with eye cataract who cannot afford an operation. I believe that we engage with issues of global significance, as we raise awareness and show statistics of both Indonesia and the world’s blindness rate. Furthermore, the JFF is located in Bali, and extends to almost all parts of Indonesia.

7. I recognize ethical issues, I act ethically

Once again, this LO reflects mainly to Indonesia Unfolded: Sinarmatanya. When Chiara, Sam, and I went to Bali to meet with John Fawcett and his team, we had to respect the regulations of the foundation, and also the patients’s personal consent to interview and document. This LO is hard to recognize, since most of my projects do not tackle behavioural problems.