CAS final interview

My third and final CAS interview took place on the 31st of January 2018. With my CAS complete, I went to go meet Mr. Brown, who is my CAS mentor as well as my core teacher.

I was then asked a set of questions, separately for my Service, Creativity, and Activity. If I were to recall, most of the interview covered the Service aspect of CAS. The questions which I were asked was of wide range, from “What went well in my service projects” to more specific questions such as “What could have been better during communications with external sources?”.

Since the service aspect of my entire CAS experience was the largest compared to the other two, I had a lot to talk about. Hopefully I answered everything to my fullest extent during the interview.

We then discussed about the smart targets which I have set for my three activity goals. It was finalised that the three targets were smart, hence this makes me smart as well.

After that, the creativity aspect was overviewed, focusing on the difficulties faced during the 5 creative projects which I have taken part in.

All and all, I believe that CAS helped me learn about issues which are faced by numerous people. Since we are given privilege by our surrounding environment and family, many issues are unknown to us.  These matters which are trivial to us may threat a large risk towards others, and CAS has taught me the exact nature of this. CAS was worth the time, although it did cause some hassle during the process.

That’s all for today and probably for the rest of IB. See you later

Activity goal 3 (Checkpoints 3&Final)

So, here is my final checkpoint for my final activity goal for CAS.

Increasing my maximum by 7kg from November to January didn’t cut it, since the goal was yet to be achieved. So by February, I tried to finish this goal, which I surprisingly have. I managed to max 45kg by my third checkpoint, thus finishing my long journey.

I will be stating my current progress as my final checkpoint/blog since I’m missing one. Currently I have overachieved and passed the ‘A’ section of CAS by being able to do 65kg at maximum. Listen kids, no pain no gain.

Activity goal 3 (Checkpoints 1&2)

So, here is my final activity goal for CAS. I was really weak wasn’t I?

I started this goal in November when I was only able to shoulder press 35kg. That was my first checkpoint.

After 3 months, I was then able to do 42kg of shoulder press thanks to a change in exercise routine (more mass focused than cardio focused).

Activity goal 2 (Checkpoints 3&Final)

After my second checkpoint, I started running more often and quickly reached the time of 3 minute 55 seconds. I have completed my goal before the final checkpoint which is nice.

To give a small update and just to have something to talk about for the ‘final checkpoint’ section of this combined blog, I will tell you now that I can run it in 3 minute 50 seconds and I’m proud.

Activity goal 2 (Checkpoints1 & 2)

I’m almost 7 months late to writing this blog but that’s ok

My second activity goal which I have set to finish before the end of Year 12 term 2 was actually complete, but I have also completely forgotten to blog it.

My goal to run 1km under the time of 4 minutes 10 seconds started off rough, and I was only able to run 1km in 4 minute 25 seconds. However after some training and a few broken heart tendons, I reduced this time to 4 minute 15 seconds. This means I traded 1 tendon for 1 second.

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.