Round Square, the change is here

So it has been quite a while since we (Sam, Chiara, and I) have proposed this idea as a CAS service/creativity. Starting from the end of last year, we have been planning thoroughly of what we can do to implement the 6 IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, Service) of Round Square to our very own school, BSJ. Basically the 6 IDEALS are the counteract to the 6 declines that Kurt Hahn believed occurred in modern youth. Kurt Hahn is the inspiration and creator of Round Square, Outward Bound, and the Duke of Edinburgh, which we are very familiar with.

Our first steps were to gather members for the committee newly starting this year. The members were chosen from year 10 to year 12, as it was believed that they could contribute the most. Having weekly meetings, we explain how the Round Square works, and how to spread the ideals around the school. We have asked the committee members to take a look around school and take photos of what is believed to be one of the 6 ideals. These can be activities at school such as MUN, Student Council, International Award,  House Leaders, Eco Committee, and any CAS service projects.

As we have thought about doing a long term project for a while to implement Internationalism, Democracy, and Service, we decided that it was best to help an organization called the John Fawcett Foundation.All of the patients in the JFF do not have the wealth to pay for a surgery in a private hospital. The JFF is based in Bali, and helps those with an eye cataract by providing free surgery and care.

Recently, they have faced problems of mobility, as they cannot reach parts of Indonesia due to the area being very isolated or in extreme terrains. We are planning various fund raisers to help their cause, and hopefully boost their solution.

To build up upon our initial ideas, Chiara, Sam and I visited the JFF headquarters in Bali to witness firsthand how their program works. With approval, we interviewed John Fawcett himself, Dr Wayang, and the patients to gain a greater view on their cause and their perspectives. I won’t explain too much on this, because we’ll make a short video about this very soon.

We wish to raise $8000 by the end of this academic year, and to do this, we need everyone’s help to spread our project around school. We will be holding many assemblies for each year groups, so look forward to those.

In conclusion, we’ll spend a lot of time doing this.

To be honest, all the CAS LOs apply to this project. But if I had to pick out the 2 which is the most important, it would be LO6 and LO7 because not all CAS projects deal with global issues and ethical issues, and I believe that’s what makes us unique compared to all other services.

Indonesia Unfolded: Sinarmatanya (LOGO)

After finally getting green light for the project we originally planned in the beginning of last November, we made a timeline of what should be achieved first and last. The very first was to create a name and a logo for the project, so that we can advertise this whenever we were going to hold an event or ask for proposals.

As the First Round Square committee leaders, we felt obligated to do the best we can to implement the 6 IDEALS through a long term project. And due to that, we may have spent an excessive amount of time to perfect the logos (LO3).

The reason why I said logoS and not logo was because we decided to have 2 logos instead of one. 1 for the project (Indonesia Unfolded: Sinarmatanya), and 1 for the Group (Indonesia Unfolded).

To be fair, I’m not all great at designing or even using the designing softwares to begin with. This was a real challenge for me because of that (LO2). I struggled for a few hours just generating ideas of what the logos should look like, and in that time I wasted because I was inefficient could have been used for a better cause. However, it has to start somewhere right?

Indonesia Unfolded
Indonesia Unfolded: Sinarmatanya

Activity Checkpoint 2

Checkpoint 2 of the activity blog:

It has been quite a while since by last blog about the activity goal at school. My goal was to be able to chest press 60kg maximum at 1 rep.

It wasn’t possible for me to train all chest during the school PE lessons. Furthermore, there were some hindrances during the 15 weeks cycle which i have proposed at first. Due to this, I decided to train at home at the apartment gym.

I have decided to remove deadweight from my goals, as I cannot train for it away from the school gym. Training at the apartment gym, I could only use the bench press to train for chest press, as the gym does not have a chest press machine. I have managed to chest press 9kg more and shoulder press 7kg more.

 

CHECKPOINT/DATE Max weight chest press Max weight shoulder press
1 (November 2016)  48kg  35kg
2 (January 2016)  57kg  42kg
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Christmas at Cafeteria

Back in November, the student council was assigned the task to decorate the cafeteria for the upcoming Christmas Holiday. We were quiet surprised because it was such a sudden decision which we had to follow up upon. Anyhow, we recuited a team of year 12s to help us decorate the cafeteria for a few days.

We were given around 2 weeks to complete planning, setting up, and taking down all the ornaments. We planned within the 5 IB members of the student council for a bit less than a week, and sent out an email to all year 12 students to see if anyone was willing to help, in trade for an extra creativity in their CAS planner sheet (CAS LO.3: I plan and initiate).

Everyone collaborated very well, and the process was sped up due to the large number of members we had who were willing to help. That reflects upon the CAS LO.5: I demonstrate collaborative skills/I recognise the benefits of collaboration.

The process followed these steps:

  1. Gather team and split roles
  2. Go to ACE and purchase all required decorations
  3. Put it up in the cafeteria

On the first week of December, we started to initiate our plans every afterschool. Each day of the week, the team would go to the cafeteria after the end of school and hang baubles, wreathes, tinsels and place inflatable snowmen and santa clause on each sides of the entrance.

This all required quite a bit of thinking since the cafeteria was a large place to decorate the entire thing. In the end, we didn’t end up decorating the cafeteria like one of those scenes of a Christmas party in a cliche family movie. However, that doesn’t matter because in my opinion, it still looked better. At least better than what the cafeteria originally looks like.

 

Round Square x BSJ

Our plans as the Round Square leaders have started off smoothly. So far we have visited the John Fawcett Foundation, and have agreed to help them with their cause through our own methods of fundraising.

#JFFeyecataract #RSxBSJ #Weallcanhelp

Movember November

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November was a very busy month. I was lucky enough to be seleted as one of the members of the new student council executive for this year. Our aim for November was to revive Movember November, which we believed deteriorated over the last few years.

This was our first major project. We have thought about what to do as a group, and how we should help a seleted group. In the end we have decided to fundraise and raise awareness for a group called Mary’s Cancer Kids. The 8 of us planned together the dates and the costs for all the sales which we will be holding through out the entire month of November. We then brought along a few other members of the student council social committee to have rotating roles for each week.

We sold candies shaped in moustaches, and wristbands which would be added as a vote for a teacher of your own choice. In the end of all this, we aimed to raise a total amount of 15mil Rph, and fortunately we managed to raise over 22mil Rph.

This was our first long term project, and I believe that it ended better than I have initially thought it would.

Macet Management (TEDxYouth @BSJ)

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Green wave

10 years I’ve spent in traffic and 10 years I’ve wondered “But why?” or more formally, “Why does traffic occur more in some parts of the city than others?”

I think that most TEDx talks inspire me. Actually, around 99.9% do. This may have been because all the talks I have watched was by super successful grown-ups such as Bill Gates. This time, I witnessed the Year 13s of our school give a TEDx talk. As expected, it sure did inspire me. When I walked into the theatre, I honestly sat down without expecting much, but from the beginning of the 2 hour TED talk, I was intrigued. The first talk was by Wilson Jusuf, who talked about the Indonesian traffic system and solved by question of why it is better to walk from home to school on a bad traffic day.

He argued that people tend to believe that the traffic was caused by the government’s poor design of roads and management, however he mentioned that reaction time plays a big role in this. Going back to my initial question, “Why does traffic occur more in some parts of the city than others?” reaction time helps explain a bit of this unanswered question. When a driver stops to avoid something or someone, they stop their car for a bit which makes the driver behind him stop, which makes the driver behind him stop, etc etc… It makes me think of the domino effect. So is this all related to physics because of the domino effect? Of course not. Human sciences, a study of the activities and experiences of human beings also is an area which this takes part in. How the drivers react, how cars cut infront, why drivers dont follow the lane lines. Can the WOK for this be memory? Do the drivers act this way because they remember from last time that they had to wait longer if they didn’t squeeze into small gaps inbetween two other cars? I often trust my gut feelings, so maybe they also trust their gut feelings too and they think that it brings the most personal benefit if they act so.

To create all this system of green, yellow, and red lights the programmers behind it have to use a bunch of computer science as an area of knowledge, Wilson said in his TEDx talk. Something called a green wave is a technique that occurs if a series of traffic lights are coordinated to allow continuous traffic flow over several intersections in one main direction. Reason and intuition, are both used to create this idea of a green wave. These programmers spend a vast amount of time setting these timers on the traffic lights to turn green and red when they want it to. After a long time of adapting to it, they just instantly know by intuition that they have to time this signal at this and that other signal at that. Then here comes maths, algorithms used to design these timings. It would be pretty bad if the mathematicians use faith as a main way of knowledge because hoping something will happen doesn’t really help if cars are crashing left and right. So maybe once again, reason. After hard thinking and brain storming, they come up with a reason behind all these algorithms, and test it out in a simulator before they implement it to the streets. This definately helps the crashing part of the problem.

Wilson talked about his solution which he created with his friend that included flying drones up in the air, basically as a short distance satelitte to monitor all these traffic and send signals where the traffic is occuring and where the traffic lights needs to be switched. This included all human science, mathematics, and computer science as they personally did the programming after studying the patterns of the traffic. They then brought this idea to Ahok, the governor of Indonesia to present their plans to him. They were praised however it was told that Indonesia currently doesn’t have the correct technology to bring this to the real world and out of the simulation. Unfortunate, I wanted to see Jakarta without traffic before I leave.

Then again, even after talking about all the reasons I cannot guarantee that I will understand the Jakarta traffic.

Jakarta marathon 2016

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23rd of October, I took part in the Jakarta marathon for the fun of it. My bad, it wasn’t fun. It definately was a new experience for me though. Even if I only ran 10 kilometers out of 42, it was something that I can look back and think “wow that was a long run”.

I signed up for the 10k run around 2 months or so before the actual run happened. I thought it would be best to go on practise runs and prepare for the marathon so I went down to the gym and ran about 5k each visit. This went on for a while until I fell ill for a week and half. A series of unfortunate events occured after this. I visited Germany a week before the marathon due to RoundSquare, and hello jetlag. Honestly, first time experiencing proper jetlag.

As expected, I got 3 hours of sleep before the D-day. I’m not trying to give an excuse, but thats an excuse. The marathon started off fairly well, running 3k just around 15 minutes, however just as we reach the 3k mark, it started raining. Younghoon kept on running but me and Simon took shelter because we didn’t want to get sick again. After some deep thinking, we thought that it would be a huge waste to just stop after 3k, not only because of the entry fee we paid, but also because we signed up for this to complete the race. The rain subsided after a few minutes so we continued running. Cliche reflection point 1: never give up.

Passing 5k, I got extremely exhausted. Sitting down was the favourable option for me at the time. I was running with Simon and without him, I would have never found the determination to keep up the pace with the other marathon runners. I’m not sure as to why I was so disencouraged to race but the next time I compete in a marathon, I’ll be overly-encouraged.

Finally crossed the line, marking 1 hour 17 minutes; a record I’m barely proud of. If anything, this will be my guide to improve my fitness (or sleep the night before). Next year, I want to cross the line in an hour, which I’m confident I can manage after figuring out how my first marathon went. To do this, I need to do more cardiovascular workouts and measure my heartrate after a certain distance so I know if I need to significatly improve my overall fitness or not.

Hashtag Never skip leg day

 

The Interview

A slow start to the year. Last month, I met with my CAS mentor, Mr Edwards to have a talk about my current progression in CAS. It was the very first interview, so there wasn’t much I could talk about due to my lack of projects.  I have only completed 1 creativity and 1 activity projects so far. Almost all of my remaining projects, I have set up and are just waiting on the right time of the year to begin.

For creativity, I’ve completed the ATL conference last month. Thats about it so far. However I have various creative projects which I am currently in part of, such as the’ Movember movement’ with the student council and ‘Rachel House- The living wall’ with a few of my friends. I’m also helping to arrange the formals which will be taking place in March the 11th, however I’m not too entirely sure if that counts as a creative project. I plan to expand on these by engaging effectively with my peers to consolidate the project until the end of it, as most of it are currently still in development. I’d like to say it covers the first 5 CAS LOs, but as far as I can tell, creativity projects really makes us work with each other, because most of our projects are student run and student based. So top 2 ‘correct’ answers would be that I have engaged in CAS LO 3: I plan and initiate, and CAS LO 5: I demonstrate collaborative skills.

What started my activity part of CAS was the jakarta marathon. I signed up to be a part of it, because it was something that I’ve never done before in my entire 16.75 years of my life (Late post-marathon blog coming soon). The marathon is one thing, but the activity that I properly set a goal for was weights. My main goal by the end of the 15 week cycle is to be able to chest press 60kg at maximum. I haven’t had a check point yet, but I’m beginning to slowly improve overtime. In my CAS mentor interview, Mr Edwards set me a pushup challenge to help improve muscle endurance. He suggested that I do as many pushups as I can every morning immediately after waking up, and I struggle. On a good day I can do upto 70 but on a good morning I can do 15.
I find recording this the hardest part of the goal because theres not really a way to prove that I’ve been practising every week. I could take photos but that wouldn’t be reliable as anyone can just take random photos and upload it onto the internet #GymSelfie.
After I reach this goal, my next goal is most likely to be squats or cardio purely because I hate running and I want to challenge myself.
The learning outcomes engaged at a significant level are CAS LO 1 and CAS LO 2. This is because I make room for improvement as I practise with heavier weights each time, and heavier weights are a new challenge to me.

C.A.Service is the most unproductive part for me. Currently its the calm before the storm since I’m yet to visit JAAN due to JAAN not being available every weekend. JAAN is an organization dedicated to help animal welfare, by rescuing and finding shelters for animals. We don’t have a set target for it yet, but I’m sure this will be one heck of a journey.
I’ll have to mention the student council once again, as I have only found out 2 weeks ago that being part of the student council executive team apparently counts as a service project. I’ll be a part of the team until the end of year 12, so my plan is to do my best to make sure all 8 of us are engaged in developing new projects within the student council which we can share with the rest of the student body.
CAS LO 6 correctly descibes service projects, are they are something that really reaches out to the world and makes a difference among lives. Along with this, I believe that service projects require a lot of respect from us, because service shouts “change” for the better. Therefore I have chosen that CAS LO 7 is definitely needed for this.

I’ve learned that theres always room for improvement in any aspect of my CAS, and theres always something to change even if it seems perfect at the time. I’ve also learned that I’m super bad at teaching children because I mentally struggled during the ATL workshops.

We have another one and half years of CAS left. I have so many ideas in my head that I want to initiate and develop after my current projects are completed, such as the Round Square community service projects that Sam, Chiara and I are planning to start during late term 2. CAS seems to improve me both physically(activity) and mentally (through service and creativity), and I’m looking forward to take part in all of that.

ATL 2016

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The start of the day, I was doubting myself because I thought I didn’t have the knowledge on how to work with children (11-12 years old) because for a very long time, I had a bad memory of children. But on the contrary, the Year 7s listened to me very well and followed instructions often (except for when they were being hyper active due to a massive intake of sugar from the other workshops).

My workshop was based on the ATL: Self-management for year 7s and ATL: Social for year 12s. This was a hard one because I believe that Self-management is the most important trait out of all five ATLs because it’s always easy to procrastinate and prioritize the wrong tasks over the important and urgent ones. Me and my partner Michael decided we should split work and focus on different workshops at first and combine the two after we have finished. We first brainstormed ideas on both the workshops together and then proceeded our own, I would focus on the year12 workshop and he would focus on the year7 workshop.

Worked really well! 9 year 7s attended our workshop and for 40 minutes, we played games together in between our presentation slides, which they seemed to enjoy a lot. We first broke the ice by playing a game of bang, and then we moved on to plan time table/pie charts for what they thought an average year 7’s daily life would look like. After this, we surprised them by creating our IB pie chart! Unfortunately they pitied us and said we should sleep more. 5 to 6 hours of sleep did not suit their wants for sure. After we finished our workshop, they asked if we had candy like the other workshops did. We froze for a second and looked at each other and mumbled “We don’t have candy do we…” They sighed in disappointment and instead, we gave them high fives.

The year 12 one was directly after the year 7. My close friends decided to join my workshop to ‘see’ how well I do in presenting, so I decided to make their lives harder by putting them into couples. We had 9 people in this workshop as well, so Michael joined in on the fun games. Because putting people into partners make them socialize with each other, one of our games had them explain to each other, in pairs an object, but without saying the name or what it was used for. Really fun game, but it was too easy for them. So, moving on to the next social game possible, we played bang. Again. Actually, ‘bang’ with a little twist, I’d call it. Everyone in the circle had names of someone else in the room just to make it harder for them. Everyone was confused but they seemed to enjoy it. Great success. Later on, we did the rather productive part by giving them scenarios and how to handle situations when it became socially awkward.  45 minutes passed and our day had finally ended. Thank you all for attending our workshop. We learned many things from it 🙂

I identified my weaknesses (teaching) and worked with Michael to improve upon it before we opened up the workshop. Through this experience, I am further capable of standing infront of a class and gaining their attention for over 40 minutes. Since my weakness was teaching anyone in general, this entire conference was a challenge for me. Even if I saw my friends everyday, conversing with them normally is not the same with teaching them. When we first kick started our brain storm and plans, I was mainly worried about the Year 12 one. As a former year 7, I could immediately guess that I got entertained much more easily than my current evolution. However after 26 caffeine boosts and 4190 pushups, we made it to the end of the ATL journey without any casualties. There are a few things worth mentioning to improve next time. Maybe an advice to the year below for their conference next year. To Be Able To: Attract attention for 45 minutes by figuring out a method including games and important key factors of the 6 ATLs. This can be achieved by making students set goals before the workshop, and seeing if they have achieved it by the end of the workshop.