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.