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.

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.

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. Through this project, I felt that I accomplished the CAS LO3 and LO4. This was because this required thorough planning and communication between students and teachers, as well as commitment to the project, and raising money, in order to meet the goal which we have set to raise for Mary’s Cancer Kids.

Lido Lakes 2016

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I already don’t remember what day I had to wake up at 5 and get ready for the residential trip. Maybe It’s a bad thing that I tend to forget things very easily. As a 16 year old boy, I should worry about it but today, I’m going to worry about this blog.

The residential was action packed and had a rather busy schedule. I can recall activities such as paintball, raft building, T-shirt painting, and team building. From these, my favourite activities were the paintball and raft building. I can now say, that paintball hurts if you’re shot in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Being shot in the mouth and eating paintballs got me to multitask, running around AND getting rid the atrocious taste of gelatin like a dog marking its territory. Me flailing after getting shot made some people laugh, which is understandable, because I too, laughed at the others getting bombarded with paint.

The majority of the team building program was difficult, but what really made me struggle was the activity which required us to dribble a ball through small gaps with a cone on our faces. It seemed easy at first, but after wearing the cone, things were different. It took away 95% of my vision, and made me rely on my teammates to shout the direction I needed to swing my wooden hockey stick around. I was the first sacrifice to be made from my team, which made everyone else think I had horrible hand to eye coordination. Unfortunately for them, we all seem to have disturbingly bad coordination.

Finding new and interesting things about ourselves were the hardest part. For me, I thought I knew everything about myself but it seems like I didn’t know one aspect about me. My friend kept on waking up due to a cold during the night, and every time he woke up, he would tend to look around. The next morning, he mentioned to me that I slept in the same position for the entire night, with my arms crossed and my legs straight, facing towards the ceiling. Fascinating.

Thinking really hard, but still very difficult to find what I learned about other people.  However if I had to describe it in short, Isaac has a memory span of approximately 7 hours and Filbert likes to sleep with his shoes on.

1+2+3+4+….+∞= -1/12 ???

Why is it so hard to start off a blog post?

Maybe it’s because I don’t have much KNOWLEDGE and experience on blogs.  So far, I know that blogs are written in a conversataion style, regularly updated by an individual or a group of people. Else than this, I don’t know what I don’t know.

When I was asked about what knowledge is, I wrote “Knowledge is information, based on both the truth and the false which we use to communicate with others and enhance our abilities”. I asked the same question to papa google, it responded to me with a dictionary definition of “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject”.  I would like to say I almost knew it, but obviously there is a latge gap inbetween the two definitions. Anyhow, my point is that people have different thoughts on knowledge and claims of knowledge. What we know now was built upon many claims made in the past. Some claims were proven to be more believable and scientific than others. The Earth is the centre of the universe. People knew that this was true until a long time of philosophical work that proved that it actually wasn’t. 

Now, time for the claims that I’ve heard in the past few weeks. 1+1=2. Thankfully, last week wasn’t my first time learning this. Everyone in the world knows that 1+1=2 but how do we actually know that this is the truth? 1+1 can be anything if we were never given the fact that it leads to 2. So technically, we BELIEVE that 1+1=2. If we were to KNOW that 1+1=2, we would be able to relentlessly rap out the complete reason behind it. Fortunately for us, someone from long long time ago has already made a 2 page explanation as to why 1+1 is indeed 2.

1+1=2?

Another mathematic claim. Okay, an actual claim this time. 1+2+3+4+….+∞= -1/12
I know what you’re thinking. This is complete garbage talk. Believe it or not, you will be so convinced that this is actual knowledge rather than just a belief or an opinion after watching this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-I6XTVZXww
I just watched it again and I’m still so confused. Ways of knowing- many mathematical equations that seem to prove this absurd addition of numbers.

Quickly moving on to the third and final claim of the week, this time around its the knowledge claim stating that theres always 6.022140857(74)×1023  molecules in 24,000  cm3 of any gas.  I shall assess the validity of this. As a student who takes HL chemistry, I forsure know that this is a fact. However, same case with the 1+1 situation, I only know that this is a fact, I don’t know why I know that this is the fact. There are various equations and graphs behind the multiples of numbers that explain the occurance which I haven’t learned yet, only because its way too complicated for me right now.

Believing and knowing is different. Know the facts and believe in yourself *cheesy exit*.

 

The very first

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Hello everyone, my name is Jongwoo I have been a student at BSJ for over 6 years. I remember my very first day at school as a day of anxiety and fear, the reason mainly that BSJ was the first school that I have transferred to, so everything and everyone I’ve known were no longer relevant. I’ve quickly figured the way around the school and made a new friends. As time accelerated by, I’ve realised that nothing remains the same. Each year I would lose friends, meet new people, and have different grades. After a few years of change and 2 sets of uniform, I have finally reached last obstacle of school, IB.

On the very first morning of IB, I woke up and slithered into my blue shirt just to realise I’m no longer allowed to. No matter how hard I thought about it, I couldn’t believe that I now go to school every morning in the fancy white shirt that shouts “Responsibility”. I spent the very first hour of IB looking around the common room to get used to seeing everyone else in their very responsible uniform. Not   long after that, I had to get used to using many different acronyms such as: CAS, TOK, and ATL. The definitions were straight forward and easy to remember except for ATL (Approaches To Learning) which consists of communication, social, self-management, research, and thinking. So far, I’m confident with my social skills as well as my communication skills. I would like to work on my researching skills throughout the years of IB, but what really confused my little mind was the self-management part. It wasn’t very often that I look back to myself and sight my weak points and strengths. Few thoughts and questions later, I figured out that I wasn’t the best at personal reflection, however I believe I manage my time very well and like to keep organised. The two points seemed to contradict each other because if I was to be bad at noticing mistakes quickly, how can I keep perfectly organised? No worries me, I will figure it out by the end of the IB curriculum. ATL will always be a part of the IB curriculum, and my skills can only develop from here on.

I consider IB as the most important phase of school life, and so this is the time that I need to be the most active in. BSJ has a lot of leadership opportunities, especially this year with the introduction of the new executive student council group. I feel as if I need to do it, as leadership will be immensely important later on in the future. These opportunities are not given to everybody, so I am extremely grateful that I was given a chance to participate in conferences and international competitions which occurs annually held by or participated by BSJ.

Nothing can be certain at this point, I’ve had many aspirations for different careers which included being a chef, a football player, engineer, and many more. Most of these aspirations ended due to change of hobbies or subject preferences, except for engineering which I purely stopped being motivated because of its requirements to sit down and look at the screen 24/7 . After many unsure dreams and thoughts, I  wish to major in biochemistry or biotechnology in university, to carry on into those fields as an adult.

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CAS & Me