Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Activity: Tennis@Final CP

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Categories: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Reflections

This is the final checkpoint for my tennis activity! Going back to my SMART goal for this activity: “By the end of year 12, I should be able to rally the tennis ball at least 15 times against my opponent”

This means that the ball must not go out of the court, hit the net, bounce more than once, and I shall not miss to hit the ball. From my previous checkpoints, I’ve came to the after school activity every week to learn new skills, receive tips, as well as casually practicing against each other with the standard rule applied. At the beginning of the activity, I do play at the ‘easiest’ court where the inexperienced players are, but as I learn and grow, I was moved to a more experienced court and get to play with better opponents. 

On my last week of year 12, and last day for my tennis activity, we play against each other casually. But this day is really important for me because I succeeded to rally the tennis ball at least 15 times!

Here is a final picture of me playing in the end of year 12 🙂

Time achieved : mid June 2017
And, this is the final checkpoint for my tennis activity! I am glad that I am able to learn a new sport and develop new skills in 1 term.

Learning outcomes achieved:

  • LO #1 : I identify my strengths, I identify areas for growth
    • I used my experience in badminton and apply them to tennis. Even though some things doesn’t work (e.g. the way to hold the racket, and the angle or the force applied when hitting the ball), the basics is still there and I am able to use that knowledge to improve throughout the activity.
  • LO #2 : I undertake challenges, I develop new skills
    • Tennis is new for me, therefore I am able to challenge myself and learn new skills.
  • LO #4 : I show commitment, I preserve
    •  I attended almost all of my tennis after school activity sessions and make sure that I use my time wisely, practice, and commit to my SMART goal for tennis.

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Activity: Tennis@CPIII

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Categories: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Reflections

From my previous checkpoint, I’ve received a very important tip to get better at tennis: stand further behind from the net. I’m still practicing my skills to hit the ball back (not too hard like badminton and not at a wrong angle to hit the net/hit out of the court), but now that I further understood the mechanics of tennis, the coach now asks all of us to find a partner and try and play doubles against another partner. This time, we also keep track of the scores obtained so that later we can swap opponents (the winner vs. another winner from another court, etc). We also play singles with each other to further practice our rallying skills (and sometimes do keep track of the scores too).

Now that we experienced to play against each other, the ball is no longer allowed to bounce more than once, because the standard rules are now applied. Hitting the ball to the net/out of the court also grants a point to the opponent. It is a good progress so far to be able to play with the standard rules applied.

Here’s a VERY short video of me hitting the ball once, because my phone was running out of space and I couldn’t capture as much. 🙁

Time achieved : End-May ~ Beginning June 2017

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Activity: Tennis@CPII

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Categories: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Reflections

From my previous checkpoint, I learned the effective way of holding a racket as well as the correct way of swinging the racket. Now that the basics are learned, the coach focuses to train us how to rally the ball properly. Since this is still very very basic, the ball is allowed to bounce against the floor more than once. Usually, when the ball bounces more than once, the point automatically goes to the opponent. But since I just started to practice on rallying, the coach allows multiple bounces so that it will be less time consuming (to pick up the ball and surf again).

My badminton skills still appear when playing tennis; sometimes I hit the racket too hard so the ball goes out of the court, or the angle of my racket when hitting the ball is a little bit off so the ball hits the net instead of passing over it. I am also still not used to the bouncing mechanics of this sport; sometimes I tried to hit the ball even before the ball hits the ground for the first time, resulting in a really bad rally and even failing to hit the ball back.

The coach gave me a tip that I should stand far back from the net to allow the ball to bounce off as well as giving me time to predict where the ball will go and how will I hit the ball back. Standing too close to the net will only make me step further back only to wait for the ball to bounce once (and possibly missing the ball), so it is better for me to stand further. I do find this tip useful and this is a new skill I’ve learned.

Time achieved : Early May 2017

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Activity: Tennis@CPI

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Categories: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Reflections

During term 3 on Year 12 (April-June 2017), I followed tennis after school activity. I played tennis ONCE before and it was back when I was in year 7 at my previous school, so I thought that I want to seriously learn how to play a new sport and add new skills for myself.

Since I told the coach that I’ve never played tennis before, I was placed at the “lowest” court, where inexperienced players play. I also noticed that I was the oldest member in this activity. Some people might think that it may not be a very good learning place to play without challenge, but then again, I didn’t even know how to hold the tennis racket properly; I thought it works exactly like badminton! Also, not everyone is too young, there are some members who are around year 10 or 11.

 Playing with ~Year 4s and 3s

The SMART goal for my tennis activity is: “By the end of year 12, I should be able to rally the tennis ball at least 15 times against my opponent”

On this checkpoint, I learnt basic rules of tennis:

  • The efficient way to hold a racket (two hands holding and positioned in front of our body)
  • The correct way of swinging the racket (not too hard like badminton, angle and positioning too)

Time achieved : mid-April 2017

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Just.. A Little Clarification!

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Categories: About Me

Hello visitors! I hope you are enjoying my blog entries about my IB journey. Just to clarify you all from misunderstandings and answering possible questions you have: the image used for the banner of my blog is completely made by myself. Yes, I draw them digitally using plain canvas on Adobe Photoshop CS6 and my best friend tablet Wacom Intuos. In this blog post, it is also where I will credit original owners of something I use inside my art. For example:

  • Blue music background inside my blue music girl piece by AA FVX

The list of credits may increase as I produce more banners, but for now, this is it.

Fun fact: the images will appear randomly; every time you visit or refresh my blog, it has a possibility of showing another different image 🙂

Occasionally, I draw more pieces for my blog banner and upload them into the ‘banner pool’. Therefore there will be more and more new images used for my banner as time comes!

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Feline Cross: Building the Inside

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Categories: Creativity, Action, Service (CAS), Reflections

Last Friday, the Feline Cross team gathered to the cat sanctuary at school to add ‘furniture’ for the cats. Our aim by the end of that day is to finish with the scratchpost as well as the shelves for the cats to climb around the sanctuary.

A scratchpost is a very common entertainment for cats. It is made of thick and rough ropes tied up around a post; and they are there to be scratched by cats! It looks something like this:

Since we are making the ‘furniture’ with our own hands, we are afraid of the steadiness of the scratchpost. It may accidentally fall on cats and endanger their safety inside the sanctuary. Furthermore, there will be more ‘furniture’ or entertainment we will be adding to the sanctuary, so we’re not sure if the scratchpost might be a hinder to other furniture. So, we decided to attach the rough rope on the wall inside the sanctuary instead; nevertheless, it still works perfectly fine as a scratch’post’!

 

 

 

 

My friend and I untangling the rope                          My friends and I outlining the first line for the                                                                                                  scratchwall as well as attaching it with glue gun

Moving on to the shelves, we aren’t actually going to build a shelve; it is more into providing different ‘levels’ for the cat. We are attaching wood planks at different levels and at different sides of the sanctuary to allow the cats to jump around, like they always do.

 My friends and I working on the ‘shelves’

Learning outcomes achieved:

  • Learning outcome #6 : I engage with issues of global significance
    • The main reason of Feline Cross’ establishment is to fight against animal cruelty, more specifically cats. Just as mentioned from previous blog posts, our school hires professionals to remove stray cats from the school grounds in order to protect younger students. The removal method used by the professionals are putting the cats into sacks and who knows what happens to the them next. By building this sanctuary and including furniture + entertainment tools for the cats, we ensure both the cats’ and students’ safety.
  • Learning outcome #7 : I recognize ethical issues, I act ethically
    • Is it ethical to put a cat inside a cage and leave them be? No. Which is why we added furniture and entertainment tools inside the sanctuary. Furthermore, the cats will be fed regularly and let free outside the cage occasionally. We do not take away the cats’ freedom, because we act ethically towards the cats.

 

 

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