Activity – improving upper body strength CP1

Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to do one pull up, so I decided with the help of Mr Shand to improve my upper body strength.

I have come up with three sessions in total.

1st session:

Biceps (4 sets x 8 reps): seated dumbbell curls, single arm preacher curls, concentrated bicep curl.

Back (4sets x 8reps): Lat pull down, one arm dumbbell row, pullback machine

Abs (1 minute): Russian twists, sit ups, plank

2nd session:

Barbell bench press (7reps, 6reps, 4reps), Barbell bench press AMRAP

Seated dumbbell shoulder press (2sets, 8reps), Side lateral raise (2 sets, 10 reps)

V-Bar push down (3sets, 8reps), Incline dumbbell rear fly (3 sets, 10 reps), Sit up, Plank

3rd session:

Burpees with different styles, Mountain climber

After I’ve done three sessions, I will try to count how many pull ups I can do. When I did all three for the first time, I was barely able to do one pull up.

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Activity golf – CP2

After playing for about 2 months, I have slightly improved my wrist. However, the day I took this video, was one of my worst. Why? Because my eyes didn’t follow the ball. Whenever you swing in golf, you use your hips, not your arms. When I swung, my eyes didn’t stay in place and followed the motion of my hip.

I have met the following learning outcome:

LO4: I show commitment, I persevere – I have been practicing twice a week in the weekends for the past 2 months. If I missed a session, the effect of it would be surprisingly big because I will lose the ‘feel’ of playing golf. Consistency is key to success.

I still haven’t managed to hit the 100 yard sign, but I’m getting closer to my target.

Here is a video of me practicing:

Activity – Golf CP1

For my second activity, I have decided to do golf. I used to play golf when I was young but I haven’t played since year 6. I’ve set my goal to ‘improve accuracy’ by setting the 100 yard sign as my target. I’ve started to play again during the summer holiday and found many problems with my form.

I have met my the following learning outcome:

LO1: I am pretty good at hitting long range with a driver, but my accuracy could be better. Since the problem of accuracy comes from my form, I decided to correct my form first. When I swing up, my wrist bends inwards and my supervisor will tell me whenever I’m doing it right or wrong. Also, I need to make sure to look at the ball until I hit the ball.

Here is a video of me practicing:

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I will practice once a week, hitting 100 balls.

Creativity/Service Project: SB Band

We have been doing this project every once a week since the whole of year 12 still until to this day. During this session, I focus on teaching the kids how to play the ukulele. Aisya teaches the kids how to sing and also play the piano. Liam teaches the kids how to play the piano. We’ve been covering songs such as “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz and “Laskar Pelangi” by nidji.

LO:2 I undertake challenges. I develop new skills – I’ve never been a teacher, but through this project, I’ve adapted some teaching skills and learnt how to deal with kids. For instance, at the start of this project, it was hard for me to control the kids. They would be running around playing with different instruments and shouting. After few weeks go by, I started to gain their respect and actually taught them the few of the most basic chords. I found out that it’s all about being somewhat patient.

LO:3 I plan and initiate – As we have only one hour a week with the Sekolah Bisa kids, I have to plan the lesson so we don’t waste any time. Also teaching the kids require a lot of planning as they need to learn from the basics.

Here’s a sample of how the lesson plan looks like:

LO:4 I show commitment. I preserve – Missing this after school session would mean that there will be no music lesson for the kids. With this in mind, I never skipped a session. Whenever I’d see the kids outside of class, they would always be so happy to see me. This showed that the kids were having fun during the music session and skipping a session would not be worth it.

LO:5 I demonstrate collaborative skills. I recognize benefits of collaboration – In order to function as a band, we need to work together. We, as in with the kids and also with the group members.

LO:6 I engage with issues of global significance – SB kids had no chance to pursue their passion in music before I created this class for them. From this class, the kids gained basic music knowledge and have a chance in the future to spread their knowledge to other people. Unfortunately, poverty is an endless cycle and from this class these underprivileged children got to learn new skills which will lead to higher chances of entering different markets in the future.

LO:7 I recognise ethical issues, I act ethically – After finding out that the kids didn’t have any creative sessions, I decided to create this project. Nowadays, we should not only focus on the traditional education system but also need to include some creative aspects.

Activity Final

Due to the fact that I’m an IB student, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in my activity project which is why I do it only on the weekends. 2 times a week is how many times I’ve been running and when I timed myself during the summer holiday for 12 minutes, I could still only run 2100m. It’s really hard to break that barrier and jump to 2400m. However, my stamina has improved fairly because when I stopped running after 12 minutes, I wasn’t as tired as I was when I timed myself in year 12.

At the end, I tried running a 5km but couldn’t do it without stopping twice. I had to stop at the 3km and 4km point because my stomach was aching that day.  Even though I couldn’t manage to run a 5km without stopping in 1 hour, I still feel proud from the point of view that I improved my stamina.

To give a brief summary, I have managed to fulfill LO 1, 2 and 4. These are mentioned in my checkpoint blog posts.

Creativity: OSCARS

Oscars! I had the opportunity to be part of the Oscars team back in year 12. I did a lot of things such as planning, choosing the winners and filming the whole event. For planning, we gathered ideas on what the event is going to look like, the table designs and many more. When I had to choose the winners, I had to watch every single video and decide who the winner of that category would be. Lastly, I personally took responsibility for filming because I’ve been always interested in video making and this event shed light to practice my video making skills. I learnt how to use this professional video camera with the help of the theater technicians. After the Oscars, I taught some year 7 students on how to use this camera when they had to make a video for my service project: SB Management.

Creativity: Composing a song

For my third creativity project, I decided to compose a new song. I’ve been going to the studio in our school and have been working on it with the help from Mr Kinghorn before the exams. I couldn’t go to the studio for the last 2 weeks because of exams and tok presentation. Currently, I have written the lyrics and recorded the piano for the song. My plan is to get this song done before the summer holiday. During the piano recording, I realized how hard it was to not make one single mistake. Because of this, I kept practicing the piano bit whenever I had time and finally recorded where there were no mistakes. I believe this shows that I met learning outcome 1. Also, I’ve been working on logic pro x during GCSEs so I thought I knew most of the functions. However, this was not the case because it was way different using Logic pro x when recording live instruments than software instruments. There was a whole new side of the software for recording live instruments so Mr Kinghorn had to help me with this bit. I think that this shows I met learning outcome 2 as I took new challenges and developed new skills with using the program.

Creativity: Y13 Yearbook reflection

As the year 13s were about to graduate, Mrs Barnard assembled a group of students to help her with creating the yearbook for the year 13s. I volunteered for this project and helped with several things such as obtaining the images of the students who I was responsible for and also moving the comments and checking if it’s appropriate or not. This took quite a long time as some students were not as cooperative as others.

From this creativity project I demonstrated collaborative skills with the year 13s and my group. We divided ourselves taking responsibility of 6-7 students in each class and everyone knew exactly what to do. As we divided our tasks, we were able to finish it quickly without having a lot of work to do. This shows that I have met the learning outcome 5. I also met learning outcome 3 as we planned what each of our tasks were and initiated it.

CAS Interview 2

Earlier today, I had my second cas interview with Mr Bunce. Throughout the interview, Mr Bunce asked me various questions going through creativity, activity and service.

For service, Mr Bunce asked me about the progress of my two service projects: Sekolah Bisa Band and Sekolah Bisa Management. I explained to him that for Sekolah Bisa Management, it’s business as usual, but for Sekolah Bisa Band, we haven’t had any sessions for the last two weeks due to the sekolah bisa kids having to take their exams. Throughout the interview, I was asked if I had any difficulties and I told him that I once forgot to fill out the reimbursement form and also told him that there is a need for raising money because we found out that Sekolah Bisa will run out of money in less than two years.

For creativity, I explained my progress and the project: Songwriting and Sekolah Bisa Band. I recently started songwriting with the supervision of Mr Kinghorn. I am also using creativity within my service projects especially Sekolah Bisa Band where we teach the kids how to play different instruments once a week. We were working on a song called “go green” but due to the absense of the kids, we haven’t got much further than strumming the chords on a ukulele.

For activity, I haven’t been very active this term than last term. Last term, I finished doing ‘cardio’ which I improved a fair amount (ran 1800m in 12mins at the start, ran 2100m in 12 mins at the end of the term). I will be starting a fitness program after the exams are over.