ATL Workshop

Before starting this blog post, I want to give a massive thank you and respect to the teachers. I got to experience first hand on what it’s like to be a teacher and I have to say, it’s tougher than I thought it would be. 45 minutes wasn’t easy to pull off, but the fact that teachers have to teach us for the whole day simply amazes me.

For the ATL workshops, we had to plan, design and present our knowledge of the ATLs we were assigned to. My partner was Caroline and she did an absolutely fantastic job. We were assigned to communication for year 7 and thinking for year 12. Our first workshop was with the year 7s, which was about communication. Before starting the workshop, I wondered if the kids were going to even listen to us. I was completely wrong. They were very active and supportive. To start off, the kids played Chinese whispers which they seemed to love. During this workshop, my favorite moment was not when we did the activities, but when the kids asked us questions. It just gave me a smile whenever they would ask us a question.


For the second workshop, it was with the year 12s, which was about thinking. The year 12s already knew the ATLs so I tried to make it as entertaining as possible. After doing a presentation about critical thinking, we played a game of mafia. The game soon got really intense. Trying to use critical thinking in this game isn’t easy. However, Kenny was really good at using his critical thinking skills to find who the mafias were and eventually lead the town to victory.

During the ATL workshop, nothing major went wrong. Everything was fine and it went all as planned, except when there was 10 minutes left in the first workshop. We managed the time incorrectly and had 10 minutes of nothing to do. I asked the kids what they wanted to do and they came up with a game called “big red balloon” where one kid would sit in the front and tried to guess who was saying “big red balloon”. We thought this was great not because of the game they came up with but because they communicated with each other using the skills we taught them.

During the workshop, we addressed these learning objectives:

LO3: I plan and initiate – We had to plan our own workshop and present it to the year 7s and year 12s. From designing the presentation to searching appropriate activities which is relevant to the workshop, we can say that we managed to plan and initiate.

LO4: I show commitment and preserve – I was very committed to the workshop so the audience would learn and get something out of it. I worked on the presentation continuously and tried to find the best activities for a long time.

LO5: I demonstrate collaborative skills – By working collaboratively with Caroline, we managed to plan and initiate our workshops. If we didn’t collaborate, we wouldn’t have managed to present it.

If I were to do this again, I would carefully manage the time. Also, I will try to get the audience engaged as much as possible. Because the feedback was better than expected, there aren’t many things we need to change to make it better.


Lido Lakes 2016

Knowing that this was going to be my last residential trip in BSJ, I had to do something different. I’ve already been to Lido Lakes multiple times and I have no hesitation on saying that this trip was by far the most memorable.

During the three days, I’ve made new friends and got to know more about them. The activities really helped with breaking the ice – especially the dance organized by Mr Mcivor. I didn’t even know the names of some of the new people, but by doing all sorts of activities, I became closer to them. I did all of the activities and the two activities which stood out was paint balling and raft building. Paint balling was really exciting as we got to shoot each other. Raft building, it wasn’t that fun but I learnt that without teamwork, nothing could get done.

One of the funniest thing that happened was the knocking of the wall between my room and the room next to us. While me and Kyle thought it was Thomas and Davide who were knocking, they thought it was us knocking. Next thing you know, everyone was in our room freaking out about the knocking and never got to find out what was knocking between the rooms.

Because this was the last residential trip, I decided to make a lip sync video. I wanted to make this trip memorable so I took a lot of my free time and tried my best to include everyone in, which I failed to do. Click the link to watch the video –> . If you do watch it, then enjoy!

At the end, I want to say thank you to the teachers and the staff who made this trip possible.

Oh, and GOOD LUCK YEAR 12!

Nature of Knowledge?

For my second blog post, I’ve been told to reflect and compare the nature of knowledge in two different subjects.

1st Subject: Korean Language

I never got a proper Korean language education, so whenever I heard something new, I would speak repetitively and use it in the future so I can input it into my brain. Korean language is a fixed and a shared knowledge for me. Same as any other language, there is a structure which needs to be followed. It wouldn’t make sense if you don’t follow the sentence structure that everyone uses. These structure have been generated, validated, communicated, and applied by experts. From the time when the Korean language was founded, the language has changed dramatically. Nowadays, new popular words are being generated and because of the massive popularity, it’s being used more frequently.

2nd Subject: Maths

Maths is also a fixed and a shared knowledge. Everyone learns Maths by using textbooks and being taught by teachers. These textbooks are written by experts who studied Maths and the teachers teach us from their knowledge gained from textbooks and their teachers. Maths is based on facts and it wouldn’t make sense to argue against it. For instance, 1+1 = 2. Does anyone disagree with that? No. This is because we’ve been told that 1 + 1 = 2. Also in Maths, there is no freedom to found. You have to follow specific formulas to obtain the answer.

That’s it! I’ll see you on the next blog post.

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First Step

Welcome to my first blog post! To introduce myself, my name is Seung Hun Kim and I’ve been attending BSJ since I was in year 3. I am 16 years old and my nationality is South Korean. I was born in Indonesia and have been living here my whole life.

First impression of IB? My, oh,my. From the day of induction to this day, I still can’t believe what I’m about to go through. Despite the fact that it will get much harder, I am thankful to have the opportunity to get a world-renowned education. On the day of induction, I got to know what IB stands for. IB isn’t just a regular educational program. IB not only helps with academics but also to myself. What do I mean by that? Well, I believe that it will help me grow as a better person. My brother graduated from BSJ in 2013 and told me that IGCSE is nothing compared to IB. The amount of homework will increase and I will have less time to sleep. But at the end, it will be worth it. For the duration of IB, I’m going to have to sacrifice a lot of things but by doing the right thing, there will be a reward waiting for me.

During the Induction, I’ve familiarized myself with ATL which stands for Approaches To Learning. The 5 ATLs are communication, social, self-management, research and thinking. So what is the purpose of ATL? ATL helps students to develop the skills they need to enjoy learning. I know that I don’t possess all of the ATLs. Sometimes I have difficulties trying to communicate with other people, but I believe it’s not something to worry about. Since, it’s just the beginning, I still have time to improve.

What I’m going to do for CAS:


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What I’m looking forward to most in my CAS experience is to see the result of my work. From service, I want to see what difference I can make for the Sekolah Bisa kids. I would like to hopefully manage Sekolah Bisa and teach the kids how to play instruments. The Sekolah Bisa kids already do several activities such as football but I want to start something new. To be honeset, about two years ago, me and my friend already started a Sekolah Bisa band but because we weren’t the ones who suggested the idea and a teacher told us to do it, we didn’t really care much. Every time I think about the kids in the band, I feel disappointed in myself. But being disappointed about something that happened in the past won’t do any better. That is why with a new mindset, I’m going to start a new Sekolah Bisa band. I am also joining the eco-committee because I think that no one really knew what the eco-committee did last year and I want to change that. Our school should be recognized as an eco school but not a lot of students care about the environment. This is why I already have some ideas on how to change the perspective of the students in BSJ about our school and more about the environment too.

Being only less than two years away from graduating, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do in the future. My life achievement would be to start and manage my own business. Not anyone can start their own business because it’s hard in a million ways. Because I really like music, it would be great if my business was related to music. Everyone has a mindset when someone wants to start their own business in the future, they should be studying business for IB, but I believe studying Economics is much better as it studies the behavior of the world.

Before I graduate, I would like to be a role model and a leader because I haven’t done any spectacular leadership roles. But I think it’s never too late and that’s why I would like to be the house leader for Krakatoa this year. I believe that being a house leader is not about being physically fit. It’s all about the passion and the responsibility an individual has.

Lastly, I would like to talk about what I’ve done during the holiday. My summer holiday started on 10th of June and I didn’t want to waste a single day so I decided to make a short film talking about the importance of being different. The video is called “Just Be Different” which tells the message through the mindset of a BSJ student.

Link of the video: