Final CAS Interview

It is truly amazing how fast my time in IB has been. I remember the first days of year 12, and here I am only a few months away from completing the IB. One journey that has stuck to me through this program is of course CAS. Now that I have completed my final CAS Interview, this blog post is what separates me from completing CAS.

All in all, my involvements in CAS has impacted my perspectives of the community and the environment beyond any of my prior expectations. Initially, CAS was just another part of IB that we had to do in order to graduate, but throughout my time in IB, I began to realise the influential messages it brings, the program’s ability to build an individual and push him or her out of their comfort zone. 

Reflecting on all the projects I did, for CAS, for myself, and for the community, it has allowed me to connect with people I don’t usually communicate with, work with people beyond the school community, experience new scenarios and face real world obstacles. I believe that CAS has not only allowed me to ‘serve and give back to the community’; however, it has developed me to become more equipped when dealing with future issues, whether that be in the workplace, university or any situation that I could find myself in. 

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me take part in this CAS program. My mentor, Ms. Fitzpatrick. My core teachers, Mrs. Lautrette and Mr. Brown. Pak. Adimas, and everyone who has provided me with the countless opportunities to take part in many of your projects.

SEASAC Football Final

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”


My final SEASAC tournament is held at Stamford International School Singapore. 8 teams across Southeast Asia arrived to compete in this annual tournament. A lot of details of the tournament can be written, but I am just going to keep it short and brief.

  • We were placed in Pool B with International School of Yangon, Australian International School Singapore and Harrow International School Bangkok.
  • In the group stages, we placed third with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss.
  • Next round, we played Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School where we lost 2-1.
  • Next round we played Mont Kiara International School, where we won 7-0.
  • Final game was against Harrow International School, and our best performance, where we won 6-0.

Overall, we finished 5th which is not a bad result given the size of our school and the age disadvantage (debatably the youngest team in the tournament). It was clear that during the tournament we got better. We settled in and adapted to the intensity of the tournament, and according to our coach Mr. Cherrett, he believed that we deserve better than 5th… So of course that is a good thing.

But most importantly, this was my final SEASAC trip; my final representation of BSJ, and one that I will never forget. I had an unbelievable team full of talented players. I would like to thank my team mates, Mr. Cherrett, Mr. Friendship, Ms. Kentwell, and the school for giving me the opportunity to compete and form a memory that I will cherish for years after I graduate BSJ.

But back to my goal: to score my first SEASAC goal. I am very glad that I am able to say that I had not only completed my goal, but surpassed it by another 4 goals, totalling my tally to 5.

Here are 3 videos that recorded 3 of my goals.

 

SEASAC Checkpoint 3

“Playing football with your feet is something, but playing football with your heart is another”


My third checkpoint for this activity was a friendly game with a local side one weeks before SEASAC. Since the disappointment at the JIS tournament a couple of weeks ago, the final SEASAC squad has been decided, which consists of 11 players, and we have been working hard on 7-a-side tactics.

The final game before the SEASAC tournament in Singapore, was against a local-side. It was a very good game, we dominated possession, and we created a lot of opportunities. The formation we started out was with a 2-3-1, and I played in my usual left midfield position.

The training, team chemistry and technical skill practices during the weeks prior have clearly been working as I managed to score the only goal that helped us win. Unfortunately, the game was cut short halfway into the second half due to bad weather. But with a positive result and mindset, we were definitely at our best heading into SEASAC.

SEASAC Football Checkpoint 2

“Every defeat is a victory in itself”


The second major checkpoint for this season was the JIS 7-a-side tournament. For the past few weeks we have still been training for 11-a-side situations and have not really explored 7-a-side tactics.

On a Sunday morning, the Varsity team was split into two teams of 11 and played football under the scorching sub at JIS. It was not good.

JIS, who were preparing for there IASAS tournament, were sharp and the better team. The local clubs there were also very good. It was difficult, we had no game plan and we weren’t comfortable playing in a 7-a-side situation. We ended the tournament in 6th and 8th place… Not the result we expected.

But there is a good side to every bad side. It was a moment of realization that to do well in SEASAC, we still had a lot of things to improve on. But one good thing that I can take from that day was scoring a hat-trick.

SEASAC Football Checkpoint 1

“Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong”


It has been around 4 and a half weeks since the Varsity Football team has been selected for the 2017-2018 season. We practice three times a week on a Tuesday morning, Wednesday and Friday afternoon, totalling 4 hours a week. Tuesday mornings are aimed at improving our technical abilities, Wednesday afternoons are aimed at conditioning and strength, and Friday afternoons are aimed at tactical situations.

Because the Varsity team also competes in the JAAC tournament, for the first 4 weeks we have been training in 11-a-side situations, rather than the 7-a-side games that will happen in the SEASC tournament.

Due to the rigour of IB, I was unavailable for the season’s opener; however, I was able to make the second game: a home game against SPH Lippo Karawaci (Sekolah Pelita Harapan). For this game, I was deployed at Central Midfield. It was a new experience and I felt very comfortable on the ball, switching the play from side to side, and looking to thread passes into the final third. I was also very fortunate to bag a goal, a header from a corner. The game ended in a 3-0 win to us.

Reflecting the game yesterday, I learnt that we were good, but there were definitely areas that we can strengthen. One in particular was communication; our squad is made up from students from Year 9 to Year 13, and obviously we weren’t so comfortable with each other so team chemistry needs to be better. But other than that, I am glad I scored and hope to continue to strive to achieve my goal of scoring my very first SEASAC goal.

SEASAC Football 2017

“The Beautiful Game”


From a very young age, there has been one sport that never seems to fail me, and that is Football. I don’t remember why I was so passionate about football, but my early memories of football was dribbling a ball around the house and knocking down furnitures. I soon saw myself playing football every break and lunch times on the playing grounds and sooner than later I am entering my second year as a Varsity player for the school.

To take advantage of this CAS opportunity, I am going to incorporate my journey through my second and final football season at BSJ.

Last season, I was playing at a sweeper role behind the centre-back and in front of the keeper. It was not my natural position, as I usually play out on the left-wing; however, my coach decided to play me in this position for some bizarre reason. But I was up for the challenge, and I knew that this experience would allow me to expand my knowledge of the game and improve the skill set that would enable me to become a better football player.

Because of playing in this defensive role, it was rare for me to find opportunities in front of goal. Therefore, I did not manage to score a goal in my first SEASAC tournament.

Thus, my goal this year is simply to score my very first goal in a SEASAC Football tournament.

The Executive Council

My time in the Executive Council has come to an end. We have a long list of finished projects, events, fundraisers, memories and, meetings under our belt. Including the Formals event, fundraisers for Mary Cancer Kiddies, the Girl Effect, Christmas Decorations and obviously meetings with various faculties and administrative teams throughout the campus.

Beyond the vast progress and development the executive council has achieved during our reign, on a more personal scale, I have learned from the group. This diverse group taught me the importance of what it takes to be a team member. Malcolm Forbes once said, “Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.”

Of course it is good to note our similarities; it makes decision-making a lot easier, and it doesn’t lead to arguments and meltdowns. But, no matter how ironic, I believe it is our differences that enabled us as a group to succeed. It is good to acknowledge our differences; however, it is even better to exploit our differences and areas of expertise in order to move forward.

We grew like a tree. If we had all agreed on an issue, then the tree would have had only one branch. But, fortunately, our many disagreements and discussions resulted in many different branches. The more discussions we had, the greater the network of branches developed. Hence, we expanded as a group to reach our goals.

However, the greatest gift that this Executive Council taught me was my ability to trust my peers. Trust was the spine that provided the team structure; it was the mouth and ears that allowed us to communicate, but most importantly, it was the heart that enabled us to believe in each other.

Optimal Health Reflection

It has been a busy year for Optimal Health. We are one of those groups whose works often go unnoticed throughout the school, but still we do play an important role in the wellbeing and health of the students at Sekolah Bisa. At the beginning of the year, we started off with a big group of around 13 students; however, as time passed, members began to leave the group due to the rigorous nature of the IB course. This meant that by the end of the year, we were left down to a core of 6 – 7 members that are fully committed to the project.

Honestly working in a smaller group has enabled us to work more cooperatively and effectively. In economics, there is a term called diseconomies of scale, which means that once a group gets too large, productivity becomes less efficient and average costs actually rise. I believe at the beginning of the year, we were experiencing a lot of troubles, but as the group became smaller, our projects, ideas, and communication became much easier.

Within year 12, we held 2 major projects: Project Vaccination, and Project Dentistry. I am glad to say that both project succeeded well. For vaccination, we were able to update and continue the work that the previous Optimal Health group worked on. They started the vaccination, and we finished it this year, and all students of Sekolah Bisa re up to date. As for the dental project, which is a fairly new component of Optimal Health, we managed to contact Ibu Rossi, and have her arrange a dental check-up to Sekolah Bisa and provide free dental health services.

Simultaneous to the main projects, there were also sub-projects that were going on including the rice rack, the new logo, inventory prep and fundraisers. These are little projects that are essential as they fundamentally the foundation of what Optimal Health is built upon.

So overall, Optimal Health has been a success this year and we are very much looking forward to working with the future year 12s as they will be taking over the project.

So how does this project relate to the CAS Learning Objectives?

LO2: I undertake challenges, I develop new skill

I have never really experienced joining a project as big as this, and one that deals with such a fragile issue. Therefore, I had to learn how to adapt to different, foreign situations and learn new skills that were required to undertake tasks that would ultimately complete projects, and help out my peers. This idea of learning new skills really highlighted my position within the group. I opted to become the freelance in the group meaning that I was not bound to one specific role, but rather to all and help out whenever needed. So I had to learn and take on new skills in a relatively short amount of time, and develop them into a good quality.

LO7: I recognise ethical issues, I act ethically 

In optimal health, we deal with a very sensitive issue in health. The parents of these students at Sekolah Bisa place a lot of trust in us and in the projects we do. Moreover, the students put a lot of faith and trust in us when conducting these projects. This is because they are dealing with daunting equipments that they are not very familiar with, and seeing and having needles, and tools being poked in you and injecting foreign substances in you for the first time can be nerve-racking. So it is important that we built a good relationship with these students and make sure everything we do is right and just. 

Here are the links to prior mini reflection on Optimal Health along the year:

CAS Update

CAS Reflection 2

Final TOK Presentation Reflection

So for my final TOK presentation, to my amazement, I managed to score a 10. I was very pleased with my performance and this I owe to many of my peers and teacher, Mrs. Lautrette, who has helped me achieve the score I achieved. 

I have learnt a lot of TOK components since my first practice TOK presentation. In my practice TOK presentation, I scored a 5 which was decent but I thought I had done better. One thing Mrs. Lautrette told me in her comments of my practice TOK presentation was I had a difficult knowledge question, and that my analysis did not fully cover the knowledge question. Therefore, the most important thing I learnt that helped me improve a lot for the final TOK presentation is to formulate a quality knowledge question. I also learnt to avoid the common knowledge questions that are often structured by how one or two ways of knowing affects another way of knowing. I avoided these knowledge questions because I feel as if the question itself is generic and can be implemented into any RLS. 

Speaking or the RLS, I also learnt that it is much easier to conduct a TOK presentation with a RLS that you are truly interested in. For my practice my RLS situation, which is basically your entire TOK presentation, was about Art, and to be frank I have no interest in Art whatsoever. This, therefore, led me to a lack of will in researching and a lack of knowledge in the area of knowledge itself. Therefore, for my final presentation, I chose a RLS that corresponds to an IB HL subject of mine that I truly have interest in and passionate about. And since I am taking HL Biology and Chemistry, I thought that a RLS regarding the Natural Sciences would help me very much, and it did. 

Learning from my mistakes from the practice presentation has enabled me to score a high grade for the final presentation. So by utilising the skills I have developed for the final presentation, will benefit me when I write my TOK essay in Year 13. 

CAS Reflection 5

CAS Reflection 5/CAS Interview 2

I recently held my second formal CAS interview and the main purpose of this interview was to reflect upon the achievements and success of the projects and programs I have indulged myself in for the completion of CAS. 

Creativity:

For CAS we are required to complete 5 creativity projects. In the first formal CAS interview, one challenge I had going into the CAS program was the difficulty in participating in creativity projects. However, at the end of Year 12, and my first year in IB, I am delighted that I actually have been actively involved in 5 projects already. This, however, does not mean that I will not take part in any other projects in year 13. From my experiences in being an IB student this year, I have learnt that the minimum is never enough. To achieve success and greatness requires one to push the boundaries. This can be translated into CAS. I believe that CAS is a program that requires an individual to constantly be involved in as many projects as one can possibly handle. This is because for CAS to have an influential affect on an individual, he or she must think long term. Even after we graduate from the IB diploma, it will always be beneficial for you and others who are affected by your actions if you continue to do what you do and support them. So from this understanding, I will continue to take part in as many creative projects that I possibly can in the future.

As for the projects, I have been a part of the ATL Workshop with Year 12 and Year 7 students, The Christmas Cafeteria Decoration, Living Wall by Rachel House, Year 13 Graduation Committee, and finally the PTA Country Fair. Through these projects, I have developed and released my inner creativity side that I have been seeking for a very long time. I do not consider myself to be a creative person. I am very practical and more of doer than thinker, so through these projects, it is always good to know that I still have an element of creativity in me.

If I were to improve one aspect of creativity in the near future, it would definitely have something to do with raising environmental issues. The creativity projects that I have done, have mainly benefited me (as an individual by developing my creative side), and to a certain extent has benefited society (as in the BSJ community). Some projects where I have helped improve society’s wellbeing include the Living Wall (raising awareness for palliative care), Year 13 Graduation (I have plenty of close friends in the year above, and I would do anything to make their final memories of BSJ one to truly remember for the rest of their lives), and finally the PTA Country Fair (where I had the opportunity to interact with younger students in the school). As you can see, there has not been a lot of involvement regarding the environment, so that is a project that I am willing and seeking to be a part of in Year 13.

Activity:

For CAS we are required to complete 3 personal exercise programs. In my first year of IB and CAS, I have completed 2. One regarding running and the other swimming. As a keen athlete, being a part of various of the school’s varsity teams, I find this aspect of CAS very easy. I have a lot of knowledge about sports and personal exercise programs and have set myself and created a lot of programs in the past. Therefore, for CAS so far, I have developed 2 SMART Goals:

  • To run a half marathon in 1 hour 40 minutes in the Jakarta Half Marathon (Running)
  • To reduce my working heart rate to 140 bp after swimming 2 kilometres in 40 minutes (Swimming)

As I entered IB, it has been difficult for me to find or even make time to do the amount of sports I did in the years leading up to IB. I understand that it’s due to the nature of the IB and how rigorous and demanding the course is however through CAS I was able to maintain some form of activity that will maintain a balanced, and healthy lifestyle. As an athlete I would do anything to play sport or to exercise, and through years of experience, if there was one component of fitness that I’d like to maintain, then it would definitely be my cardiovascular endurance. This is essential in almost all sports; therefore, whenever I have the opportunity to take part in an activity, I would not be left behind because of my endurance. So through developing my cardiovascular fitness in CAS, I am still able to maintain that level of skill. 

Throughout my first year in IB, despite all the long nights and piles of homework and assignments, I still managed to make the SEASAC Football and Basketball team competing in both regional and international competitions. In year 13, I am planning to begin my last personal exercise program which involves basketball. This exercise program will begin as soon as year 13 begins and will last all the way up to the end of the Basketball Season in early March of 2018.

Service:

For service, I have completed 1 out of the 3 requirements, which is the Jakarta Marathon Fundraiser. The other two requirements are going to be completed very shortly, most probably by the end of term 1 in year 13. It is Optimal Health and Student Council Executive. I have been a part of this program throughout my entire time in year 12, and will run further into year 13 when we will officially hand over the CAS Service Group, and mentor the future student council executives to the upcoming year 12s.

For the Jakarta Marathon, I raised money for Sekolah Bisa, around Rp. 27,000,000. This money was then used to purchase supplies and pay wages necessary to keep the school running. In Optimal Health, we have conducted 3 main projects and many secondary projects. Our main projects included rice rack, vaccination and dentist, and the secondary projects included fundraisers, logo update, and advertising video. Lastly, for Student Council executive, we have been working with a wide range of people including students, teachers, board of governors, PTA, Cafeteria Staff, Admissions Office, Business Director, and Head of IT. We have also been working with the primary student council. Our aims this year were to host events throughout the year that aimed to breakdown the barriers between year groups and build a more integrated school community that would boost school spirit. We also focused on, this year to a greater extent than last year, on the not so obvious issues that students aren’t very familiar with. This includes the traffic system, communication between faculties, technology issues, transparency, and generally being more involved in discussions with higher ranked individuals of the school.

If there was one thing that I gained through these service projects is that it had improved my confidence. These service projects have led me to communicate and deal with a wide range of people, from friends, to students, to teachers, to higher ranked individuals in the school that I may or may not have met or spoken with before. Therefore, these experiences have taught me how I need to present myself in front of different audiences in the workplace. 

During these projects, many challenges were easily avoided through the use of technology. For all three of my service projects, technology has made our jobs so much easier. We use technology for communication when keeping in contact with third parties or donators (Jakarta Marathon) and even students and teachers (Student Council Executive). We use technology to keep meeting minutes for Optimal Health and Student Council Executive. We use technology to keep track of information and things we do, this is probably most evident in Optimal Health where we had to keep a file that records all the Students of Sekolah Bisa’s medical history. Technology, due to its accessibility, communication purposes, the cloud (for saved files), and research has helped my three projects services tremendously. I don’t think my service projects would be as successful if it wasn’t for the use of technology!