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Final CAS Reflection

For Service:

Define in specific terms what you achieved in your service project/s and the degree to which you are satisfied with the outcome/s.

In my service projects, I have successfully met the goals I set at the start of Y12. I have also handed over all the projects to Y12 students before the December break.

Define what you have audited/assessed to be the benefit of your service to others? – the sustainability of the impact and the what way/s might you have added greater value.

Optimal Health – We have helped several SB kids get their vaccinations and dental checkups this year. Alongside the partnerships we have established with different companies for these vaccinations and checkups, future SB students will be able to benefit from this project too.

Formals – We worked with the current Y12s last year to organise the previous Y13 formals, this gave them some kind of guidance and insight as to how the formals committee should work. As a result, this year’s formals was incredibly successful.

Building Literacy Indonesia – Expansions in this projects have been made, therefore, more underprivileged kids will be able to develop their love for reading. We also started working alongside other schools, which will help with this project’s sustainability.

Define how you have grown/developed as you approach the end of the program?

Collaboration is always a difficult task with people you’ve never worked with. Through CAS, I have had to learn to adapt to the way other people work in order to reach a compromise and effect a positive chance. Through CAS, I have also had the chance to engage with communities unlike my own and become more aware as a person, as to what life can be like. My attitude towards working with new people has definitely changed throughout these past 2 years.

What, overall, is the best indicator of your engagement in Service?

The feedback I’ve received from the people involved in my projects is the best indicator of my engagement in service.

What is the single most significant learning outcome for you that is transferrable to the next stage of your life and beyond?

All the LOs have a level of importance in the next stage of my life, but I think one that I am sure is vital is LO4: I show commitment, I persevere. Perseverance is something I have learnt to be incredibly important in success. When faced with challenges, one shouldn’t easily give up as there is almost always a solution over the horizon.

How successfully did you manage to incorporate technology in a way that revealed the capacity of technology to support people when engaged in effecting change?

Optimal Health – we digitalized all of the paper records since the start of this project in order to facilitate easy access for everyone in the group and Pak Adimas. It also made it easier to track the different schedules each student had for their vaccinations and biannual checkups.

Formals – Advertising was done digitally in order to conserve paper.

Building Literacy Indonesia – A website and instagram were put up in order to reach a larger audience.

In what ways have you managed the sustainability/perpetuity of your Service – whether by handing over to Yr 12 or in terms of the project being sustained by those you served?

Since the handover in November, my groups and I have been moderating each project once a month to see their progress. Additionally, we also have some form of input as to what they are doing now in order to further the projects.

 

For Creativity:

Overall, how effectively did you incorporate Creativity (in Service) in a way that enhanced your capacity to serve others or address social issues?

In CAS, I often used creativity as a means to motivate individuals who are involved in the project towards the positive change each project aimed towards. I would say the outcome has been quite good.

What have you learned about how Creativity can be integral to positive change?

It is integral in positive change as it helps individuals express their inner desires to effect said change, and creativity often helps string ideas together. Which may help in understanding the need of positive change.

 

For Activity:

In what specific ways have your grown/developed as result of ‘activity’ during the program? How might you have done better?

I have developed a liking towards fitness and have been doing sports more regularly nowadays. However, I would have liked to challenge myself more throughout this process. Possibly with more specific goals.

For ‘activity’, what personal achievement best demonstrates your persistence or determination to be active?

I have been doing at least 6,000 steps a day every day since the completion of the activity. Though it may seem small, I would say it is a good show of persistence.

 

Overall:

Have you completed the X required Reflections, incorporating Creativity, Activity and Service) with Evidence, and posted them to the CAS Category of your blog?

Yes, it’s under the CAS category linked here.

Art for SB! (Creativity)

We’ve been running sessions since November 2016 and it’s been a journey, to say the least, to be able to run it weekly. It’s been an amazing year teaching the kids from Sekolah Bisa art techniques and modules like colour theory, graphite drawing, macaroni art, masks, pop art, etc.

We have continuously posted on our Instagram page @artforsb on the projects we have done. 

 

Additionally, here are the reflections on each LO for this project:

LO1: Awareness of strengths and areas for growth

  • Our main strength is our creativity. Making art itself is a creative process and we try to make lessons as engaging as possible in relation to what the kids are interested in.
  • Organisation is also a strength of this project. We plan ahead for lessons and we organise snacks and the venue to make sure the session runs smoothly.
  • Initiative is another strength that we have, which we will explain further in LO3.
  • An area of growth would probably be communication between members and Pak Adimas. For example, communicating well between each other so that there are at least 2 members present each session and if none of us can make it, Pak Adimas should be told at least a day in advance.

LO2: Undertaking new challenges

  • Teaching Art – We are students, we’ve been learning our whole lives, so we aren’t used to having to explain things. Art also presents a challenge in how it is a skills-based area – it’s more about creative instinct and picking up techniques rather than memorising a syllabus. We tried to model our lessons to what we learned in KS3, giving as many demonstrations as possible. We learned that a lot of planning and thinking goes into one lesson. For example – coming up with plan b in case the children did not engage in the first activity. Though it was a challenge for us to teach Art, this experience helped us learn a lot about the teaching process.
  • Interacting with children – Though the children can immerse themselves once they are engaged, they can often get distracted. For example, if we have laptops out, the kids will ask us again and again to play music, and they would waste 10 minutes fighting over which music to play. We learned how to maintain the children’s focus during class by improving our improvisation skills – once the kids started to lose interest, we dropped or developed the activity into a more interesting one. For the music issue, we established a no music rule until the last ten minutes of class. Implementing this was quite tricky at the start because we had to be nice and strict at the same time.

LO3: I plan and initiate

  • We had to create lesson plans before every session to ensure that we always know what we’re doing. We had to prepare alternatives so that we’d be ready in case the children suddenly decide that they don’t enjoy whatever activity we had planned.
  • We also need to be aware of timing – this can be in terms of each individual session where we had to make sure the tasks we give them were doable within a one hour period, but also in the long term the project must be finished by the end of the term. We always had to track their progress and be aware that sessions may be sometimes cancelled and that some kids might miss certain days.

LO4: Working collaboratively with others

  • As we’ve mentioned before, we often organise for snacks to be distributed to the kids, we have collaborated with CAS Baking to give the kids a variety of snacks every week.
  • Another way we have worked collaboratively is when we plan our lessons weekly, such as preparing materials and what to say to the kids.
  • Lastly, as we are an art group, we, of course, work together to come up with ideas that could work for the project. This is one of the most collaborative processes we have in this project as we each have different art styles that would give rise to interesting modules.

LO5: Showing perseverance and commitment

  • Started the project in October 2016, still doing lessons in November 2017 which is beyond the required duration of as CAS service project
  • We tried to minimise cancellations, even in term 1 of yr 13 which I think is the busiest time of the IBDP. Even though it is unavoidable sometimes we always coordinate between the members to ensure that there are at least 2 of us at every session.
  • Also, we made sure to always update our Instagram account whenever a project is finished.

LO6: Engaged with issues of global importance

  • Poverty – We know our project won’t miraculously resolve all the problems of poverty the kids are dealing with. But by exposing the children to Art, we hope that the children will grow a liking for Art and that our lessons will impact them in the future. We want the kids to know that there is a choice to pursue a different path than others.

LO7: Consideration of ethical implications

  • We made sure to have a degree of sensitivity towards the children’s religion. For example, we avoided Christmas themed projects and made sure not to eat or drink, and to not give out snacks during Ramadan months.
  • We also made sure that the snacks are halal
  • Constantly interacting with the kids instead of just talking amongst ourselves
  • Don’t swear or discuss controversial topics

Saying Goodbye to the Couch Potato Life (Activity CP4)

It’s been a long journey of over 6 months. I’ve tracked my steps almost every single day and I’m beginning to look forward to my daily walks.

Over these past 3 weeks, I’ve had days where I would walk much more than others. The main reason behind this fluctuation is the fact that I was on a cruise for a few days, which registered as a low number of steps. I made up for the lack of walking on the treadmill by running instead. Every night at 9pm, I would go to the gym and run for 20 minutes alongside other workouts. This occurred from the 24th to the 29th of December. There were also days that were above the average. For example, the 31st of December and the 2nd of January, where I walked over 20,000 steps. Additionally, I was travelling back to Jakarta on the 3rd and 4th of January, which accounts for the less than 6,000 steps on those days.

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved these past 6 months with this activity and I’m going to keep trying to meet my daily goal. I also think that I have achieved the LOs that I discussed in CP1 (YAY!)

Here’s to many more CAS blogs!

Couch Potato No More! (Activity CP3)

It’s been a few months since the last checkpoint and I’ve somewhat kept up with my target of walking a minimum of 6,000 steps a day. There were times that I completely ignored my daily goal or when I was too sick to walk around my neighbourhood but there were other times that I exceeded my goal, as seen from this photo below:

 

Due to this, I have resorted to setting a daily reminder on my phone when I wake up at 6am and after dinner at 8pm to remind myself of the target. Since then, I have gotten better at achieving it.

Tomorrow, I am starting my December break and am going abroad. For the next 3 weeks, I will monitor my walking to keep myself accountable.

So… see you in 3 weeks!

Building Literacy Indonesia (Service)

Building Literacy Indonesia sessions run every Saturday in 2 different locations and I’ve been placed in the Kemang location. There, kids from the shanties nearby gather to develop the habit of reading. I’ve attended sessions every other week to help the kids with activities that happen after reading a few chapters.

There are many experiences throughout the year-long journey that can be reflected upon using the IB LOs:

LO1: I identify my strengths, I identify areas for growth

  • Throughout the year, we grew as a group. We improved our teamwork skills. Also, we became better at teaching the kids. We continually enhance our programs, by reading short stories to them, playing Charades and Pictionary, and asking students to write their own narratives.

LO2: I undertake challenges, I develop new skills

  • We hosted events in a local school for 100 students, expanded to two different areas, and collaborated with 3 non-profit organizations.

LO3: I plan and initiate

  • A lot of planning was put into raising funds, as well as planning for our reading club sessions every week.

LO4: I show commitment, I persevere

  • We were committed to our project by coming to the reading club once every week. We persevered even though we had school work and other activities.

LO5: I demonstrate collaborative skills, I recognise the benefits of collaboration

  • Partnered with recognized organizations in Jakarta (Cerita Mentari, ISCO and Wandering Books Foundation) and Ubud Writer’s Festival.

LO6: I engage with issues of global significance

  • We raised awareness about the problem of literacy in school and our community, by talking to students and also creating social media accounts.

LO7: I recognise ethical issues, I act ethically

  • When visiting each site make sure that members are wearing appropriate clothing and speak politely in front of the students. Also, ensure that the teaching materials used are appropriate for the children’s age range.

Less of a Couch Potato (Activity CP 2)

It is my last day abroad and I’ve met the minimum 6,000 step quota for 34 out of 35 days, which I would say is a good try! I am pleased with how I’ve kept up this activity throughout the summer and I plan to do it throughout the year.

As seen from the photos above, I actually averaged around 12,000-13,000 steps a day. I underestimated the amount of walking and actual exercise I did during the summer. Throughout the rest of the school year I still plan on walking a minimum of 6,000 steps but during the December break, I’m also heading abroad for 3 weeks which I also plan to track.

I never thought walking a bit more would make me feel healthier. I have actually lost 2 kgs throughout this summer, and this activity no doubt has contributed to that.

Well, to end this blog post, I will leave you with a quote that I think encompasses this activity:

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

Hmm.. I don’t think Hippocrates meant it literally but it fits 🙂

A Walking Couch Potato (Activity CP1)

This summer, I’m heading abroad for 5 weeks. Most days, I’d be in front of a laptop doing revision work or researching for a paper I have due. So, I’ve set a smart goal of walking a minimum of 6,000 steps a day. Throughout the first half of 2017, I walked on average of 5,000 steps a day, which is not a good number. Additionally, when I get back from my summer trip, I plan on walking my dog 3 times a day around my neighbourhood.

According to health.com, “Hong Kong came in at the top of the list, with an average of 6,880 steps every day. Indonesia ranked last, with residents there only walking 3,513 daily.” Although I am above average statistically, I’d like to improve the number.

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright

I plan on using the health and pedometer app on my iPhone to track my progress and through this activity, I intend to work towards the following learning outcomes:

LO3: I plan and initiate

  • It takes initiative to do this daily but I have set a time before lunch and after dinner to walk around town to fulfil the 5,000 step quota.

LO4: I show commitment, I persevere

  • I aim to commit to doing this activity after the summer holidays in addition to other activities I do for CAS such as Nike Fitness and Tennis.

I am determined to be at least somewhat less of a couch potato during the summer break so this will be a good start!

CAS Interview 2 Reflection

I had my second CAS interview on the 26th of May. Here is a little check-in on all of my projects so far this year:

Creativity

My current ongoing project is Art for SB! and we’ve managed to explore several modules with the kids, including colour mixing and clay masks. I think that the group has done an excellent job on engaging the kids with art that they like. We conducted a mini survey on whether they liked what we were doing in the classes, and they told us that they liked more hands on forms of art, which is why we chose clay masks as the next module. The clay masks also incorporated their culture and other cultures we introduced to them; for example, Lina made a Venetian inspired mask while Rohmat and Rahmat made masks inpired by V from ‘V for Vendetta’. I also discussed completed projects like the country fair and what I’ve learnt from it.

Activity

The first activity I did for CAS was Nike Fitness, which I did from November 2016 to March 2017. My goal was to increase cardiovascular fitness, which I measured through my heart rate. I started off with quite a low heart rate – 68, and have dropped down to an average of 64. I would say that that is quite a measurable and good progress, considering that I was severely unfit at the start of the year. In addition to that, I have lost 6.5kg through this activity. I think it was a combination of a healthier diet and high intensity exercise that Nike Fitness offered that allowed me to lose the weight. The second activity that I am currently doing for CAS is tennis, I started this activity in term 3 and plan to continue this outside of school. I used to play tennis but stopped due to an injury, but I have decided to relearn it for my CAS activity. I plan on playing at least once a week for 2 hours. I think my goal would be to be able to develop basic skills to play a game of tennis such as serving, forehand, backhand, and volleys.

Service

A service project that I have completed is being part of the Formals Committee, where I was head of the deco team and worked alongside an event organising company called Paper Tree. I would say that the event went smoothly and that I’ve learned a lot from it, such as teamwork, organisation, and communication skills. Another service project that I have completed for the year is Optimal Health, in which we successfully vaccinated 13 children for typhoid. We plan to start a dentistry program, which we have funded through bake sales and collaborating with Global Assistance clinic. We have documented the journey through photos in an organised google drive folder. My role in Optimal Health was highly based on database and data collected from the SB students as I was part of the profiling group.

Extended Essay Reflection 2

16 JUNE 2017 – 2nd Formal Meeting

I can acknowledge that my progress on my EE has not been much since the last reflection due to the busy term 3 schedule. However, what I have had time to do is set up a rough outline for the whole of the essay and rewrite my introduction. I found it difficult to write a coherent introduction as I find myself often wanting to include a lot of statistics and much more information than needed. I have moved several sentences to other parts of my essay which has helped me start the subtopics. Additionally, I have also found it difficult to narrow down my resources as my topic is so vastly researched. To fix this issue, I have spent more time analysing my resources and making comparisons between several journal articles before using it. I have updated my action plan as much as I can up to the 18th of September when the first draft is to be uploaded. My plan for the summer includes spending 3 weeks at the University of St. Andrews where I will be given full access to their library and resources, which I plan to utilise as much as I can. Nonetheless, I am undoubtedly more motivated than ever before to utilise my summer effectively and to finish a rough first draft of the essay by the time year 13 starts.

CAS Mind Map / Reflection 4

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