Month: May 2014

End of Year Drama Reflections

This Year, I think that I have improved greatly in my Drama and acting skills. This is because at first, I stuck only to the roles that suited me, not the roles that challenged me. I need to take the roles that challenge me, not the ones that suites me. In the last Drama role that I had, I stepped out of my shell to become a totally different person. My character was Sampson, a hot-headed, arrogant, boastful young man, who I am completely different from. He also has one of the important roles. My progress this year in Drama in terms of a metaphor would be that my journey is a planet, rotating to come out into the light and constantly orbiting around the sun. In my case, constantly learning from my peers and teachers as well as coming out from my shell and taking on new challenges. The biggest strength about me as a Drama student would be that I can sometimes see the bigger picture and I can reason with the group if we get into an argument. The biggest thing I want to work on next year is to choose more bigger roles that I will have challenges with.

Drama Shakespearean Skits


This video shows the end product of my group’s efforts to make a re-enactment of a Romeo and Juliet Scene. We were first paired up in our groups, at first, I thought that my group wouldn’t get much done, but I was then proven seriously wrong. After we were all acquainted with each other, our Drama teacher gave my group a three page long script! At first, I thought I couldn’t memorise all of my lines and I wouldn’t be able to find anything to annotate on the script. I was again proven wrong, I practised the script with my group so much, that in the end I could memorise all my lines. I also annotated most of the script, inputing my ideas as well as the groups decisions. We have spent many Drama classes working on these and now I can honestly say that I am proud of what we had done.

KMT Court Case

I personally agree with the Jury’s verdict, because: 1) In the prosecution’s closing statements, we stated that the defence team had not protected all of the 8 points of KMT, they left out point 7. 2) The defence team did not give sufficient, compelling arguments in their closing statements. 3) Most of our prosecution team had video evidence or a graph, while some of the defence team had irrelevant pictures or video’s and graphs to support their argument. 4) Our evidence was more based on facts and evidence that everyone could see, rather than observations and guesses. 5) We were able to ask more questions that served to sway the Jury’s favour to our side. The role that I played in this KMT Trial was a Eye Witness, a person who comes up with evidence that either protects or goes against what the defence team is trying to defend. If I could have chosen another role in the court case, I would have chosen to be a jury member. This is because I am mostly unbiased on my decisions, I have friends on both sides of the case, and I have the ability to think solely on the purpose of the trial, not on whether my friends will hate me because I said their case was invalid. I learned that a Non-Newtonian Fluid (Similar to a Liquid) such as Oobleck would harden rather that turn to gas after a long exposure to heat. I also improved as a scientist during these investigations, because I was able to answer the needed questions and I am able to write detailed analysis of my investigations.

Welcome To My Blog/iFolio!!

Is my iFolio ready to be Included in School Reporting

I believe that my iFolio is somewhat ready to be reported to my parents, because I have posts for most of my subjects. Although for the posts that I do, they are somewhat concise, but informative. I am not an experienced blogger, so I know what are my limits and how far I can go when it comes to blogging. Throughout the years, I have accumulated many blog posts about my learning journey as a student. Some are pointless, some are informative, but all of them are written in a way where it looks like I am answering a question. This is one of the reasons I doubt my iFolio.

There have been many significant events in my life, most are recorded in this iFolio. My school experiences are mapped out on this iFolio, this is why I say I want to give this to my parents, so that they can read through and learn about what I have done at school and my thought process as well as how I have changed over the years. From being a Grade 5 to a present day Grade 7.

YOTH (Year of the Horse) Reflection

I quite enjoyed participating in the Year Of the Horse CNY assembly performance, even though I was just a Saxophone player hidden from view by others standing before me. A reason why is that I really like the music given to me, it genuinely sounds like something you might hear from a Chinese movie or show, until the Gangnam Style part which I also have a liking to. Last year, we were given a Gangnam Style piece of music to play but it was quite difficult, perhaps it was because I was a clarinet player last year, but it could be for any reason. I was able to grow during the course of this performance, by learning new notes and improving my hand to eye coordination needed for moving my hands up and down the instrument selecting the correct buttons to press in accordance to the Year Of the Horse music piece that was laid out in front of me during the performance.

I was also pretty happy about being semi-hidden during the performance to a audience, because sometimes I do not perform well under the pressure of a grade’s worth of eyes staring at me. Therefore I am glad to have been put in the band as a Saxophone to play a brilliant piece of music which I have to thank Mrs. Lovett for that. All in all, I enjoyed the entire performance a lot!

My Best Digital Work for 2014

This year, we have done many different pieces of work, but the piece of digital work that I am most proud of, would be my book cover. This is because before, I couldn’t have possibly done this kind of photoshop, now I know the skills needed to use photoshop, therefore I can now use photoshop with some knowledge of it.

My Community Action Service (CAS) Week into Inner Mongolia

In a previous post, I have mentioned that I had been on a excursion to rural Inner Mongolia. It was truly a trip worth remembering, and it was full of things that I have never experienced before, like the food, the accommodations, etc. The overall trip was 6 days long, but it took an entire day to get to Inner Mongolia by plane, because we had to take a plane first to Beijing which was delayed. Then we had to take another plane to Chifeng, the first town in which our group would stay in.

Day #1: We started our journey to Inner Mongolia by plane. We had to take two flights to get to Inner Mongolia, the first was from Hong Kong to Beijing which was delayed. Therefore we had to scramble to get on our next flight from Beijing to Chifeng, the first town we would stay in for our trip. We managed to get into our hotel, eat dinner, shower and get ready for the next day.

Day #2: We had our first activity on this day, which was to visit a local school in Mongolia. When we got there, we split off into 3 separate teams. Our team had the honour of going to see the cutlery-part of their school, we managed to see the young students preparing delicious desserts, carve out food with tools which we also participated in, wrapping dumplings and chopping vegetables with bewildering speed and precision. I made a new acquaintance while participating in the food carving project, this new friend taught me how to carve out food. He also gave me a carving tool as a souvenir which was very nice of him if I do say so myself. Then we managed to see what the other groups had done and finally, our CAS group and the students of the school played a few games together. Then we went to a mountain to learn about the history of some of Inner Mongolia’s greatest warriors and figures, like Gengis Khan, Kublai Khan, and Xiao Zhuang. My group learned about Xiao Zhuang who was once an Empress of China, she advised three Emperors, her husband, her son, and her grandson.

Day #3: On this day, we visited another down where we had a small scavenger hunt around the town, although all the locals were taking pictures of us which was quite annoying if I do say so myself. We also managed to eat some delicious dumplings, thanks to the generosity of a dumpling shop owner. Then we hopped on the bus to travel to a great desert in Inner Mongolia called, The Yu Long Desert. It was basically sand as for as far as the eye could see, it was also very windy and cold too! When we arrived, we then split into a few separate groups, my group luckily managed to get to ride the camels first. Although camels are unruly beast with minds of their own, I say this because that when I got on my camel, it suddenly sat down. This means that it’s front legs bent down first, bringing me sliding into the camel’s front hump, it was actually kind of fun. While we were riding the camels, I managed to calm it down enough for it to walk steadily for most of the trip. Than we went to do some water-testing exercises and surveying the desert grounds which was being urbanised to become a hotel resort kind of place. Finally we hiked up a sand dune which was not easy, because of all the loose sand. When we reached the top, we were all buffeted by the wind and sand which were all flying at us with such ferocity that we had to go back down to dune. Then we hopped on another bus, sandy and worn-out. We traveled to our new accommodations, a farmers village where we were given a stone bed to sleep in with comfortable pillows, quilts and thin mattresses. Although, there were no showers and the toilet was basically a shed with two holes dug into the ground. On the other hand, the farmers were kind enough to make a cake to celebrate my 13th birthday which was really nice of them!!! I never expected such a thing.

Day #4: We left our home stays and traveled to the great Wudan lake to take wonderful sea-side pictures, although it was really cold there. So cold that it left all of our hands numb. Then we took a bus to a hill with a wind turbine, and as we hiked up we for some confound reason started singing “Let It Go”, which was actually kind of fitting in this situation. It was also really cold up on that hill, but the scenery of the surrounding area was breath-taking, water everywhere and hills in the distance. Than we traveled to a Yurt camp where we had dinner and a late night bonfire party which was great, everyone was dancing, singing and generally having a good time, but when we returned to our Yurt. We slept on cold wooden flooring with only a thin mattress, a pillow and a thick blanket as well as combined body heat to keep us warm.

Day #5: We did quite a few things there, we did some archery where I managed to hit the target at least once! Than we did some traditional Mongolian dancing which I didn’t understand quite understand. Next we made some small animal whips which were left uncompleted. Than we did some Mongolian wrestling and managed to witness two teachers going head to head in a wrestling competition, some of us also managed to see a structure that was supposedly a Mongolian travelling waypoint. Than we took a plane to Beijing to a hotel with nice beds and proper showers and toilets!

Day #6: We took a plane back to Hong Kong from Beijing and arrived back safely home.

All in all, it was the best experience I have had away from home and the highlight would be the bonfire, because it was fun and a really enjoyable time. I wish that this trip would still be continued on, because I think that the experiences on this trip are good for students.


Algebra Criterion “A” Assessment Reflection

Recently, I have completed a assessment and a pre-assessment relating to Algebra. Some new concepts that I have learned during the time elapse between the two assessments are how to communicate my ideas perfectly to the test markers. I also learned how to inverse algebraic operations. I have also learned how to write algebraic expressions for unknown consecutive numbers, although this concept still needs some work on. I also re-learned how to properly simplify algebraic equations using division. Some concepts that I found confusing in this unit would be (like I said above) using algebraic equations to explain why the “product” (Note: Can be addition, subtraction or division) of consecutive numbers is equal to a unknown number.

Welcome to your iFolio

Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.

Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

Home Menu

Change Home Menu Attribute

3. Append the URL to read, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)

Home URL

Home URL Link

A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.

Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!

Featured image used in this post by Nathan via Flickr Creative Commons

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