Design Day Term 1

My key takeaways from today’s design day were that in order to succeed quicker, you have to fail faster, so that you can improve your design in a more effective way. I also learned what a prototype really is, it is like a beta or an alpha in software, so it is an idea that is to be tested and to be perfected so then the final product can be as good as it can be. Another takeaway I had from today is that I should put more effort and thought into the design, another reason that would lead to a better product.

If I could do this all over again, I would try to have more ideas because I would need more prototypes to choose from. I think that this task was difficult because it was hard to think of a way to let liquid flow through but not back-flow into the tube. I think another way to improve my design would be to incorporate all of the team’s ideas so that we can use all the brainpower we have.

I used to think that failing quicker would lead to an even worse fail, but ever since today, I know that failing harder and quicker would only make your mistakes clearer, so that I should try to complete a prototype quicker, so then I can know my mistakes and what I need to change.

Pictures of the prototype:


20th Century Historical Events

Here is a timeline that I made of important events that took place in the 20th century.

I think that the two most important events that took place on this timeline were Hitler’s Nazi reign, and Apollo 11’s landing on the moon. I think that Hitler’s Nazi reign was one of the most influential and important event in the 20th century because he was a horrid leader and if his plan succeeded and Germany went on to win World War 2, then we wouldn’t be speaking and learning English at school, it would be German. In addition, the culture today would be completely different as there would be a discrimination towards all mankind other than the white Christians.

Also, Apollo 11’s landing on the moon was also exceptionally one of the most important events that took place in the 20th century because it helped further our knowledge on space and on the moon as well, what it felt like to have zero gravity and how it would help further research on the moon. Prior to the moon landing, there wasn’t much to know about the moon or how it looked, what terrain it has, etc. However, after the moon landing of 1969, people gained a deeper understanding of space and the moon.

Thanks for reading and I hope you gained a better understanding of what took place in the 20th century.

Crit D Reflection

I feel that I HAVE improved in my participation by answering the questions that my teacher has given us. I feel that I HAVE also improved in my playing because I have been practicing a whole lot more, meaning that there are better marks to come.

Playing Test and Theory Test

On my playing test I did really well, however, on my theory test, I didn’t do as well.

For my playing test, I am really happy because I got an 9/10, 8/10, and 7/10 for my scales and the level I achieved was an 8/10. I feel that I deserved that mark because I had been practicing for quite a bit, maybe like an hour in total.

However, for my theory test, I didn’t do very well as I got a 17/50, meaning a 2/8. I feel that I had loads of stupid mistakes that I shouldn’t have done at all and made my look like a retard, I didn’t know what a tone above was. I deserved this mark as did not practice at all, I feel that after seeing these marks, I need to practice and revise for theory.

I will most definitely not take music next year.

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Guilin CAS Trip

During the CAS trip to Yangshuo, Guilin, I had a lot of fun, mainly because I had a good group with all my friends. In these four photos, they show my friends and I hiking up Moon Hill, at the cooking school ready to eat our food that we made, my friends and I after the mud bath in the caves, and Gus, James and I ready to cook in the cooking school. This trip was a lot of fun, since I had never been to Guilin before, and my first time going was with some of my closest friends. It was a good experience because we went biking on rough and muddy terrain, we kayaked along the Li River, hiked up Guilin’s most scenic areas and finally, we went caving and relaxed in a mud bath, where we got everyone muddy. The mud in the mud bath wasn’t like the mud we see in gardens at all, this mud was soft and silky, flowing through our hands as we held them, the mud felt really smooth and it was nice and cool, very relaxing.

French Reflection

1. If I had to rate my effort and participation in French class, I think that my effort would receive a 6/8 and my participation would receive a 6/8 as well because I feel that in class, I find that I am engaged in conversations and I try my best to answer the questions that the teacher gives us.

2. I like how the teacher teaches us in many different and fun ways instead of just making us write sentences all the time. It benefits everyone in the class because some people are visual learners, some people are kinaesthetic learners, and some people just learn by writing sentences. I am a kinaesthetic learner, so the teacher helps me by playing the ball game where you have to conjugate the verbs.

3. Something that I don’t like about the class is that there are many accidents in class which obstructs our focus in class, such as water spillage. I wish that our class would be more careful so I can learn in a more effective manner.

4. 2 things that I could improve on is the range of words I use in my sentences and the pace of my speaking because I tend to think a lot when I speak in a different language to see if I’m saying it correctly.

Final Composition Comments

My melody used a good consistent rhythm to it, and the notes were all in the same scale, so the melody was conjunct. Based off of my comments and the criteria, I did not start and end with the tonic note, which is C, but I was wrong and used D as the tonic note, which made the melody minor instead of major. I also did not use tempo in the melody which was a really stupid mistake to have done.