Service as Action | Grade 9

For my Service as Action this year I tried to organise a plastic recycling programme for households in Hong Kong that do not have easy access to one. I did a lot of research and consulted various sources about how this programme could be implemented, and it appears that it will be put into motion this weekend.

  1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
    1. This project helped me become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses because it forced me out of my comfort zone, and to confront a big issue in my community. I realised that I have very poor interpersonal skills, and taking initiative when it involves working collaboratively with unfamiliar people does not come easily to me. Staying committed to an instance of service as action is also quite difficult for me, as plastic waste is not an issue that I would consider to be close to my heart. However, I realised that once I was put into a situation in which I was forced to work collaboratively with them, I am quite adaptable and good at communicating.
  2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
    1. I had to reach out of my typical social circle and interact with others, which developed my interpersonal skills. I also have to commit to travelling a relatively far distance every few weeks to collect rubbish, and then recycle it the next day at school, which will be a serious test of my commitment.
  3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
    1. The project in its entirety was organised by myself and a classmate, and discussing it and planning it required a lot of communication with people who could help our cause, including school administrators, parents, families, etc.
  4. How did you persevere in action?
    1. Despite the difficulties I encountered in the planning and execution stages of the project, I have and will continue doing this action. Needing to physically go to a location every few weeks or so also is never something I look forward to, but I continue to do it anyway.
  5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
    1. To plan the project I had to team up with a classmate, and from there we needed to reach out to school administrators, parents, students, and families to flesh out a plan for it to actually work, as the very nature of our service as action involved other people’s dedication.
  6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?
    1. Once again, in the collaboration stages of the project, we had to communicate a lot with different people, all of different ethnicities, including but not limited to Indian, Italian, Swiss, Scottish, and Chinese people. Each of these people developed our understanding of how people of different cultures view the issue and action at hand.
  7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
    1. Because we are helping reduce plastic waste and increase the load of recyclable plastics being recycled, the health of the environment would benefit. We also had to consider how we would actually send the plastic to a recycling plant – we wanted to put it with the rest of the school plastics, but we realised that if data were to be collected by the school on the success of its plastic recycling programme, our deposits were probably greatly interfere.

九年级年中小结 Mid-Year Reflection

我觉得比较困难的是写字,读/写文章,而且记住词语。

I think an effective way to solve all three of those problems are to spend more time familiarising myself with unit vocabulary through quizlet, and also reading basic chinese fiction to better understand article-writing.

I want to be able to better recognise Chinese vocabulary and sentence conventions. For this, I need to have a better understanding and memory of such things, due to them being largely dependent on those two factors.

九年级中文学习目标 SMART Goal

I want to be able to hold a conversation with someone comfortably and fluidly for at least a few minutes, as I believe that oral communication is the most important in any language. For this, I need to be able to quickly draw upon my knowledge and refer to my vocabulary instinctively. Because I already have a reasonable understanding of the language and am comfortable with having short conversations with my peers in Chinese, this goal seems to be quite realistic and should be attainable by the end of the school year.

 

21 May EDIT: I believe that I did manage to achieve this goal, particularly in the last unit, where I learned a lot about basic speaking skills.

G9 Chinese PH3 – Unit 1 Reflection

中文单元一:交流

 

在我们的中文交流的单元,我的 ATL 技能不太好。There were a lot of problems with my ATL skills, particularly participation and self-management. In the classes, I didn’t participate as much as I believe I should have, and so some opportunities to learn more about the unit and the concept of communication were lost. This unit I also had a very poor record of completing homework, with many of my assignments being turned in late or incomplete for a very long time (such as this blog post, which is being completed almost three months late). Though I did not perform poorly on this unit’s assessments, a more consistent and responsible completion of my homework would have certainly given me a better understanding of how to complete the test efficiently and in a stronger format, because of the homework being designed specifically to do those things.

 

I will try to be persistent in overcoming these issues, as I am the main barrier preventing me from performing better in my Chinese classes and gaining a better understanding of the language.

G9 PH3 – Unit 2 Reflection

第二个单元是 《多元化社会》。这个单元的探究说明是 “在多元化社会里,人们要以宽容的态度尊重不同民族和宗教特有的文化和传统”。我学到了一些关于少数民族的东西,比如人的文化,传统,外貌,和衣服。

 

我的少数民族报告挺不好的。这个报告是Crit C和Crit D考试。我觉得下次,我可以做更好。I scored a 5 in both criteria, which, according to my teacher, was very disappointing. I was anxious before my presentation because I knew that I had not been applying myself very much during the unit due to my feeling that most of the content was not very useful in practise. I hope that next time I feel more inclined to apply myself during regular lessons, and I believe that performing so poorly on one of this unit’s assessments may be the motivator I needed.

CAS Week 2016-2017 Reflection

During my CAS week to Yangshuo this year, we had quite a service and new-experiences-orientated trip, doing a lot of things that I had never really wanted to do or had much interest in doing. Nevertheless, it was a beneficial trip to my character as I felt I have grown in many different areas. The caving for example, made me confront my mild claustrophobia, which gave me confidence in this area for the future. During our cooking-school activity, I realised that I actually am a surprisingly good cook, enjoying the activity as well. Perhaps I will consider becoming more learned in the subject.

During our service project of digging-up a trench to connect a local school to a water-source, and then covering the trench once the water-pipe had been inserted (in addition to re-painting much of the school’s buildings), the conditions were not too bad. It was hot and humid, with lots of bugs, but it was very much bearable as we could easily cool off and have frequent breaks, whilst still ensuring the project was completed on-time. We worked for about six hours each day, for two days. Our efficiency during the project was very good, and working collaboratively was very easy and effective being able to allocate people to work in different, physical locations. The task was completely finished after the two-day period, and our organisers said that we worked with more efficiency than they had anticipated. I believe I worked quite hard and I am happy to have been a part of the project, whilst I am also grateful for last year’s CAS trip to Sabah to desensitise me somewhat to manual labour in the heat.

Waste Not, Want Not | Package-Success

fan

A portable fan’s only target audience is the audience of people who need some sort of cooling mechanism that is mobile. It is not aimed at a specific age-group, gender, or interest. My (very messy) package is effective at reflecting the simplicity of the product, whilst also using minimal materials in order to reduce production costs of the already cheap item. Applying some mathematical knowledge helped me with the creation of the net and calculation of the nose-compartment’s placement, as I was able to achieve a deeper understanding of the space and proxemics involved. By visualising the assembly of the net I was also able to estimate where the locations of the fan’s blades would be, and cut holes out accordingly without sacrificing structural integrity. If I were to do this project again I would spend more time picturing how the net would assemble in practice, as some careless errors in the sketches resulted in set-backs and reduced efficiency overall,  so when I encountered other problems like the shaping of the nose-compartment, I had less time to resolve the issue.

Waste Not, Want Not

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Through my research and investigation of package-designs I’ve learned a few things, including why it is important to create a secure package and a nice design for said package. Security in a package can benefit the manufacturing process, and an attractive design will compel customers to purchase the product. It is important to take into account the different techniques involved in creating an effective package, as these skills are important for marketing, economising, and the production of my own package as they could be implemented as necessary. Geometry in a package can be used creatively to lower one’s carbon foot-print and expenses by making shapes that would fulfil its intended purpose, but also use the minimal amount of materials. For example, in the Coca-Cola box shown above, there are triangular tabs on the fronts and backs of the box which keep the outer bottles secure, without using large amounts of cardboard.

Music PJQ No. 1

What is the benefit of keeping a steady PULSE, and what strategies can you use to develop that skill?

Keeping a steady pulse makes it easier for the player to develop rhythm skills and play better within an ensemble, because once a pulse is created, following a rhythm requires only change in speed. To improve with this I could practice playing with a metronome, tapping my foot or just practicing a specific song so there are no awkward pauses in between notes, where I need to take time to read the notes on the page.