Grade 8:

Similarly to grade 7, I participated in the Junior Student Ambassadors (JSA) as the vice president of this club. I think that this really helped me develop international-mindedness because I was interacting with peers who came from all over the world, and it was my responsibility to make them feel welcome, regardless of language barriers or cultural differences. This also challenged me because I was quite shy back then but I had to be friendly and a leader for my new classmates. I did develop some leadership skills through this, and I also made new friends and became more aware of cultural differences. Below is just a screenshot of my sending out email reminders for managing the club.

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Grade 9:

In grade 9, I read to kids and helped to teach them english. DSCF6262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a photo of me reading an english book to an underprivileged kid and helping them to learn english. I definitely learned a lot through these experiences. I typically do not know how to interact around kids, but this really helped me learn what strategies work to teach and become friends with young children. While I know that I still need to work on interacting with children, I am more confident knowing how to play with them and enjoy spending time with these kids. Some of the big things I learned is to smile a lot, ask them questions about themselves and play along with any games that they want to play. Working with kids is difficult, but extremely rewarding.

 

Grade 10:

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In grade 9, I also participated in cooking for a cause, where we work with christian action and cook a meal for refugees. However, grade 10 was when I really started actively participating. This year, I served as secretary for this club, where my role involved working with the president, vice president and other execs to plan, organise and come up with ideas. One idea that I contributed was to have a bake sale, but price everything at 15$, as this is the average price per meal that is spent on a refugee at christian action. I really enjoy doing this, not only because I love to cook, but I feel like we can see the progress as we serve the refugees ourselves. While our service doesn’t help refugees support themselves, I still think that we are helping refugees by providing them with food every other week.

Inside the school:

What?

So during this semester, I did a lot of community service inside the school. I have volunteered to help out at the Parents Night to help  parents find their way.  I have also sung Christmas songs to the little kids with other grade sevens.

So What?

For singing to the kids, my experience was not really what I expected, which was just a bunch of grade 7’s singing, but I found it was a lot more fun because me and my friends sang together and we smiled and laughed a lot. Overall, I felt happy singing and it was even better that we were entertaining the kids.

 

For helping the parents at parents night, even though I was just standing in one place it was hard work because I had to lift up signs for a long time and I also had to talk a lot and guide the parents the right way. Overall, I think that it was good that I helped because I know the parents would have trouble finding certain rooms like the G7&8 Art room or the Drama Room. It was a good experience overall.

Now What?

I had a lot of fun doing these activities and more around the school and I would like to volunteer when more opportunities like this come up.

For Community and Service Outside the School:

For community and service outside the school, me and my friend got together and did a beach cleanup on a small beach not far from where we live. We collected 10 bags of trash.

 

So What?

I was really surprised seeing all that trash because it really was a small beach and from first glance looked like it had no trash. But as we got closer we found tons of styrofoam and plastic under the bushes and bits of plastic on the beach. I think this really shows that if a small beach could contain 10+ bags of trash then our environment is really bad, and I think doing this beach cleanup has helped. I know that just a small beach won’t do much, but now we have 10 bags of trash to not worry about anymore.

Now What?

I think the reason there is so much trash isn’t because people visit it and litter, but because the ocean washes it up. I think people really have to stop throwing things in the sea and killing marine life as well as wrecking our environment. Even though I have done 1 beach clean up n Grade 6, I would like to do more because seeing so much trash really bothered me and it felt good cleaning it all up independently.