Is knowledge gained from our sensory perception reliable?
I believe that to a certain extent, it is. We are quite perceptive in nature to our surroundings, should we choose to be. Furthermore, our only way of gaining knowledge is from our senses and gut instinct.
However, we are also susceptible to bias. We, as humans, are all governed by a set of rules and biases through personal experience which determine how we react to situations. Often, we only notice what we want to see, believe what we want to believe. We are not in control of this reaction, but it affects our sense perception. Therefore, the information gained through our senses cannot be trusted as your only source of information. While it may sometimes be the only sample of information, it does not mean that it is the truest, or even true, piece of information. For this reason, you should always ask for further information and look deeper into the issue before fully trusting our minds as confirmation.
Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.IB students are active participants in a wide range of aspects of campus life, as well as focusing on their academic development.
I consider myself to not only be an academic learner, achieving honour’s roll all terms, along with principal’s award two terms of grade 8 and 9, but also a balanced learner. I participate in many educative experiences outside of school such as krav maga, aerial silks, piano, and flute.
Aerial silks class (not me)
Certification of completion of flute exams, with distinction
Risk Taker: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have
the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending
their beliefs. IB students transition well to challenging university settings and show resilience and determination in their work.
In academics, they have the confidence to approach new or unfamiliar subjects or material.
I have traveled many new countries, and strayed outside of my comfort zone to experience new activities and culture. I have travelled to numerous countries, both within and outside the school’s programs despite the activities we participate in not being activities I am accustomed to. I also take risks in performing numerous times outside of school for a variety of concerts and other opportunities.
Me drinking kava, a traditional Fijian drink
Certificate of appreciation for piano performance, 2015
Communicator: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more
than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration
During the Fiji trip, I took extra measures to work in conjunction with my group mates so as to improve the efficiency of our work ethic. In consequence, we did an assembly line style of working on the concrete path which led to it being built quicker than we’d originally expected. Along with this, I am able to speak both French and Chinese at a higher level. I took French HL last year, along with being in phase 4 Chinese this year, despite not being a native speaker to the language.
Classroom at the Fijian classroom, inside of our work area.
Knowledgable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing,
they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
IB students are extraordinarily well prepared for the academic requirements of university coursework.
As a knowledgable learner, I am well-developed in my academic studies. For example, I have attained honour’s roll all terms of my upper school experience, along with principal’s award twice, and also a drama subject award. I take a variety of courses at the school, double math and music among them, to expand my academic abilities to a wider range of subjects.
Honour’s roll certificate, I do not have any photos of my certificates
Principal’s award certificate, I do not have any photos of my certificates
I consider myself to be a caring learner. Caring is defined as;
Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have
a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. IB students tell us they bring this commitment to community and others to their activities and leadership roles at university and carry it throughout their lives.
I have participated in numerous community service activities, throughout the course of my upper school experience, to show respect to other peers and communities. I act on my desire to make the world a better place, shown through my commitment to community services. Examples of this include charity work with the elderly, piano concert at a church, participating in multiple school led concerts, ushering at a school musical, teaching underprivileged children in Yau Ma Tei, building a concrete path in Fiji, and building a classroom in Laos.
2014, Winter Concert
Laos, Classroom Building
2014, Yau Ma Tei
2013, Choir Event
2015, Beginning of our progress at the Fijian School