• The sciences are all about using reason to understand the world, there is no place for emotion in science

  • I both agree and disagree with this statement. There has been much controversy over both sides of these arguments, and while I support human compassion, I also support a scientific pursuit into further understanding of our universe.

On one hand, emotions hold us back in science. For example, Christianity. The entirety of the dark ages were as a result of their morales. They literally set a dude on fire for suggesting that the Earth revolved around the sun, rather than the other way around. Set us back 100ish years in technological inventions because of their beliefs system. To what extent are our emotions reliable when determining whether or not our ends justify the scientific means?

However, at the same time emotions are what keep us alive. Our human intuition has kept us atop the food chain for millenia, and we our DNA has not adapted to eliminate it. This is because the raw human emotion we feel for our friends, family, and the nature around us is what keeps us reproducing and the world turning. When one states their qualms about animal testing, this is out of human compassion; emotion. We are aware it is inhumane, we are aware that it is wrong. This is where human emotion is important, in order to keep the planet and its inhabitants safe.

I believe that emotions deserve a place in science. On the other hand, I do not believe in the harm of abuse of nature and its creatures in the pursuit of scientific knowledge. For this reason, I believe that empathy is necessary in science, but all other emotions are unnecessary and simply obstacles.

Sense Perception

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.

Personal vs Shared Knowledge

1. Explain the map metaphor

Maps are used to display a region of the earth in a simplified version. However, not all maps serve the same purpose, so for this reason often display different topics of information. As example, a street map would display the streets in a city through scales and carefully lain out diagrams. Yet in MTR maps, stops are not always displayed to scale nor have a correct size or shape of HK.  Maps only show what you need to now, so as to better inform difference audience types.

2. What is the difference between personal knowledge and shared knowledge?

Shared knowledge is between a group of people. They are thought as of facts, as they are a shared belief among a large enough group of people. Religions, natural science laws, and other beliefs are classified as shared knowledge. In contrast, personal knowledge is something that only a single person knows or understands. All shared knowledge starts out as personal knowledge, however that does not serve to prove that one should be valued over the other, but rather they are both equally prone to being lacking or adequate in their factual accuracy.

3. If you cannot explain something to someone else, you do not know it.

I do not believe that it means you do not understand it, so much as it means that it is unimportant to others. Often we have hunches that are salient to our own survival. However, it is hard to explain a feeling to somebody who does not feel the same. That being said, another’s mental capacity to understand and analyse information does not speak to the validity of another’s knowledge and/or ability to communicate.


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

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


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Certificate of appreciation for piano performance, 2015


CommunicatorThey 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
with others.

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


Reflection on Design

To what extent has the film raised the target audiences knowledge and understanding of how the theme/event influenced the central characters?

I believe that our documentary raised understanding of prejudices faced by different people in different cultures and regions across the world. They were given evidence of how prejudice was used against people in their everyday lives to make them slaves to oppressive systems to which they broke free of. Faisal was able to eventually overcome the racism exerted upon his as a child by becoming a lawyer, Lizzy’s mom managed to succeed in the business world despite being told women couldn’t work as well as men could, and Margaret’s dad managed to overcome the discrimination that came with poverty and living in HK.


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

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Laos, Classroom Building


2014, Yau Ma Tei

Gr 7 singers (2)

2013, Choir Event


2015, Beginning of our progress at the Fijian School