Camp & Kayaking

Camp & Kayaking

From November 19th to November 30th, grade 6 went to camp in Sai Kung with Outward Bounds.

The activity in camp I didn’t enjoy the most was just getting in a circle in the water (I don’t know what it’s called). I didn’t really understand the point of the activity, It also made us get much much colder and more nervous about what we were going to do next like the water activities.

The hiking part of camp is also one of the activities that i didn’t enjoy the most. The 2 good things were: Getting new experiences and you get more exercise. I didn’t enjoy hiking because the slope was really steep and dangerous and anybody could fall, but the people far ahead didn’t help people at the back. I also didn’t enjoy it because there were lots of mosquitoes and bees and lots of people can get stung and bitten (Which will hurt and annoy you)

One of the activities i enjoyed was the rope course. It wasn’t that hard but it was fun to walk across the rope. The things that could’ve made the activity better was that if the supporters could have some other job to do instead of stand in front/beside/behind the person walking on the rope and have their hand out. Maybe next time they can have some challenges.

My favorite activity is kayaking, because I like to do water activities, and kayaking lets you go anywhere that is connected to the ocean (Different islands).  The bad thing that happened when we were kayaking was that me and my friends had to go to the bathroom badly but there was no bathroom on the kayak or on the sea. So we had to learn to be patient to wait for people to be faster and go to the island together.

At the end of camp, I thought that it was a good experience and I enjoyed most of the activities. We learned a lot about the environment and how to protect it, and different skills like how to kayak, how to wear a lifejacket properly, etc. We also learned how to cooperate. I think that Outward Bounds provided us with a good experience (outside of home).

My Home Learning Environment

How I would want my home learning environment to LOOK LIKE

I enjoy working in big/spacious areas. It makes me be able to be in a more comfortable position when i’m writing/typing.

How I would want my home learning environment to SOUND LIKE

I want there to be noise, but at a point where I can concentrate. That way, when i’m doing homework/anything else, It makes me feel less awkward.

Just like how music helps people concentrate, it helps me in the same way.

Sometimes when I do my home learning at school, I get used to hearing the loud noises and a lot of people talking. Doing home learning at the same time when I hear several people talking makes me less dizzy (as sometimes I get dizzy when I hear many noises).

How I would want my home learning environment to FEEL LIKE

I would want to be in a comfortable position when i’m writing/typing. When I’m typing, I usually like to put my leg straight. When I’m writing, I feel more comfortable with my feet almost touching the ground. Being comfortable is one of the many ways of how it makes me work better. It affects how messy I write,

How I can Improve my Home Learning

This year, I think I can improve my home learning by a lot. My goals for this year:
-being more organised

-thinking before I write

-do home learning on paper

I need to be more organised — Sometimes i put the start of something in the end and something that I did later than that in the start. I can also try and write neater because sometimes I want to hurry up and finish what i’m writing so then if I found something else out, I wouldn’t forget it.

Being organised is not only for the presentations of my homework, I also have to organise my things properly so that i remember where i put things — so that I know where I put everything and I won’t lose any of my home-learning books.

I need to think before I write — When I make mistakes, I try to erase as hard as i can (because I write very hard on the paper), and I eventually crumple the paper. This also relates to being organised — i need to think of where to put a paragraph and where not to, and I need to make sure that the sentence i’m writing makes sense.

Although I’m fast and better at typing than I am writing and drawing, I should do more of my home learning on paper. It looks nicer, and it would require less work to do — I wouldn’t have to paste it in my journal.

How I’m Going To Challenge Myself Next Week

This week, we have been working on math and we have been doing math activities — Visual representations, the meaning of constants and variables, divisibility rules, etc.

Most of the things in math i’ve been doing have been a little bit easy for me. Next time we do a math activity, I would want to try to challenge myself by using a different strategy to solve math problems. I might also try reading the harder things like reading the harder article, or trying the harder word problem.

When I was doing home learning, I also noticed that I’m doing the easier and more simple tasks. Next time, I think I should look for harder things to research about or just aim further (write more, more details, etc). So that i don’t cram anything on one day, I think i should do 2 hard ones that would take some time and 1 regular one that requires less amount of time. This is how i will challenge myself next week. 🙂

Artist in Residence Project

The Artist in Residence project is a project where we have to split into groups consisting of  5 people. We had to design something more than a dress, shirt and pants. We needed to use unique fabrics and try to not use cloth, because that’s what nearly every dress is made out of. Our dressed needed to be LIFESIZE! Our group is using a garbage bag(Where you put all your garbage in and throw it away), it’s a unique fabric explaining that you shouldn’t treat your body like garbage. The Artist In Residence project is raising a charity for kids4kids. CDNIS is selling tickets for our show and the money goes to that charity. Our grade (Maybe grade 4, i’ve heard about it but I don’t know) is hosting a fashion show.

Our product is a dress which represents that people should eat more nutritious food. People need to eat nutritious food because it benefits your health, and the brain. Not eating enough nutritious foods, can give you stress, you can get sleepier than normal, and nutrition gives us energy to work. It’s just like breakfast, but if you walk around you might fall over. You might also get ill, like having a heart disease or a stroke. It is a serious risk and you wouldn’t want that to happen to you. So eat nutrients!

Sometimes when you grow older, you won’t really care about eating too much junk, and you would probably like it less. You would probably go to a club and eat donuts all day but that’s not good for you. It’s just like peer pressure, you want people to like you so you do whatever is a trend or anything like that. You probably eat more pizza, because everyone does, but that’s not good for your body. You shouldn’t eat too much protein without any vitamins. Just protein is just like sugar and it affects your health. This is why nutritious food is good to eat.

I think our group’s efforts were good, but we were a bit slow with creativity. The dress was too simple, so we changed it. I think we did pretty good for organization and cooperation because we worked together to know what we were doing. We seperated the jobs evenly so that we all got to do something or bring something. We did good on cooperation, but sometimes we went  too off task. We are in a good spot and I think we will have enough time to finish our Artist In Residence project. I think we could be a little more open minded and be more creative, we need to be open minded because neither of us wanted to be the model.

HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

On the start of November, we started a new unit called How we Organise Ourselves. The central idea was: “Being organised empowers us to take action more effectively.”. The way an organization empowers itself effectively is by having leaders and lots of workers.

The reason why companies/organisations need to be organised is because not everyone can lead a company. People may have different perspectives of things and there may be many arguments. Workers also can have different opinions. Many people have different opinions of things, so the leader can decide what to do.

We learned all the leaders that you could be: Visionaries, Doers, Reasoners and bridge builders. Out of all the leaders I could have been, I chose that I would be a bridge-builder. A build bridger’s talents are having compassion, having communication skills, oratory skills and listening skills. The task of bridge builders is that they have to hold team meetings, give pep talks, manage things, and get people to calm down and get people to meditate.

We got a piece of paper, there were a bunch of gifts on there such as being a good listener, having physical strength, bilingual, being a good writer, a speaker, outgoing, athletic, musical, and artistic. Out of all of those gifts, I think I am a good listener and a good writer. I think I’m a good listener because I think I can help my friends through difficult times. I think I am a good writer because I can hurriedly draft/write letters to people (Especially on computers!).

The way an organisation’s form empowers it to function properly is that an organisation can have good people (There are executives, board of directors, etc). They can also have people that have the most/good experienced workers. The way the company decides decisions, is by having the executives and the board of directors decide decisions. The good people can make the company/Organisation function really well. We have been recently working on something called TwoPresents. TwoPresents is an organisation that connects with many different charities. They ask people to contribute by giving gifts for many different charities. Their mission is to reduce plastic waste.

My group for TwoPresents is the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. We organised by starting with a plan of a board game Then we tried it on google drawings. The person from TwoPresents said our game was a very creative board game. I think it will be effective because it will make patients that are in the hospital less bored. It might also be able to reduce stress, and get your mind off of being scared (if you are). The people who are contributing are the TwoPresents people, and students. I think our group is good and we have done a successful job of contributing to TwoPresents.