We wanted to make clothes for the fashion show for the A.I.R Yes Talent. I was in a group with DL, Calvin, Ashley and Audrey. For the design thinking process, we didn’t really do the empathise stage and the define stage, so we skipped straight to the ideate stage. Ideate: we came up with a few ideas. The first one was house of cards. We planned to make a newspaper dress with cards on it. Suddenly, somehow some of our group members changed it to angel. Now, we were making a dress with wings on it. Me, DL and Calvin did the wings and Ashley and Audrey were making the dress. Prototype: We managed to finish making the wings and make the design for the dress. After Ashley and Audrey finished making sure the dress fits, and after Calvin finished painting the wings, it was time to go, and Ashley and Audrey glued the wings to the dress with the hot glue gun. Test: We will test it when we have the fashion walk. Making it was really fun!
Today, we did the artist in residence (or A.I.R) program. The A.I.R was a group of people called Yes Talent. They make fashion clothes and they taught us all about things like drawing the plan for the clothes people wear and the different types that we could make. We had to make different types of fashion clothes in our groups and there would be this fashion show after we finish making them. We also went to this performance called Splat, which had three people performing different poems and sometimes, they invited kids up to perform too. Then, we made our own poems. I made one with DL, and we also got some help from Mr. Roberts. When I read my poem to the class, it was really fun!
For TwoPresents, my group’s charity was Kids4Kids. The people in my group were: me, Calum, Victoria and Sarah. The project we worked on was a activity book/invitation card with activities like a sudoku, a crossword and a word search. We worked really well together and made our projects good. We did have a few problems like the sudoku was too hard for us to figure out the answers, the word search needed the answers and we scanned it onto the computer upside down, but it was still really good.
Last Friday, we had the 5E assembly! At first, our idea was to make it about the STP unit and christmas, so that’s what we did. We split up into different groups for the skits and the group I was in was about child soldiers. We came up with a script but it turned out to be inappropriate so we changed it to an interview about the different issues around the world. We only had two or three days when we changed it to LGBTQ, but then the script was really confusing so we fixed it and it got better. All of us remembered our lines but we could still work on knowing when to say them but it went well.
We went to the Asbury Social Service centre today! Asbury is for helping the people in subdivided homes if they have any problems. During our field trip, we got a quiz on how much we knew about subdivided homes. Then, there was a guest speaker who lives in a subdivided home called Francis Ho who told us about what it was like to live in one. He was also interviewed by BBC before. After that we went to meet a family that is living in a subdivided house but before that, we bought resources for them. We got lots of fruits and vegetables and lots of toilet paper. When we got to their home, it was bigger then I thought. The people living in it was a mom and her child, and they said they lived in it for 2 years. They answered our questions and told us all about what it was like living in it. When we went back down, we played in the playground on the exercise machines. This field trip was quite fun.
Today, an organisation called Amnesty came to our school. Amnesty is an organisation that is fighting for human rights all around the world and they made a video about all of the problems that is going on in the world.They have been established in 1961 and won the nobel peace prize in 1977! They showed a cycle that they use to take action. They said that the cycle was influence, campaign, research, publicise, mobilise and pressure/lobby. Sometimes they go to a place to communicate with the staff in a big meeting to organise the actions they are taking. The way they take action is they spread awareness about the problems that people don’t know about and they also organise things like the umbrella movement.
We had a math assessment! This time, there were questions where we had to find the perimeter, use a limited amount of numbers to make as many decimals as we can, converting decimals into fractions and more. It was better than the last one because this time, I actually looked at the questions before I started solving the questions so I knew how to do it and I didn’t miss things. I think I actually did it too carefully, because I only had a few minutes left for me to do the last question and I kind of rushed it. The hardest question for me was the second last one. I spent a long time figuring it out, but I think I got it right. The math assessment was actually quite fun. Next time, I think I can spend a bit less time on each question so I won’t be so rushed on the last one.
On Wednesday, we went to the Pok Fu Lam village for a field trip! The village was really big and all of the houses were so close to each other, it was like a maze that we had to go through to find all of the cool things that we could see. Each of the groups found different things. Some groups including my group found the fire dragon, another group found the silver dragon head spouting water (my group couldn’t really get there because we didn’t have enough time), some found the bogong shrine, lots of groups found the hay silo (including my group) and all of us saw the dairy farm quarters. The field trip was quite fun!
Today, we listened to a presentation about 3 of the groups that helps refugees in Hong Kong! The three organisations we listened are RESPECT, Cooking for a cause and Free to Run. The first one we listened to was RESPECT. They explained why they help a lot of refugees and how they do it. The RESPECT club helps give refugees education, support, pays for the refugee’s transport, has stationery and sanitary items drive and they have tutoring sessions. The next one was Cooking for a cause. They told us about what they do to help and also how they work with Christian Action. Christian Action is this company that provides over 600 families with basic needs. Cooking for a cause prepares, cooks and serves food to lots of refugees. They try to make the food which is familiar to the refugees, like the food from their countries and they also do bake sales to raise money. The last one we listened to was Free to Run. Free to run encourages refugees to do sports to keep them healthy, make them feel better and gives them something to do. The programs are hiking to heal, track training, swimming, the kids program and study and mentorship program. The programs that they do help refugees sleep better, improve energy levels, more self-esteem, less headaches, less sleeping and antidepression pills taken and better health. I think they have done well in helping those refugees out there in Hong Kong.