The grade sevens went on a hike today. We hiked through the Peel Rise, starting in Aberdeen and ending in The Peak via Pok Fu Lam. It took me about 2.5 hours to get to The Peak. Once we were there, I felt so relived and I wanted to just eat my lunch and take a rest immediately. I thought it was an extremely challenging and tiring hike. There were slopes that went uphill and downhill; steep staircases and narrow paths. This was the toughest hike I’ve ever been to, the ones that I went to before didn’t have that much slopes, but more staircases, which in my opinion was easier to walk. Even though we had to trek, I thought that it was quite pleasing. I got to chat with my friends and the weather was fine, it was warm with wind from time to time. The hike was also kind of a “stress relive” event, since I have been quite busy with 3 summative assessments to be due this week, starting the week with a hike might as well help.
Here are some photos of the day:
Today, we had our first ever Design Day in grade 7. It’s a completely new thing to me. Our first design unit was connected to language A, where we need to create a logo that could represent each individual (personal identity).
We learnt about the Design Cycle in the MYP, the Pen Tool in Adobe Illustrator, some of the basics of logo creation, etc. Designing something has a certain process (inquiry and analysing, developing ideas, creating a solution and evaluating) that should be followed, we need to go through each step to ensure we are successful. Design takes up patience, because you need to experiment with different things and also face unexpected problems that needs to be solved. An effective logo should be timeless, simple and easy to remember. I collaborated with my friends and sought help from some of the teachers and my friends. I think that it’s a better way to learn by having someone demonstrating and explaining it to me, then I experiment and do it myself.
I thought that I was a great communicator and also a thinker today. When I was having trouble doing the exercises, I first tried to think and experiment around to see how I could connect the curved lines. When I still couldn’t figure it out, I asked my friend to help me out and teach me how to do it.
Here are 2 of my exercises using the pen tool:
1. Did The Giver make you think about anything in a new or different way? Explain.
I think that The Giver made me think about the world around us. There are a lot more differences than similarities in our world, because everyone has a different life and has experienced different things. Memories are one of the many things that are different for each and everyone of us. What would life be like if everyone around us shared more or less similar memories with us? Wouldn’t it be the same as if people were duplicated to a certain range of thinking? Memories are pieces of experiences and stories that happened in the past in our lives, they drive what each of us are. I think if we didn’t have memories, we wouldn’t really be able to think about things and do stuff, we can’t live without memories.
2. Why do you think dystopian stories are so popular?
Dystopian stories really interest people. The plots and events in dystopian stories constantly cause a lot of excitement and tension. The story always makes us want to know and think about many things, it is always in some sort of cliff-hanging situation. Some of the dystopia sceneries are so different from the world that we live in right now. Dystopian stories also leads people to think and reflect on problems and issues we have in our world. Then we start to think how our world is so peaceful without all the fright and tension in our society.
It has been eight weeks since school started. There were a lot of new things that we needed to adapt to. One of the new subjects in grade 7 is humanities. I think humanities is going to be an useful subject for the future (especially our jobs). Humanities is a really interesting subject because it covers both geography and history (this year). I can predict I’ll learn a lot and develop a bunch of knowledge by the end of this year. We’ve doe a summative test as well, which I’m satisfied with, I really tried my best and it turned out pretty good.
I think history is stories and events that happened in the past or in time. By learning history, we could learn lessons from the past. Evidence is crucial for learning about the past and peoples’ lives in the past. For example, a diary of someone is a type of primary source. It is a piece of evidence for knowing how people felt during an event and their opinions. TO WHAT EXTENT CAN WE TRUST HISTORY?
We’ve also done a timeline to show the major dynasties in China:
Yesterday, we went down to the grade 7s for a introduction presentation session with a grade 7 teacher, Ms. Nielsen. She is a homeroom teacher, she teaches English and History. She seemed pretty nice to me. I thought that the presentation wasn’t that fun and as interactive, but it was definitely a useful presentation just to warm us up on some of the changes and new things happening in grade 7. I find that the schedule that we need to adapt to is REALLY different and confusing. We have different days that we need to follow and it rotates every 4 days, I’m sure it takes some time to adapt to, maybe a few months. I hope I can memorize it by December, so it’s more convenient. I also think that the grading system for MYP is really complicated and I’m worried about failing and getting “really poor”. Something that I like about the upper school is probably having different teachers for different subjects. We’re going to have around 8 subjects throughout the year, English, Humanities (Geography and History), Chinese, French, Music, PE, Drama and Art. However, this also means that I need to move around the school for each lesson and for every period, which also leaves more organization and responsibility to the students. I think that I might even learn better this way. I used to think that grade 7 is hard and with everything completely changing, but after the presentation, it changed how I used to felt.
I hope I can be successful in the MYP years, I’m sort of looking forward to it…
Today was the Gr.6 spotlight performance as part of the LS Festival of the Arts. Us, grade sixes had to chose an instrument in the beginning of the year, about September. The instruments include, clarinet (I have chosen it), percussion: xylophone, cymbal and drums, flutes, bass guitars, trumpets, saxophones, euphoniums and trombones. We learnt different songs throughout the year and the performance was like a showcase of the skills in music we’ve learnt in the past year. We did 2 performance in total. For each of the performance, we performed a total of 9 songs, in 40 mins, which required a lot of concentration and effort behind it to make it happen.
It was a really great experience for me, especially for doing a solo of the variations on Ode to Joy and joining the special band (performing an extra of 2 songs). When doing my solo, I was really nervous and not confident when facing teachers, other lower school students and parents. In the first show, I was so afraid that I was going to mess up everything and got the order wrong, but after all I thought I did really well and I kept all my nervousness down. On the second show, I was much more confident and I thought that I performed even better. My mom said that she was really proud of me after the show. This band performance was a very memorable experience that I think I wouldn’t forget, I’m really proud of my achievements.
Here are some photos of the performance:
The video for the entire performance:
Click HERE to see
Bellow is a video that I created. It is just a short film explaining the best digital artwork that I have created this year and the reason why I chose it. I chose my logo from the exhibition logo competition as my best digital art. I also had fun times and times that were difficult when making the logo.
I uploaded my video on to Vimeo. It’s my first time using Vimeo, so it might not be that good, but I find it pretty easy to use.
Please check out the video and enjoy.
There is one more day left until the exhibition, I’m so excited, but also a bit nervous at the same time. I’ve done all the work that I need to do which I’m very happy about that. Tonight, I’m just going to practice over and over again the possible things that I’m going to say and go over all the work that I’ve done to see if I’ve missed anything. Today has been a productive day, on Thursday and Friday I would be really busy and it’s going to be really crazy.
Today, we took a look at our area that we are going to exhibit our work. I am very satisfied, because we are the 1st booth that the audience will see when they come in to the LLAC and we also have a lot of space to put our work. At first, I was really confused and I don’t know the exact spot that we’re meant to be in. We were at the wrong booth! Tomorrow morning we are going to setup and get everything ready, so can’t wait for that. Now, I just hope that nothing wrong is going to happen tomorrow during setup time and everything is going to go successfully. We also got our exhibition T-shirts and I really liked them, except I need to wear my skirt (school uniform) for the bottom part which doesn’t really match together.
Another thing is that I changed my mind for the action that I’m going to do. Instead of volunteering to bring some of the less fortunate kids to go around HK, I decided to just teach my 2 younger cousins how to take photos and the proper skills of using a camera. I am planning to do that next weekend, but it still has to be confirmed by their parents. I’m just going to teach them focus and flash (lighting) in auto mode, because it’s easier for them since they’re still the beginners.
Today, I managed my time really well. I got a few things that needed to be done at school. What I’m now really focusing on is the self-reflection sheet (that Mrs. Miller gave me), process journal organization(categorizing my work into the essential elements of PYP and the ATL skills), going through my work to practice what I’m going to say and lastly, my final product explanation. Some of the work that’s not mentioned above is also due tomorrow as well. For others, my goal is to get them all done by tomorrow (maybe even for homework) since I only have setup time on Thursday for the 1st 2 periods and I need to start exhibiting/presenting my work after recess.
That is pretty much it. Also, I’m going to get my T-shirts that I’m going to wear on Thursday and Friday tomorrow. I’m very excited because the shirt is magenta (purple is my favourite colour), but I heard the design isn’t that good… Anyways, we also took a look at our banners and it looked really nice, I loved it. Other groups are complaining that the word in their central idea is missing a ‘g” or something, so I’m glad that we can’t find any mistakes so far. Ms. Tan came in and show us how to put the banners up and I find it very easy, except for the higher hooks, I need to use a chair because it’s really high (around 2m). The QR code and the website also works, so I hope everything goes successfully in the exhibition. Everything is going well on this stage and I’m glad.
Thursday is the time we start to exhibit our work, which means there’re 3 more days left until the actual exhibition. I’m not that nervous as expected to present/exhibit my work/explain it to students, parents and teachers. However, I’m not sure what questions my audience is going to ask and I might not be prepared for that. I also think that if I actually did all the work and learnt something out of the entire exhibition, I should be able to manage and answer the questions. If I couldn’t answer the question, then I’ll probably say something like I’m not too sure about that, I don’t know the answer to the question or make it up on the spot. Today 6E wrote down a list of questions that the audience might ask and I jot down a few notes that might apply to me and that I could use to answer the questions. I’m not going to read it off on the sheet, it’s just a reminder of possible things that I might say. Today, I printed out most of the things from the Google Doc and filed it in my process journal, I typed up the explanations for each of my photograph, worked on the website for our group and also categorized my reflections to the work that I’ve done in my process journal. I finally finished my final product, I’m so happy about it. Some groups are still working on their final products. So far, I still have some other things to do, like researching on my action that I’m going to do and getting it confirmed, organizing my process journal, and doing the explanations for my final product. I’m happy about my progress and I know I can get all of the things listed above done by the latest, Thursday.