Service as Action

Service I have done this year:

  • USSC
  • Brought supplies to Phuket at CAS week
  • Taught younger kids acrobatics every Friday

How am I meeting the 7 Services as Action learning outcomes:

  1. Become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth

Throughout the course of the year, I have worked with the USSC.  I have had to learn and grow, trying to meet all the expectations of a USSC member. Through writing policies, hosting events and helping the other members I have become more aware of my strengths as a leader. Being the Bear House Captain means I had to lead the entire bear house in the Upper School. I had to become aware of what skills I already possess as a leader and what leadership skills I needed to grow with. As I was just elected as Co-President for the Student Council, I needed to ensure I knew what my strengths and weaknesses were and make a decision as to whether I could successfully become a co-president.

  1. Undertake challenges that develop new skills

I have had to undertake the challenge of writing policies and professional emails, as well as providing helpful input to meetings. This has helped me develop new writing skills, which make me seem more professional and help me express myself more clearly. I have also developed better communication skills by working at meetings to get my idea across. When I am in a meeting I need to be quick when saying my ideas as we have a limited amount of time. I have developed better communication skills, helping me to tell the council ideas in a concise and helpful way. I have had to learn how to present and lead others in activities while partaking in assemblies with the council. Undertaking the challenges of planning, leading and directing student assemblies helped me develop organization skills, listening skills, and collaboration skills.

  1. discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities .
  2. How did you persevere in action?
  3. How did you work collaboratively with others?

Being a member of the student council means I am constantly active in planning, discussing and evaluating student-initiated activities. We are a group of students that plan other activities for other students that raise the spirit and bring a sense of community. We are completely in charge of these activities so we discuss them at length at all of our meetings and once the activities are complete we evaluate and reflect deeply. We face many challenges while trying to come up with activities that are engaging and interesting for the students but we always persevere and get the plan done on time. As we are a group of students, our power does not reach as far as a group of teachers, meaning we face many more problems such as getting resources and booking spaces. This means we have had to work collaboratively to come up with solutions and ensure we are doing our best as a council.
6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism and intercultural understanding?

In order to develop activities that worked for everyone in the school, we needed to develop international mindedness. Our school is extremely international meaning one thing might be completely acceptable for someone but to someone else it is offensive. This means we need to take these things into consideration when planning events. We needed to have an intercultural understanding to ensure we were not being offensive to anyone in our events and assemblies. Being at an international school means we are contantely reminded to have international-mindedness in all of our projects, as we locally and globally engage with communities. The goal of the student council is to bring together the student body as a community, and in order to be a community, everyone needs to have international mindedness and accept the people around them.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?

The Student Council are ambassadors for the students meaning we need to be ethical in all of our actions. While planning we take into consideration whether what we are doing is correct and whether it is for the overall good of the student body. We have the advisors of the student body who also help us and ensure we are being ethical in all of our decisions.

My SMART Chinese Learning Goal


My smart goal for this year is to try to improve my speaking skills, yes I may know lot’s of words but the way I pronounce them is incorrect. When I speak it sounds like I am saying Chinese words in English. This is because I have trouble reading and interpreting the tones on the words. I try to make them sound correct but in actuality, I have no idea how they are supposed to sound. I have trouble listening to the tones and speaking them the same way. By the end of this year, I want to be able to look at a word with tones and read it out loud correctly.

It is now the end of the year. I have officially met my learning goal. I have improved my speaking skills. This is evident in the grades I received for my criteria C and D oral, they have been the highest grades I have received all year. My tone sounds are better though, they still can be improved. I have gotten better at speaking as a whole.

My Educational BoardGame


Crit A Design Brief:

I have learned lots from my research and investigation. The thing that helped me the most with answering my questions was the survey that I sent out. I managed to get answers from 9 different people. This helped me to see what learning techniques people prefer, what people enjoy in board games and all about how they struggle with my problem. This helped me with my research so that I understood what type of board game to make (card game, counting points etc.) and the duration of that board game. Through this, I have found out that most people would like to have a board game to help them with science where the winning condition is whoever gets to the end of the board first.
What Does my Client Want?
– A board game or a card game
– You should win when you reach the end of the board first
– They want a more fun way to learn science and remember terminologies
– A game that helps them with science
Since I got the answers of my survey it has helped me to be able to research more in detail about the specific type of game I am going to make. It helped me to understand that this type of game typically goes for around 10-15 minutes maybe longer and how you need to have a flexible amount of materials. This will help me create an educational board game for my client because due to the survey I now know exactly what they need/want. I have also learned/researched about the mechanics of board games and the elements of board games. Getting the answers to my survey will help me to create my board game so that it fits the mechanics they want and the story they want. It will help me design a game that will best fit their needs and will best fit their learning techniques to help solve my problem. Overall all of the research I have done has helped me understand my client more. Knowing what they want has helped me go into detail and understand what  I want.



CAS Week 2017

CAS week 2017 Yangshuo, Guilin from May 14 to May 19 was one of the best trips I have ever been on. I learned, grew and had fun all at the same time.

After coming to Yangshuo I have become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses. While we were doing community service I was one of the foreman. This helped me to become aware of my strength as a leader and my weakness of organization. I was in charge of organizing people into different groups and making sure everyone was having a balanced amount of work at each station. I became aware that I was very good at telling the groups exactly what they needed to get done while being supportive at the same time. I would tell them and lead them in what they needed while helping out and encouraging. This shows to me that I have good leadership skills and will keep on developing them for a long time. Being a foreman, meant I had to organize people’s time at stations which I found was a weakness. I found it hard to organize the amount of time and keep track of how long people had been working for, it was hard to organize who had been on break and who needed a break.

Some of the many skills I developed at CAS were confidence and risk taking skills. This was extremely evident during rock climbing when I managed to complete the hardest course. I had never been rock climbing on an actual rock and was very nervous. Though I am an experienced rock climber (On built courses) I did not think I would be able to accomplish the hardest course. I thought I would be too short and did not have the confidence in myself to try. Eventually, I was persuaded to try and managed to take the risk and make it to the top. It helped me to learn new things about myself, especially about how I have the ability to find new paths when I hit a road block. Not being the tallest there was one point in the climb where I had to reach really far to the right and I couldn’t. I ended up having to find a new path and take the risk of doing it. I climbed into a crack in the rock and shimmied my way up until I was tall enough to get to the next point.

While we were doing the community service, I learned a lot about myself. Talking to the kids and seeing how happy they were for getting so little opened my eyes. It helped me to see that I take what I have for granted, I complain about things that some people don’t have. I got to go on a trip for camp! I’m sure that most of those kids will never get to do that. While w were playing with the kids it helped me get a taste of their culture and how they live. It helped me to see the world from their eyes. I feel I am a more culturally understanding person now.

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Final Design Box Success Criteria D

This is my Final Design Box Crit D Blog Post:

Object Packaged:










Final Box:









Final Box with Object:









For this project, I had one target audience which was my classmates. This can contribute to my classmates for 2 main reasons economically and environmentally. By making my box use as little adhesive as possible it will help to reduce the amount of waste and materials used. By making it be tight fitting, I have made it need less material. This means it is less expensive to make. Therefore, If my classmates want to buy my package it will be cheaper. Also having less material wasted means that my package will have a smaller environmental impact. This means my classmates will have a smaller carbon footprint from using my package.

My package has many benefits and limitations. The first benefit is that the package fits the shoe (my object) quite tightly, this means that I have reduced the amount of material that I could have used. This then leads to me reducing my carbon footprint and helping with the economic side. Since the box is so small and used not a lot of material it is less expensive to reproduce my box and is also less wasteful. I was able to do this by calculating the volume that my object would take up and then base my box off of that. I would not have been able to do this if I did not have the mathematical skills needed. Another benefit about my box is that I have used minimal adhesive. I managed to keep the whole box together using only tabs. I was able to do this because of the design elements I was taught. The design knowledge needed for this was I needed to know how to make good tabs that will stay in and not break. If I had not learned this then I would have had to use lots of adhesive meaning I would have more waste and therefore a bigger environmental footprint. A limitation of my box is that it does not represent the object inside or CDNIS very much. I think my design knowledge of the CARP principals could have influenced my final design more. I only included 1 CDNIS logo, if I had relied upon the CARP elements a little bit more than I think my box would be more aesthetically pleasing and therefore my target audience would like it better. It also would have fit my design specifications more.

I found that having an interdisciplinary approach to this unit helped a lot in creating my product. For once I was not just focused on creating the design and the CARP elements. I managed to focus on the surface area, volume and how all of that affected the design elements. I think without this approach my box would not have turned out as well as it did. Without the knowledge that I got from the interdisciplinary approach I would not have been able to create my final product. It helped me to mold the 2 subjects together, the math side and the design side. One way that it did not help was that I got so focused on the math side that I did not really focus on making my design aesthetically pleasing which in turn meant that I did not do as well with the design element.

If I had to do this project again, I would start with the math side, then I would make sure I include lots of design elements. I would create a more detailed plan and make sure I get everything done. I also would go about it looking from the reproduction side of things to make my package easier to reproduce. Another thing is I would research more in depth about how to make your package easy to access so that the opening and closing method would be better.



16-Bar Melody and Chord Progression Summative – Criteria C and D

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Criteria C:

All of my choices were for a reason, my tempo, my key sig, my chords and more. I chose to have the key signature of my piece be 4/4 time. I did this because I wanted my piece to memorable and easy to play. I did not want people to struggle with cut time or 3/4 time. I wanted my song to be similar to lots of well-known music, that way people would remember it easily. I did think about having cut time to make it unique but it was a bit too complicated. In the beginning, I was planning to have the key of F Major which meant I would be able to copy and paste my 8 bar melody. After listening again to my 8 bar melody I realized I did not like it, I then realized I did not like the key of F Major. I decided that because I was using normal 4/4 time I decided I wanted to be unique with my key signature. I  decided I wanted to get rid of my 8 bar melody and use the key of G Major which only uses 1 sharp which is F#. For my chords I went for a more jazzy vibe meaning I used the 1, 2 and 5 chords a lot. I wanted to make my piece unique by mixing the alto saxophone and the piano. Again, I wanted a jazzy vibe and in most small jazz bands there is a piano, saxophone, and trumpet. I had to decide whether I wanted to have the saxophone or the trumpet as my instrument that played the melody but since I play the saxophone I chose that. For my tempo, I decided I wanted this song to be fast. I made it 130 instead of 120 because  I didn’t want it to be too fast but I also did not want it to be the normal speed. Since I have lots of fast eighth and sixteenth notes I did not want to make it too fast because then the player would struggle a lot.

Criteria D:


A good thing about my song is how the whole thing has the same rhythm. It keeps steady throughout and this makes the song flow very well. I also like how the rhythm fits the tempo. It makes it seem like the song is a proper song.



A bad thing about my song is that there are no rests. This makes it hard for the player to breath and makes the song sound better. Since my song is fast and upbeat I decided not to include many rests. Now that I look back at it it does not seem like a good Idea.


When I had finished my piece I looked over it and this is what I found:

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I found that my note at the end did not match with my chord and that it was messing the whole song up, it took me a while to find the correct note but I eventually did.  I also think that I could have added more rest’s because throughout the entire song I only have 1.




Feedback from People: 


I really like how you incorporated all of the different rhythms and notes and made it flow well together. Your tempo is very upbeat and has a clear cheerful tone to it. Your melody is has a lot of variety but still some repetition to it, making it more memorable and interesting. I also really like how your piano melody stays consistent throughout the entire piece, making it more clear and easier to hear the saxophone. Something I would do is add some more repetition in your notes, as they change a lot throughout the entire song, sometimes making it harder to follow as well as hard for the saxophone to keep changing from notes very quickly.

I like how your song is really playful and catchy, it includes a great sense of rhythm in it that I enjoy listening to a lot. Something that I think you could improve on is adding more rests because there is one-quarter rest in the entire thing. If you added a rest I believe everything can tie together and the melody would be more connected. Otherwise, it is really good! 🙂


I like how your melody rhythm isn’t too complicated but then you have a layer of chords and a layer of other notes which add more depth to your, the song also runs really smoothly since all of the notes match your key signature and the chord in each bar. The mood you set your song is pretty obvious, or at least I think you are trying to set a happy mood through your song because there is a very fast pace to the song and it is also very upbeat. All bars have similar rhythms which make’s your song sound like a proper song.

Feedback I gave to people: 


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8 Bar Melody, Task 2 – Music

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Please answer the following questions in the Comments below:

  • Do This have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?
  • If there are any large intervals (larger than a jump of five different letter names)?
  • Does the melody have an appropriate range?
  • Does it start and finish on the tonic note? (The tonic note is the first note of the scale.  For example, if you choose Bb Major as your key signature, the tonic note is Bb)
  • Does it sound interesting?  Is it memorable?

8 Bar Rhythm – Music

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Are there two phrase marks drawn?

As you can see there are what looks like 3 phrase marks but that is just the 5th bar connecting to the second line. I was unsure how to put 4 bars on each line so the bottom only has 3.

Do both phrases finish on a long note value?

I made sure that both of my phrases finished with a long note value. I was going to make both ends of the phrase a whole note but then I decided a half note would do.

Are the phrases balanced (same length and of similar rhythm)?

Yes, both of the phrases are 4 bars long and have similar starting and ending rhythms. They also have a very similar amount of notes in each bar.

Is there variety (to make it interesting)?

I wanted to make it different but not too different because that would mean it would not fit well together. I decided to keep the same overall rhythm but change the timing of notes in some bars and the value of notes in some bars.

Is there repetition/imitation (to make it familiar)?

There is a similar rhythm throughout the entire thing. I tried to make the beginning and the ends of each phrase very similar but with a different order of notes. I did the same with most of the measures throughout the entire song.




Waste Not, Want Not – Design

Looking at this Ipad Pro box I have learned many different things about packaging. First off, in order to have a secure package that is carrying something fragile you need to have multiple different layers on the outside to make it thick so that it does not break the product in the inside. I also learned most boxes have a much larger volume than what is needed meaning it is much more expensive and worse for the environment. I have researched also a lot about interesting shapes and irregular shapes to use for my final package.  I have learned lots about what I need for my final product. This will all help me with my final project for many reasons. First off, this was a good practice on how to make a box. I know we will probably be practicing a lot before our final but that is most likely just planning and drawing nets. This was more hands-on and practical. Secondly, by dissecting this box it helped me to understand what is needed to make a strong box that can stand on its own. It also helped me to understand sizing and some of the measurements I will need. Geometry can help us reduce our carbon footprint by a lot. If we understand volume, surface area and more to do with geometry we can have better knowledge of the real amount of packaging we need and will not waste as much. It will help us to understand that we only need certain amounts of stuff and we will not have as much extra to through in the landfill. It can also help us reduce the amount of pollution in the air because factories that make these packages will not have to burn as much energy.

The box we Deconstructed:                                       Box I made:


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March Reflection – Music

I believe that I am improving a lot on my instrument. I find it a lot easier to read the notes and know which fingering to use. I almost always know what the notes we are playing are. At the start of this year I had lots of trouble with sight reading but with lots of practice, I now find it very easy to do. Well, I know I struggle a lot with holding notes for the correct amount of time and knowing when to stop playing them. In order to fix this, I have been going through our book and looking at the notes then, trying to say how long they will be held for. I specifically struggle with dotted notes. In order to check if I am right I will check the time signature and see how many beats are supposed to be in a bar.  I think this is helping me a lot. I try to practice at least 5-10 minutes a day. Although most weeks I only end up playing around 3-4 days of the week I try my best. I have a very busy schedule so it is hard to fit in time but I try to make it work. I think I am the most successful at note accuracy and tone quality. As I said above I used to struggle with reading the notes and playing the correct ones. Once I practiced more I am now able to read the notes easily and am a lot better at sight reading. I think I am also successful at tone quality because whenever I play a note I think I have good embouchure meaning the notes are played in the correct tone with a good quality. I am the least successful at dynamics and articulation. Whenever we are playing a song I am able to know what the notes are very easily but I struggle with holding the notes for certain amounts of time. I always get confused between how many beats a dotted quarter note gets or how many beats a dotted eighth note gets. Also while I am playing I seem to always play the same articulation, even if it is supposed to be a staccato I can not seem to play it and I always play the same thing. I think in order to improve as a musician I need to practice more. Even though I try my best to practice I think I might need to do more.