Amazing Grace Ukulele Assignment

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The key of Amazing Grace was C, and the time signature for was 3/4.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
In Amazing Grace, there were a lot of quarter notes, half notes, and some eighth notes. There were a lot of half notes because Amazing Grace is more of a slow song, and half notes give off a calming feel. Amazing Grace also started on a quarter note (a pickup beat), which gives it an upbeat start then drift into a slower beat. The song also repeated their rhythm a lot, usually a half note comes after a quarter note. Repetition in music helps relax you instead of wake you up, it also makes the music easier to memorize and understand.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
For my melody, I played the whole song then edited the notes later so it would be more accurate, but since I used the metronome when I played, before editing, the notes were already mostly on beat. But for the strumming in Amazing Grace, the chords were even more accurate since I edited them together (one by one) instead of playing them all at once. In the end, I had time so I had another chance to zoom in even more to edit the strumming and melody so it was even more on beat. Since I also learned ukulele before, switching notes and playing them accurately on the ukulele was easier. I also learn music outside of school so strumming along the rhythm wasn’t that big of a challenge.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
Even though I played the ukulele last year, I forgot most of the notes, so when we were exploring with ukuleles for the last few weeks, I learned more notes and other kinds of strumming. I also had lots of time this unit to practice ukulele, so now I can play smoother and switch notes quicker. Over the course of this unit, I also bought a ukulele to play at home since I really enjoyed doing so at school, so I think that it really helped with the summative. I used garage band on the computer for the first time this year, so I acquired how to use the metronome to help me record with more accuracy. In garage band, I also learned how to adjust the time signature and the tempo so it would fit the song.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
Amazing Grace is supposed to be a slow and smoothing song, so I didn’t want to change that element because that’s the original style of Amazing Grace that everyone can recognize. Since I personally like a more upbeat and song that “surprises” me, I did change the tempo to 85, a little bit faster, so it wouldn’t be that slow but still have the personal style of Amazing Grace. A slow tempo also matches the context of the song because of it’s lyrics and rhythm, but when I changed the tempo a bit, I don’t think it really affected the context since it wasn’t that big of a difference.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
The editing tools I used in garage band consist of trimming, cutting, and pasting. I played the whole melody in one go but for the strumming, I had to edit each note because I didn’t have enough time at school to record. I recorded C, F, and the G7 chord in class and then copied and pasted them together at home. This way, I can work faster and make sure the strumming is on beat as well. I also explored the controls at the bottom which adjust the volume, echo..etc, for my singing. I could customize and edit the sound even more to make it echoey and louder. In garage band, the metronome helped a lot when I was playing the melody and editing the strumming and singing. It helped keep everything on beat and made the song sound better.
Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *
When I was recording, I played my melody all in one go and sang the whole song then edited them. Surprisingly, recording the melody all at once wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. It took me a short amount of time compared to how long I spent recording the singing. I think that I didn’t have as much trouble playing the melody because I practiced a lot in the classes before and the notes weren’t that hard to memorize and play. As I said before, for my strumming, I recorded each chord then put them together at home. At first, I was concerned about how it would sound if I edited everything and even cut some of the melody and singing, but in the end, it didn’t turn out as choppy as expected and even sounded really smooth.

Chinese U1 Reflection


今年,我的SMART goal是更好我的讲话在学校 (oral, participating in class, talking in general)我希望在2020年,我可以比以前有好改变。如果我想做更好,我要在家里同家人联系更多。还要看同学们和老师报告,从他们学习。

Parlez – vous français – critères C et D à l’oral

Task: create a role play to include all of the information you have learned since the beginning of the year.

Last week, our class had a french conversation summative. We were assigned to create a script of a conversation and record it with a partner, my partner was Sophie.


  • Time management
    • it was one of our biggest challenges because our other recordings didn’t work out when we recorded it in class, so we had to rush it on the last day in the bus, and since we recorded in the bus, it caused the background noise to be really loud.
  • Teamwork/cooperation
    • I think working with Sophie helped because we’re comfortable working with each other and we work well together; but at the same time, sometimes we would start laughing, so that distracted us a lot. There were definitely lots of disadvantages and advantages in working with her.


Overall, I think we did pretty good because we got a 7/8 for criteria C, and another 7/8 for criteria D. I’m happy with our score because it’s not bad for our first french summative, and there is still room for improvement.

Goal for next assessment:

My goal for next time is to focus more and get the work done faster instead of rushing it last minute; and also talking more smoothly when recording, so it seems less of a script, and more like a real conversation.


Karis 🙂

Culture Unit (Beam Design Reflection)

在中文了,我们有画个设计给个中文课。在我的beam design上,我有很多不同的设计。在两边上有竹子,竹子代表忠诚,所以他们在两边上“保护”个寺庙。寺庙代表信仰,寺庙有红,黄,和黑色。红色代表幸运和黄色代表自由。

In Chinese class we had to design something for a Chinese classroom. I had different drawings on mine like bamboo. In Chinese Culture, bamboo represents loyalty; and a Chinese temple represents religion. On the temple, there were colours like red, yellow, and black. Red represents luck and yellow represents freedom. 


Chinese Unit Reflection (WWPT)



Hi, today I’ll be talking about my Chinese Wong Chuk Hang presentation and our recent unit, which was how the world works. I learnt that over time, the importance of each economic activity will change. For example, a bank before can worth much more than it is now because we’re all use to banks now. We also have way more economic activities than before, Wong Chuk Hang is more developed now. We have bakeries, markets, gas station, and more. My plan for the space was to build an art centre/studio for students to practice all kinds of art, have tutor lessons, and just have fun. It includes painting, filming, digital art and other forms of art.

Something that I did well on is my organization and probably my slides (pictures, examples, visuals). Something that I can improve on is going to be my delivery, which is speaking louder and being more natural. Overall, I think I did pretty good. 🙂

Exhibition (UOI)

Hi and welcome! This is my first post back from winter break and in the new year – 2019! Before the break, we had two weeks for our exhibition. This year, our transdisciplinary theme for our exhibition was WWA, aka who we are. In those two weeks before the break, our goal was to have our idea/topic approved from our judges. Mine was DIY/crafts and homeless animals, we had to connect our passion(s) and our issue; so I’m going to make DIYs (toys and treats) for stray dogs in Hong Kong to be specific. Mine is basically, “exploring art and DIYs to spread awareness about homeless dogs in Hong Kong.”

Some of my main key concepts are change, perspective, and responsibility. I chose those three as my main concepts because change, this exhibition is to help take action and inspire our community with our passion and interest. Responsibility because it is our environment that we have to take care of and everyone should be helping, perspective mainly because we have to take opinions from everyone (what they think about stray dogs) so we can collect data and make our exhibition more successful. Some related concepts are opinion, role, system, impact, rights.

We just started on researching so we aren’t that deep into our topics yet. We thought of key and related concepts, our lines of inquiry, and of course our topic and interest. I hope my next exhibition post I will come back with more information; so that’s around it, thanks for reading this far and byeeee 🙂

Dance Reflection

Welcome back 🙂 As you can see from the title, this post is going to be about our dance unit. We created our own choreography and performed it in front of our classmates and teacher. The elements were based on things we learned in grade 5 and includes some new things we learned at the start of the year. Down below is the video of me and my partner’s dance and the rubric I filled out.

Everyone in our class put time and effort into their routine. Overall, I had a good time in Dance!

Grade 6 Camp

It’s been a long time (again) but a lot has happened over the past 2 months. We had camp, our class assembly, dance, and much more. As you probably already know, today I’m going to focus on Camp. We traveled all the way to Sai Kung for Outward Bound. Since we’re in grade 6th now, we stayed for 4 days 3 nights. November 27 to November 30th. We had around 10 people in each group, my group was originally named Blyth, but then was changed to Hot Guac. 😄

My favorite part has to be the Jetty Jump, it was scary at first but was so fun once I jumped. When we got up to where we had to basically plunge into the freezing water, we realized how high it actually was. We all encouraged each other and the whole group ends up doing it! I thought this activity was great for people to overcome their fears. Our instructors didn’t push us to do it but respected our choices. The Jetty was such a fun and great experience! 🙃

Besides the Jetty Jump, we did a lot of team activities and games where we had to help one another to complete it. We did LOTS of teamwork stuff like cleaning camp materials as well. The first night, our group was supposed to be camping outside in our tents. When we got to our campsite, it started drizzling. It wasn’t heavy so we continued with our jobs; but after a while, light rain turned to huge gray clouds and POURING rain. 🌧️ We ended up still eating dinner there but under a tent cover. The rain didn’t stop by the time dinner was done, so the best decision was to go back to base and sleep in the main hall. (On the FLOORS by the way – it sounds bad but turns out to be ok) Of course, when we left the campsite the rain stopped. It seemed like a disaster but the night was still fun. Most of the girls ended up staying up cause we couldn’t sleep, including me. Thankfully, the next night in tents was much better. 😊

Outward Bound is a considerable camp for people to overcome their uneasiness about certain activities and for people to get bond with other students (humans if you’re not a student) that they never talk to in hallways and school. This camp teaches you to be responsible and independent. In our group, we all got a chance to cook, set up tents, and carry heavy bags while hiking. 😅 Of course, being more confident and responsible is the whole point of camp!

I would say this year might be the best one out of all the years, each year’s camps had their own special elements which make camp fun! Before camp I was sure it would be horrible, hiking for 4758237858 hours, sleeping in tents with bugs, and horrible tent mates. It ended up being the opposite! I understand why 6th graders last year liked camp so much. Outward Bound has to be one of my highlights since grade 6 started. 😁