Blog Post #20

In the final week of school we have many grad activities such as the grad farewell assembly, memory lane and the grad BBQ. I remember watching these events when I was a younger student so it is a big moment for me to actually be participating in them with my classmates. After exams end, the idea that high school is done will finally sink in because I will know if I have gotten what I need to maintain my offer to the Ivey Business school. maintaining my grades will not be too difficult but if I want to be safe then I have to make sure that I have all of the knowledge I need for it. After exams I will have grad ball and convacation and then I will finally accept that I am done.

Blog Post #19

This is our final week of school and it is a strange time for me because I have been coming to mulgrave for 13 years and now there are only a few days of school left. I am enjoying the time I have now with my friends both in class and outside of school. I have been very community oriented over my time here by participating in many clubs and activities so adjusting to going ot university and not coming to school here will be a difficult process but I am excited for everything that the future has in store for me.

Blog Post #18

The year is almost over and the majority of time now is being spent working on exams. My exam schedule is very difficult just in terms of the spacing. My exam starts first and my last exam is on May 20th which is the last day of IB exams. It is a marathon of work and it will involve me following my study and work schedule constantly. Right now in class we are spending most of the time reviewing which is quite productive and gives us the ability to ask teachers questions and work with our piers in order to group study. I find this time useful but I will enjoy the week we have off in order to self study because I feel like that is very effective time.

Blog Post #17

A big focus of school currently is revision for final exams. Most of the courses have been completed at this time so a lot of class time is spent working on revisions. The stress level in class is at one of the lowest levels it has ever been because IAs have just all been completed. Once spring break ends at the beginning of April we have one month until our final exams start so the month of April will be very busy. In terms of co-curricular activities, I will be trying out for the badminton team. Apart from this club I am not doing very many clubs because I want to be able to balance my workload.

Blog Post #16

I have been accepted to my top two choices for University. I got into McGill for an undergrad in general arts and I also got accepted into the Richard Ivey Business School  at Western. Last year McGill was easily my top choice however this year I began looking more in depth at  Universities and i found that the Ivey program was better suited for what I wanted to get into. In Ivey you are able to take your first two years at University and study whatever you would like and I was accepted to take a degree in Social Science looking at majoring in Econ. The last two years is the HBA Ivey program which consists of an all rounded approach to business and it is the only business school apart from Harvard that uses the case study format. I am still debating between the two schools and I am talking to my friends and family about which option is best for me however I believe that I will end up in London Ontario next year.

Blog Post #15

One male and one female Head Student are appointed at Mulgrave from the incoming Grade 12 class, from students who are considered to have excelled in the four ‘Strands’ of Mulgrave (Academics, Athletics, Service and Arts). The selection process for the Head Boy and Head Girl is meritocratic and democratic, with all the Upper School students and teachers selecting the two Head Students, as well as eight Prefects to work alongside them.

My responsibilities include representing the school to the wider community and to be the leader of the student body within the school. Mulgrave assigns significant responsibilities to the Head Students. We make formal speeches at all major school assemblies, where there would typically be over 1,000 people in attendance.  Most notably, I had to make a speech at the opening of our new senior school, with over 2,000 people attending, including the mayor of West Vancouver and many representatives of the Squamish First Nations community. The Head Students are also called to make speeches within smaller school assemblies to represent the grad class.

I was invited to attend a summit consisting of prefects from other independent schools where we looked at options to create an event to bring our schools together and raise funds for a local charity. As student leaders, we came together and developed a plan to host a cross-school talent show and seminar to raise awareness for local homelessness and to raise funds to support the cause. This taught me the value of branching out to the greater community when you want to create a larger event as well as the importance of collaboration and making connections with people who share similar goals as yourself. This summit helped me with my leadership role because it became a goal to meet with other prefects in order to get ideas of any clubs or events that schools could combine.

I work closely with our school’s governing body to discuss issues around the school and provide student input and opinion in formal weekly meetings. These meetings are the strongest form of communication between Student Voice and the administration in my school which increases the responsibility of this role. The student voice aspect is important and a challenge is to make sure that I achieve a balance between being a representative of the school while at the same time, speaking to the school on behalf of the students. Being Head Boy has taught me to see things from a wider perspective and through: the community, school administration and student body points of view, and to help mediate between differing priorities.

The Head Boy  can also help to resolve student issues rather than rely on teacher intervention. When there was a case of bullying in a grade 10 class, I was called in to talk to the grade about the importance of being leaders in the grade and standing up for your classmates. It was deeply gratifying that, being in this position, I was able to use my experience in order to convey my approaches to resolve the situation. Following my interaction with the grade 10 class, no further cases of bullying were reported.

Blog Post #14

Though some may allege that my interest in debate stemmed from my ability at an early age to charm my way out of trouble, I would suggest that this formally manifested itself in Grade 8. It was in this year that I was introduced to debating as a competitive pursuit in which I showed promise. I participated in the Lower Mainland West Regional Debating Tournament competing against 40 of the top debaters in my age range. I emerged with a 5th place medal and an invitation to compete in the provincial tournament. Through my years of debating I have won and placed highly in several major debate tournaments on the West Coast such as winning the Newman Fisa Debate and placing 4th in the BC Provincial Tournament.

 

As a result of my achievement, I was honoured to be invited to tryout for the Team Canada National Debate team in 2015. Attending these tryouts was a wonderful experience and quite challenging as the competition was extremely fierce. The format was a style of debate that I had not previously encountered, called “Worlds Style” which has 3 debaters aside as opposed to 2. Many of the other debaters had experience with this style so I was able to adapt to this style by observing how they separated the duties of each speaker and through collaboration with my teammates.

The debate program in my school is very strong and I was given the opportunity to attend the International Independent School Public Speaking competition which took place in Toronto in 2015 and consisted of the top debaters from schools across the world. The topics that were debated were all global in nature and the perspective and world views that came from the students was extremely diverse and competitive. The global viewpoints that I experienced from the international students both during debates and while socializing, gave me an idea of the skills and techniques that I have not seen before and I was able to deconstruct points using international examples. At the end of the tournament I was named as a finalist for the British Parliamentary category of debate and was given the opportunity to debate in the final round.

My debating style is not overly argumentative or aggressive. I believe that the essence of winning over judges is to debate persuasively, with logic and charm. I particularly enjoy the impromptu debates, where I have to think on my feet and come up with convincing arguments without recourse to research. My debating skills are also very useful in my Model United Nations activities. Leveraging my talent and training in debate, I hope to enter the business world with a particular emphasis on leadership, strategy and marketing.