Badminton Junior Gold Team

I am extremely excited to become a part of the Badminton Junior Gold Team because the team members were selected by the teachers through students’ performances during the try outs. This is significant to me because I hardly played badminton before and I didn’t even think about it seriously until this year. To be able to play in the Junior Gold Team means that my badminton skills have been proven by the coaches.

At the beginning of the year, I was aiming to get into the badminton A (Gold) team, thus I joined the Recreational Badminton Club to improve my badminton skills. I practice every Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and eventually I got better at playing badminton. My participation in the Badminton Club create the chance for me to join to Junior Gold Team. Although at the start, I struggled a bit to catch up with all the hard core training, I was able to adjust myself and try my hardest. As the result I improved a lot throughout the seasons. For example, before the season, I could hardly smash the birdie, however after the season I practice the skills and I was able to hit the birdie accurately. Moreover, I was also “trained” to be able to play effectively during a high pressure environment (playing in a game). At the beginning I was always nervous, but I listened to the advices from the coaches, adjust my emotion and then focus on the current rather than the past and future.

Other than developing my own personal skills, I also learned how to corporate and work with a partner. When I was playing doubles, I was always afraid to hit the birdie because I was worried that I might hit my partners or I wouldn’t be able to hit the birdie. However, after playing a few games, I was able to discuss with my partner about the techniques and strategies we should use against a specific opponent. The team creates a supporting atmosphere, so I felt very included and supported when I was in the team. Now I am able to play efficiently with any partner that the coach assigned me and I am never going to worry about the mistakes that I have made before. Focus and the moment is the most important.

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My CAS Commitment so Far

Service:

West Vancouver Community

  • Pumpkin Fest
    • October 1st Orientation 6:00-7:00pm (Minor)
    • October 4th Child minding 6:30-9:30pm (Minor)
    • October 5th Set up & Family Zone 8:00-11:30am (Minor)
  • Christmas
    • December 5th Craft Table 4:30-6:00pm (Minor)
    • December 6th Pancake 8:30-1:30pm (Minor)

Mulgrave School

  • November 11th Remembrance Day 10:00-1:00pm (Minor)
  • We Are Rafikis (sold 15) (Minor)
  • Costa Rica Trip (Major)
  • Student Ambassador (Major)
  • House boards decoration (Minor)
  • Every Monday Mandarin Buddies 3:35-4:15pm (Major)
  • September 21st Welcome back BBQ 1:00-3:15pm (Minor)

Action:

  • Every Saturday Swimming 4:00-5:30pm (Major)
  • Twice a week Basketball 4:00-5:30pm and 7:00-8:00am (Major)
  • Every Saturday Snowboarding 12:00-2:00pm (Minor)
  • Horse bike riding (still deciding) (Major)
  • Golf (Minor)
  • Duke Edinburgh (Bronze) (Major)

Creativity:

  • Every Tuesday and Friday Piano 8:00-8:45pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Theory Class 5:00-5:45pm (Major)
  • Every Sunday Art lesson 1:00-3:00pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday Concert Band 8:00-9:15am, and 1:30-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every other Thursday Art Council 1:15-1:35pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday and Friday Jazz Choir 3:30-5:00pm, and 7:45-8:30pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday Concert Choir 1:30-2:05pm, and 1:30-2:30pm (Major)
  • Every Tuesday ARTattack (my own club) 1:15-2:05pm (Major)
  • Every Thursday Art of Today elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)
  • Every Wednesday Music Combo elective 2:05-3:35pm (Major)

 

Final Reflection 1

Did you meet your CAS goals? What are you most proud of? What would you change if you did it again? What CAS ideas do you have for the summer or next year?

I met most of my CAS goals this year. My  first goal (Academic) is to get a 5/6 in every subjects, I don’t know about term 2, but for term 1, I achieve 70 percent of it , and there are still two or three subjects that are 4s, so I work on those subjects these terms. And I think everything went pretty well, so I am excited to see my report card because I think I could get a better mark in those subjects for term 2. For my CAS goal, I am feeling really good with it because I got a lot of activities for each category, but something I still need improve is to have some more action and service. I have 6 Creativity, 4 Action, and 4 Service. So for next year I want to keep the creativity, maybe add some to it , and do more action and service. Otherwise I think I did a pretty good job for my CAS, and I had achieve 95 percent of my CAS goals. For my socializing goal, I said to make a lot of friends at Mulgrave, and fortunately I achieve this goal 100 percent! I made a lot of friends, and at first I only talk to Chinese, or Korean friends, but then I start to talk to other students too. I start to join in the conversation they have during electives. And I have made tons of close friends too. My last goal is to get better at piano and flute. I changed a piano teacher at the beginning of the year, and he is a fabulous and professional pianist. He taught me a lot of new techniques on how to play piano, and both my parents and he said that I had improved a lot on piano. I play much better now, so I think I achieve my goal for get better at piano!! For flute, I also feel that I improved a lot because I can play the flute much clear now, before I didn’t have enough air to blow the flute , so I was always out of breath. Now I still have the air problem, but that much because I know how to control the air from getting away more, and I could blow the note longer, and longer. Something I also improved on flute is sight reading. Before I need a finger sheet to figure out which note is which on the music, but now I don’t really need it because I could recognize the note on the music sheet immediately, and play it. So I am very happy about both my improvements on piano and flute!!!

I am most proud of becoming more sociable, and self- aware for this year. However, if I have a chance to do everything again, I am going to work on my time management for homework. So I could get more time for my CAS, some outdoor activities, hobbies, and rest. In the summer I am going to practice guitar  so I am ready for the performing art circle at the beginning of the year. I am also going to work on my English which is to read more books, and I am going to take English tutor in China. Other than English tutor, I am also going to take art tutor, and I am also going to work on some art works which I will use for multiple art competitions. I might also take dance lesson at the same time, since I don’t want to forget how to dance after the long break. I would also work on singing during the summer. There are a lot of things waiting for me to do in summer , and I am ready for it !!!!!!!

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Snowboarding

I am starting to do snowboarding since last Saturday. I had never done snowboarding before, so I am really excited. Since last winter I want to learn how to ski/snowboard, but I am very scared because I had ski for once before, and I felt that skiing is very hard. So I never ski or snowboard after that. This winter, one of my best friend call me and ask me to learn snowboard with her, at first I don’t want to do it, but then I think about it.I want to challenge myself and also in my CAS plan, snowboarding is one of my major action. So I agree, and I had my first class last Saturday, and it was awesome. I never knew snowboard is so fun, so I am going to keep on learning it for the next two months. And hope I could learn some tricks in the next few months.