My CAS 2015-16

This year for my CAS commitments I am continuing all of my activities form last year. For creativity I am joining concert choir, jazz choir (Major), and I will proceed to take piano lessons (Minor). For my action commitments I am playing soccer (Major) and volley ball (Minor) again this year. I may choose to join basketball later in the year, but for now I will see if I have the time in my schedule. My service commitments this year will include volunteering at the barn (Major), and doing various service activities such as scorekeeping and line judging. I am excited to achieve more and become more comfortable and skilled in these commitments.

My Camp Goals

This year for fall camp my grade is kayaking in 3 groups up the Indian Arm. Some goals I have for this trip are to make some new friends with new students or classmates I haven’t talked to before. One of the reasons that I love camp so much is that it makes it easier to get closer with people. Some of the new friends that I made last year, I probably wouldn’t usually hang out with, but because we all went to camp together, we kind of bonded over the fact that it was really cold and we had no cooking skills. I will know that this goal is achieved when I have introduced my new friends to my current friends, and we can all just chill together.

My Summer

This summer I did a lot of really fun things with some really amazing people. I went to a summer camp with one of my groups of friends, and it’s kind of tradition for us to go to this camp every year. I also went to another summer camp that I go to every summer, but this time I brought a lot more friends along with me. I have to say, it is sort of weird in the beginning to be mixing my friend groups. But by the end of the week we were all really good friends. These camps are one of the best experiences of my summers every year by far. I love all of the activities that we can participate in like archery, dock jumping, tubing, sailing, wake boarding, skateboarding, mountain biking, high ropes, low ropes, canoeing, kayaking, and so many more. Summer camps have really helped me to be more social and step out of my comfort zone if only even a little bit. Each summer, another tradition I have with my group of friends and family, is going up to Penticton for a week in the summer. Penticton is a small city in the Okanagan Valley (near Kelowna). There are so many fun things to do; henna tattoos, more dock jumping, farmers markets, doing touristy activities, wineries to follow your parents around in, extensive beaches to just lay in the sand and tan. The things I look forward to the most in Penticton are going down the river channel, which is essentially a dam-fed river that you float down, and getting to see some of my closest friends that I can only see once a year. I love all my summer experiences, and I don’t regret a thing.

My Term 2 Service Commitment

This term I will be volunteering at Pony Pals Riding Stables in Delta, BC. Pony Pals Stables are home of the Pony Pals Therapeutic Riding Association. PPTRA helps disabled riders, mostly children, to ride horses as a form of therapy. The stables also hold regular riding lessons for english style riding. My jobs at the stables vary from grooming horses and picking hooves, to helping the riders have a pleasant experience. There are other volunteers that help out around the barn. We all complete tasks such as grooming, feeding, taking the horses for walks or grazing, tacking, leading, side walking, untacking, and helping the riders with various activities. Occasionally, the coaches are not available for lessons, so the other volunteers and I assist the children with hands on activities such as grooming the horses. I am excited to make new friends with the other volunteers, and I am already starting to develop new relationships with the riders as well.

Term 1 Report Card Reflection

I believe that I have improved in my classes this term. In this report card I received my first 5’s on the iB marking scale. I could definitely work on improving my amount of focus in class, and completing homework and projects on time. Time management is very important, and I will definitely keep on trying to improve my skills in the area.

Welcome World!

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. — Mohandas Gandhi

Not everyone can be Gandhi, but each of us has the power to make sure our own lives count – and it’s those millions of lives that will ultimately build a better world. – Jeffrey Skoll

Welcome to the Mulgrave’s Personal Learning Network (PLN) and the Mulgrave Learning eFolio. All Upper School students from Grades 7-12 are required to develop a Learning eFolio (short for ePortfolio or Electronic Portfolio) blog, an experiential and holistic programme which develops ‘the whole’ student by encouraging engagement in ‘the whole’ world of education within and beyond the classroom. It puts into practice our commitment to nurturing diverse, well-rounded, self-reflective, and compassionate global citizens of the 21st century who exemplify the qualities of the IB Learner Profile and seek to make our world a better place. The eFolio also serves as a flexible and accessible avenue to showcase learning, self-growth and personal best through new digital mediums. The development, scope and expectations are facilitated within divisional Advisory Programmes.

The Learning eFolio is comprised of two key overlapping educational spaces: personal learning and CAS (Creativity, Action and Service). For more information on how to develop up your Learning eFolio and guidance on the G7-10 MY-CAS and G11-12 DP-CAS components, please consult the Learning eFolio overview and guides listed below from TheMulgraveCitizen.

OVERVIEW & GUIDES
  1. Learning eFolio Overview
  2. MY eFolio Steps Guide (includes G7-10 MY-CAS)
  3. DP eFolio Steps Guide (includes G11-12 DP-CAS)

For more information and support, speak to your Advisor and the Head of Student Life. If you are looking for student life opportunities to get engaged, please check out social good postings at TheMulgraveCitizen, Passport2#SocialGood and on Twitter via @MulgraveCitizen. Visit the Edublog User Guide for help developing your blog.

That’s enough to get you going. The eFolio should be a fun, enriching and rewarding way to explore, find or create your place in the world. Go play!

Antony Wilson
eFolio Coordinator

Head of Student Life | Global Education & Outreach