DP-CAS eFOLIO YEAR-END REFLECTIONS
Student Name: Lauren Forster Grade/ Advisor Group: Diana Ferreira
DP G12 YEAR-END CAS eFOLIO REFLECTION
|6 Reflection Prompts||Notes|
|OUTCOMES: Which of the 8 Learning Outcomes did you find the most interesting or relevant to you/your experiences? Why?||For me, self-awareness is the most relevant learning outcome. Not because it dominated my commitments over the other learning outcomes, although it did have a large impact, but rather because I feel each other learning outcome resulted in further awareness of myself. Whether my commitments be global or local, new interests or developments on existing ones, they all culminated in extending my self-knowledge and awareness of what I like and dislike. Furthermore my personal awareness of other skills was developed as well, such as insight into how I work with teams versus how I work on my own, or how I do in leadership positions of various scales.|
|WOW: Greatest “take-aways”(From which activity/activities do you feel you learned the most? Why? )||Learning to knit was a useful take-away for me as it was a new experience, as was kickboxing. Duke of Edinburgh and being part of TEDxids were interesting as they presented completely unique challenges. However, I feel I truly learned the most from being a Senior Prefect. This stems from the “real world” nature of the team, as I feel the things I learned about leading a team and working with different demographics are easily applicable to my life post-graduation and my professional life.|
|HOW: Questions that have emerged for you||I wonder how my experiences with the DP CAS program will affect my life post-graduation. I am curious about whether I will be able to continue some of my commitments in university, such as choir and kickboxing.|
|NOW: What next? How will you follow-up? Next step(s)?||While I may be unable to continue some of the less accessible commitments, I plan to use the techniques and skills I learned in other areas of my life. I plan to use the ideals instilled in me by CAS to continue to balance my life through academics, creativity, action and service.|
|SHARE: 1 excerpt, post or artifact related to a CAS experience||This is a photo of me and my Duke of Edinburgh group on our Gold Level trip in June. Despite my trepidation that has always surrounded the idea of being isolated away from civilization, this program was a major highlight of my high school and CAS experience. I think of it as the turning point at which I became more open to my other CAS commitments, and past that my high school life as a whole.|
|SO WHAT: Now that it’s over, do you see any value in this CAS eFolio thing?||At times, CAS seemed like a burden with no purpose. Any DP student can tell you about the stress of keeping up with CAS commitments while balancing our already hectic academic schedule, and fitting in a social life to keep us sane and ease our stress. However, when finishing the program, I do realize how beneficial the CAS program really was to my personal and academic life. It not only provided me with an outlet to pour my energy into as a break from school, and allowed me to meet people I never would have encountered otherwise, but furthermore instilled in me ideals that I have incorporated into the way I live. Action commitments, for example, were never something I was very interested in. Sports and exercise seemed like a waste of time to me which I could be spending reading or working on something creative, regardless of the clear health benefits they provide. After being encouraged by the CAS program to incorporate these kind of commitments into my life, I can say I’m now used to them and appreciate them far better than I have before. It is these kind of small changes that I believe are the true value of the CAS program, as they impact not only my time in the DP but my life post-graduation and into the future.|
At this point in the year the grads are more focused on their university acceptances than any classwork they might have. Although many of us, (myself included) have a handle on both of these things, some people struggle with the balance and have had issues in terms of dropping their predicteds or missing deadlines. For me, the only thing affected by this juggling act is my choir attendance.
Ever since grade 9, I’ve kept a relatively spotless record in terms of making it to every biweekly choir practice without issue. While at times I’m tired and wish I was at home sleeping, practice usually acted as a recluse from a busy school schedule. Lately I’ve noticed myself slipping a bit, missing practices never off my own choice but rather as a result of the demanding IB coursework keeping me up at night or having prior commitments in the morning, such as prefect door duty or a spanish oral. I’m having to miss the Banff trip due to final exams as well, which is unfortunate as I had a lot of fun last year!
I’m starting to get to practice more often now that a lot of my big assignments are out of the way. I think that it’s an important balance from my schoolwork and my plan is to commit more to getting to the biweekly classes while I still have the option!
With such a busy grade 12 year, making time for MTV has been tricky. We’ve tried to film multiple events but haven’t had the time to compile them or really get good quality footage, so we’ve decided to start clean with a new slate. It’s extremely hectic right now but in a month we plan to begin filming, perhaps with some of the unofficial grad events. Despite my busy schedule, I want to make time for film!
Now that the year is beginning to wrap up, I thought it would be a good idea to post a final reflection on my service, creativity, and action commitments for this year. Hopefully, writing down material on how each commitment has been going/has gone will help create some material for an end-of-year grade 12 post should I need inspiration.
I’d like to start with the Mulgrave Pins and Needles Club, aka the knitting club I’m a part of. Although it has admittedly been a bit fractured throughout the year, (rightfully, due to this being the first year of the club and our busy grade 11 schedule) I have enjoyed the time I’ve spent knitting and developed a skill I definitely did not possess before this year.
Choir has been my biggest creativity commitment this year, and continues to be a commitment I enjoy and find easy to keep up. The biweekly practices don’t usually pose a problem due to the fact that they’re before school, and I can still say that it’s something I enjoy and is easy to do with my friends. This means that it’ll be a good commitment for next year, if x block doesn’t interfere!
Duke of Edinburgh has been more prevalent than ever this year, due to the fact that it’s our gold level so the “pressure” is higher. By that I mean the organization and carry-out of the journey/practice journey are more difficult as it’s an extended period of time, and it’s harder to work on as our workload school-wise has increased in size and difficulty. Committing more time to it has made me fully realize it’s importance in my life, and I hope that our trip mirrors the experience I’ve had with it up to now!
Volunteering at the West Vancouver Community Centre might be my biggest service commitment this year, as I go every week. Happy to say that I still enjoy it and am benefiting from working with children! It’s surprising how seeing the world through their eyes can make everything seem so much simpler.
Green Team has been fun this year, and I believe we are making more progress than we have in past years. Although it’s been switched around a bit because of scheduling issues, I hope that it continues to be a part of my school life in grade 12. We’ll see!
I can honestly say that kickboxing has been an eye-opening experience for me this year. As my major action commitment, kickboxing has not only exposed me to a completely new sport but shown me that I have the potential to take up new things later in life and still grow and find things I’m good at. Although some worry that such a recent commitment won’t look good on a university application, where commitment to a long-term entity is the preference, I can’t help but wonder if the novelty of saying that I “kickbox”, as opposed to the traditional soccer and volleyball, could also be beneficial.
Mulgrave News Team is probably my favourite commitment for this year. I get an opportunity to work with my friends, do something I enjoy, create content, and showcase ourselves to the upper school. The only negative comment I’d have on it is that I wish we had the time to make more installments. The hectic schedule and workload of IB really eat up our free time, so it’s hard to produce enough content to be recognized fully. Not sure the plan for this next year, but I’d love not to have to pass on the torch quite yet.
Senior Prefect is a commitment that I didn’t fully expect or understand until I became a part of it. This is without a doubt my most rigorous and academically rewarding commitment, as playing a key role in the upper school is not as easy as it looks. And it’s not even our senior year yet! I’m looking forward to exploring this further next year, and hopefully developing my leadership skills and team-based learning to help the school run as smoothly as possible.
In terms of minor commitments, my view on them this year was that I would do them as extra commitments if I had the time. I actually took on three minors despite the lack of obligation. I partook in Zoom Film Festival, my favourite minor of this year, and learned a lot about my abilities in film and working in a group setting. I was a volunteer for an Oppenheimer Park excursion in which we helped provide necessities to the residents of a less fortunate section of East Vancouver, which was my most engaging and change-making minor. Lastly, I was a volunteer for the Grade 7 Science Fair with Jena. This commitment was one of the more interesting, as I got to see what the fair was like from the “other side” of the judging table.
I should mention yoga as well. Originally my goal was to do yoga throughout the year, however other commitments and conflicts came up. I’m not sure whether to count it as a minor, but I thought I would write about it just in case it does count for something. I think that yoga is something that is great for people who have the time, because it really does calm you down a lot! This would be perfect for next year when stress amps up even more, however I’m not sure that I’ll have the time. More on this next year? To be continued…
Hopefully more to come!
One of my most if not my number one creativity commitment this year is Senior Concert Choir. As someone that has been in the choir off and on since grade 3, choir is something that I’ve never questioned not continuing. It’s an easy, fun thing that I can do with my friends and get a commitment out of. I know lots of people join solely for the “commitment points”, but a lot of us are there because we really do enjoy it. It’s also very exciting this year because lots of guys from my grade joined, which means that next year when the gr 12s leave we might have a good base to build on.
On Dec 10, we went to ICBC to go caroling in our regular choir time before school. It went very well, but did get interesting when Ms. By suggested we do our new choreography for one of the songs having practiced it once. The employees at ICBC seemed to enjoy it, and we did get better for the Christmas concert.
This past Tuesday, we had our annual Christmas concert at the West Van United Church. I think it went really well, and the audience seemed to enjoy our songs especially our final number. From what I remember of doing this even last year or the year before, the event seemed a bit tedious to me because of the timing. We left the school out of our third block at about 1, went to the West Van United Church, and stayed there until 9pm, (omitting our dinner break). Every other year it has seemed a bit lengthy, but this year it was better because we spent the majority of the time practicing. I’m hoping my final concert next year will turn out just as fun!
Knitting club is a new club for me, but I’m trying it out this year as my major creativity commitment. So far we’ve been working on simple squares as it’s a couple of member’s first time knitting, (including me) but it is going very well. I’d say it was a steep learning curve, because it took me a couple meetings to remember how to begin the square but now I’m knitting a scarf in my own time. I hope so get better as the year goes on, and we’ll see if I end up knitting something more advanced.
Zoom was a part of the year I was really looking forward to in grade 11, partly because it’s something I love and partly because I’d never done it before. I got into a group of 5- myself, Sarah, Micaela, Josh and Stephen. At 5pm on Friday Oct. 25th, we received our theme and prop: Karma, and a ticket. My group had come up with a starter idea involving candles, (as we knew this would look great on film) and a girl who has interactions with different props. We fleshed out our idea into a workable plotline, and spent Friday night filming the few night scenes and scripting/developing the details. Saturday was mostly filming our main scenes until 3pm, and then editing until late that night. On Sunday, final touches were put onto the project and we made our way to Mulgrave to burn our disk at 2. We ended up handing in the burnt disk by 3, a full 2 hours before the due date, and we were pretty happy with the outcome.
Something my group did really well was working together to get footage. Although we all had our separate roles, it was obvious that we all wanted to try everything and we made it work. This meant that we all had help in our jobs and didn’t get stuck on anything for too long. We also had very good time management- as I can be a bit of a control freak and I know other people in the group who consider themselves to be the same, staying on track and not getting behind was important to us as a group. This was invaluable in such a time-crunch of a project, especially with the equipment we used and in the style of film we did. A last thing my group did well in Zoom was thinking outside of the box and being creative. It would’ve been much easier to choose an simpler idea and a more everyday example of karma, such as a teenager that misbehaves and gets caught for it. Going with a supernatural, difficult idea as we did was extremely challenging but I believe it made the project that much better.
One thing we could’ve improved on in our film was simplifying our plot throughout the project. We wanted to do a simple plot but ended up building on it until it because slightly confusing to the viewer, a fact which we only noticed, unfortunately, after we handed it in. If we really wanted to stick with the plot, next time I would add dialogue. We went for the affect of having only one line of dialogue in the film- something that limited us in how we could portray the story. Although adding dialogue might take away from the feeling of the film, it might be worth it so as to clarify the plot for the viewer. It might also have been helpful to film with a storyboard so as to get a better idea of what the clips would look like in the final product. I found that sometimes when we were filming, we didn’t know how to put together the scene so as to make it look great as a final product. Lastly, we spent a lot of time perfecting the editing process as opposed to spending more time perfecting the shots. I would’ve been more comfortable spending a lot of time getting each shot right and then editing more loosely, simply because the editing was more about adding extras while the footage was the bulk of the project.
Service Commitment Goals
– West Vancouver Community Centre Volunteering (self-awareness, exploration, planning & initiative, collaboration, commitment)
– Mulgrave Green Team (exploration, planning & initiative, collaboration, commitment, globalocal impact, ethics)
– Me to We Kenya Trip (self-awareness, exploration, collaboration, commitment, globalocal impact, ethics, new skills)
– Mulgrave News (planning & initiative, collaboration, commitment, new skills)
Action Commitment Goals
– Yoga (self-awareness, commitment, ethics)
– Kickboxing (self-awareness, collaboration, new skills)
– Duke of Edinburgh (self-awareness, exploration, planning & initiative, collaboration, commitment, ethics, new skills)
Creativity Commitment Goals
– Mulgrave Pins and Needles (collaboration, commitment, globalocal impact, new skills)
– Choir (collaboration, commitment, new skills)