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Category: Creative Arts

Choir Update

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!

Choir

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!

Mulgrave News

This year I’m part of the Mulgrave TV news team- a group that puts together a short broadcast every so often to act as an updater for all of the students. I’m excited about this because not only is it working with some of my friends, it is something that I enjoy doing outside of school. I’ll hopefully be the cinematographer meaning that I get to do the filming and not have to act, something that I don’t enjoy quite as much. Although we haven’t begun filming yet, some ideas have been thrown around for our first broadcast and hopefully there will be many updates to come!

Commitment Goals

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)

Final Reflection- CAS Learning Outcomes Experience

This year I met most of the CAS learning outcomes to my greatest extent. My first goal, with learning outcome Self-Awareness, was to remember to reflect every so often on my levels of commitment to school and out of school responsibilities. I believe I achieved this to a good extent, adding Green Team to my commitments this year and taking away Open Arts Studio to focus on what I care about. I could’ve done better on this one by taking more time to reflect, but I think for the workload I had I did fairly well.

With Exploration, my goal was to learn new things within commitments. For me, the biggest commitments I’ve learned from this year are Personal Project, (if that counts), choir, and Duke of Edinburgh. From all three I learned many new skills and traveled near and far to achieve new goals for myself. I think this was one of my more successful goals.

Planning and Initiative was an interesting  outcome to fulfill, with my goal being to stay organized throughout the year with schoolwork and other work. I think this was one of my less obvious outcomes, simply because for some parts of grade 10 I was very stressed and for some I wasn’t. I do believe, however, that I managed my time in and out of school effectively.

For the Collaboration learning outcome, I wanted to do projects for commitments both in groups and by myself. I’m more unsure about the level of achievement on this outcome than any other, mainly because the commitments I’m in were more small things than big projects. I can, however, say that I did achieve this outcome as I can think of some projects that I did by myself and some with others. For instance, the Banff choir trip was mostly collaboration with all choir members for the entirety of that trip, including clinics and performances. However in yearbook, for example, I did all of the photography myself and that was a big year long solo project.

My Commitment goal was to keep up with all of my commitments by going to all group meetings. I achieved this mainly through one of my major service commitments, Green Team. Having a meeting virtually every week was good for me as it became habit and helped me to commit to the team even more.

For Globalocal Impact, my goal was to develop ideas focused on global issues rather than only school based. I achieved this by reading more newspapers and watching some news, as well as having discussions with my friends and teachers about whats going on in the world. This was mostly in Social Studies class with Mr. Hardy and ACE with Mr. Wilson.

My Ethics goal was to remember to ask myself if what I’m doing is right for me within commitments and within my life. I liked the outcome of this goal so much that I think I may use it next year as well, when I begin IB. This idea of doing things that I enjoy in order to organize my life helped me sort out my priorities and keep my commitments in the back of my mind all the time, throughout the year.

The last outcome, New Skills, had a goal that was more straightforward than the others. I wanted to learn new skills by constantly challenging myself within commitments and my life, which I achieved by doing just that. From learning how to sail in Duke of Edinburgh to learning new chords on the guitar, I believe that I learned more this year than I have perhaps ever before in a year. This was probably my most thoroughly achieved goal this year.

Banff Trip- Choir

I got the chance to go to Banff this year for a choir trip, which was such amazing experience. I’m actually writing this the day we got back just to make sure I can remember everything! To greatly simplify the trip, our choir and vocal jazz ensemble traveled 12 hours to and from Banff, Alberta, for the Canadian Rocky Mountain Festival of 2013. We performed songs as an ensemble in front of an audience of other choirs, bands, and our adjudicators. Eugene Rogers, the composer of one of concert choir’s songs, Jenga Imani Yako, was one of our adjudicators and got to judge his own song which we performed. That was a very cool experience for us, as was watching a feature concert involving a song all about hockey and seeing the amazing Count Basie Orchestra. We took part in two great clinics too- one for concert choir and one for vocal jazz. Being in an environment with people from all over Canada that enjoy the same things I do was an incomparable experience, mainly because of just how kind and friendly everyone was with each other, even in competition. I would definitely go again next year if I get the chance!

Yearbook Update

So far yearbook is going well- I’ve been taking pictures regularly throughout the year. My worry is that we won’t have enough art as it is only changed up every couple of weeks, and some things don’t have names on them. If they don’t have names I can’t use them because we need to give credit in the yearbook. I’ll be taking in my camera tomorrow to take pictures of the recent art- that way I’ll get even closer to the amount we need! I need to remember to bring in my camera more often too, just to have that extra time to take pictures and do my job.

Yearbook

This year I’m doing yearbook again with my friend Jolee, and lucky for us we got the arts pages! Last year I’ve heard that this section wasn’t handled so well, but hopefully this year we can remedy that. Our plan is this: I’ll take the pictures (of student art) throughout the spanse of the year, and Jols will edit it into the book. Of course we’ll both be helping each other if we need it. The one thing I really need to remind myself about is that I need to get names as well as the art, so we can write who did what! So far its going pretty well, except I keep forgetting my camera at home! I’m thinking about getting someone to just remind me to bring it in every, for instance, Tuesday lunch or something as that’ll keep me organized and ready to create.

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