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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.

Jolee’s Swim meet


I took this about midway through the swim meet

On Jan. 22nd, I volunteered at Jolee’s Personal Project- a swim meet for schools in the Vancouver area. I was in charge of food and photography along with Claire, Cam, and Micaela for the whole meet. This was pretty fun for me because I love photography and food was easy to coordinate, as Jolee’s mom was a big help. It was her job for the whole meet to help out in the hospitality room where the food was kept, so Claire and I didn’t really have to help out that much. I think it was a success because everything went according to plan and there was nothing missed. Next time Jolee does a swim meet, count me in!

Adult Supervisors List

Just realized I made but never posted a list of adult supervisors for each of my commitments! Here it is.


Yearbook- Ms. Ferguson

Choir- Ms. By

LEGO Workshop- Dave B

Green Team- Ms. Ferreira

Personal Project- Mr. OC

Soccer- Willie Mounzer

Benny’s Flashmob (minor)- Barbara Cytrynbaum

Jolee’s swim meet (minor)- *TBD*

Duke of Edinburgh? (ask)- Ms. McTavish

Yoga- Nola


Benny’s Flashmob

Last Saturday and Sunday I helped out with Benny Jean Cytrynabaum’s Personal Project; a flash mob to raise awareness about shark finning. The event counted as a minor service commitment. This project SO cool for me as she is a close friend and I got to develop my photography/videography skills. I videotaped the behind the scenes of the practice on Saturday and the actual event on Sunday! I got to see the planning that went into the project (A LOT) and the final outcome, which went really well. I really learned to appreciate how much work everyone is putting into their projects. I still have to give Benny the footage I took both days, but I beleive that once it is all put together it is going to look great. Today (Tuesday the 22nd) I actually worked on Jolee’s Personal Project; a huge swim meet, but that will be another post in the upcoming weeks as right now I’m very busy with my own Personal Project!

Personal Project Updates

So far, personal project has been great! Right now I’m in the completion of project stage; I’ve finished the actual creation of my project but now I have to get ready for the project report. By the end of the month I have to have a detailed outline of the report- I think I’ll start making that after exams end. I hope to develop it a lot because I don’t want to fall behind!

Personal Project so far

So my personal project this year, Perspectives of the Glass City, is going really well! To put it simply, I’m taking pictures of parts of Vancouver that people don’t usually get to see much of. Then I’ll be making a book out of that, and a short movie about it as well. I also just learned that it counts as a creative and possible service commitment, which is nice because it just adds more commitments to my year! I’m really enjoying the editing process, which I’m on as I’ve finished taking the actual pictures. More a much more detailed summary, see Anyways, I just wanted to write a little about it because so far I’m really enjoying the project and everything is going smoothly!

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