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Final CAS Reflection

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 DSC_0647-2cj9a5v 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.

Final DOE Update!

Today it’s official: I’ve handed in my Duke of Edinburgh Gold level adventurous journey report, record book, and form. With that, I’ve finished my last level of Duke of Ed and the program as a whole! While most of my teammates handed in their reports earlier, my academic schedule didn’t allow me to work on the extensive report and book until late February. Over the past 4 years of my participation in Duke of Edinburgh, I can honestly say I’ve learned more than I expected about myself, my peers, and the environment around me. I can’t possibly list all I’ve learned, and I will not attempt to try, knowing that I cannot do the program or my experiences justice. Instead, I’ve attached some photos of my Duke of Ed experience for all three levels: bronze, silver and gold, spanning from grade 9 until last June. I look forward to applying the things I’ve learned in Duke of Ed to my post-graduate life, and thank Ms. McTavish for her endless support and guidance in the planning and execution of all of our trips!

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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!

Commitment Reflection

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!

 

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!

Knitting

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.

Volunteering at Oppenheimer Park

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A picture of myself, Sarah Halldorson, and a homeless man who played guitar while we handed out goods to the homeless in East Vancouver. Dan, the guitarist, was more than happy to take a picture upon my request as we got him talking about his band.

The event took place Friday night, in which we packed empty cooking tins with toiletries, chocolate, and kleenex, and Saturday morning to afternoon.

On Saturday, (yesterday) we handed out the tins as well as oranges, cookies, clothing, a bunch of different sandwiches we made, and bags to a long line of homeless. I’m always surprised at how kind and polite they are, and it really makes me feel grateful for what I have. I love seeing how grateful they are and having conversations with people that I otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.

LEGO volunteering

Volunteering at the West Vancouver Community Centre started again last Saturday, and as usual Sarah and I are volunteering for a 4-6 beginners lego course. It’s one of my favourite service opportunities because we get to work casually with lots of kids and some that even go to Mulgrave! Now that I’ve been doing this commitment for a long time, I’ve started to notice the habits of different types of kids. Although there are some that cause trouble, most of the kids are very easy to work with and it makes the class easy to teach. Hopefully the rest of the year goes as smoothly as our first class!

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)

DP Learning Outcome Goals

8 Learning Outcomes

How will your plan meet the 8 eFolio    Learning Outcomes

SELF-AWARENESS Reflect on what my interests are and how I can incorporate them into my school and personal life
EXPLORATION Explore new commitments and interests as well as furthering old ones
PLANNING   & INITIATIVE  Keep track of CAS commitments and stay organized with school work
COLLABORATION Work with others in class and within commitments
COMMITMENT Stay on track with commitments by attending meetings and keeping a log 
‘GLOBALOCAL’ IMPACT Focus on in school life as well as the global and local communities- and how I can impact them as an individual and as part of a group
ETHICS Reflect on morals throughout the year
NEW SKILLS Build up a skill base by learning new ones and continuing old ones
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