Over my final year at Mulgrave, I had set a number of goals that I wished to achieve. However, at the time I unfortunately forgot to write about them on here, so I’ll do so now. Better late than never!!

1. Finish with of final IB mark of 40
As of right now, my predicted grade stands at 39, which is one off what I aimed to achieve at the beginning of the year. I still believe this to be very achievable by the end of the year, since I’m working very hard towards the final exams.
2. Receive acceptances to all the universities I had applied to
So far, I’ve received acceptances from all the schools and programs I have applied into, except for one, which I still think that will come in the near future.

1. Make the BCEY7’s Team Travelling to Las Vegas
After attending all the trials for this team, I actually did end up making it. However, due to some complications of my parents being away at the time, I was unable to travel to Las Vegas with the team.

1. Continue practicing and learn 10 songs on the guitar
After becoming more involved in teaching myself the guitar, since I no longer play the bass as often, I have taught myself quite a few of my favourite songs. I have surpassed this goal for sure as of now and do not plan on stopping to learn more anytime soon.

1. Increase participation with the Curio House Team as the Deputy House Captain
This goal has had its ups and downs throughout the year. At the beginning of the year, the house leadership team — including myself — worked very hard in sending e-mails, communicating and promoting all of the house-related events to our peers, and this worked quite well! However, as IB became more and more pressing with IA’s, mock exams and now final exams, it has been significantly more difficult to keep this up, although we are trying to.

Final IB Film

Just recently, before spring break, I finished my final IB film as well as the production portfolio that went along with it. This process was very long and very hard. The film is about a student named Calvin who has no motivation and refuses to do any work, spending his days playing video games. After finding an unlikely source of inspiration, Calvin is able to turn his life around. Our group was pretty well organized and despite this, we still ran into many setbacks that hindered the film. However, in the end I’m still very happy with the final product of the film as I worked very hard. My role within the film was as an actor and sound designer.

Final English Written Assignment

For the final English written assignment I had to complete in my IB career, I wrote about Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. This paper wasn’t too difficult to write since I had a great deal preparation in the previous year, making the process much easier. The following is the brief excerpt from the introduction of the paper:

In many literary works, secondary characters are of great significance. The development of the protagonist, and to develop to central ideas of the novel. In Madame Bovary – the story of a naïve young woman who ultimately commits suicide to escape her bitter reality –  Gustave Flaubert effectively contrasts the romantic ideals of Emma Bovary with the real relationships she holds with secondary male characters such as Charles, Leon, and Rodolphe to foreground the tenacity and superficiality of her unachievable romantic dreams. In addition, Flaubert uses significant male characters to provide insight into her inner conflict and foreshadow her tragic fate.

Mathematics IA

The Math IA that I had to write this year was about the Gini Coefficient. I had actually thought of this topic when studying Geography as the Gini Coefficient was mentioned in a lesson and really interested me. After doing more research, I found that there was a great deal of math involved in the Gini Coefficient. So I decided it would be a good topic to look into for my IA. The following is the introduction to my IA:

At the beginning of the year, learning calculus really came of great interest to me. Starting with limits, derivatives, and integration, I became quite interested in the expansions and applications of the topic. During my own research and studying ahead in the textbook, I came across integration and the calculation of the area under a curve, which I understood to be the opposite of differentiation, which I had already learned. The varying ways in which the area under a curve can be calculated mechanically, without the function, really interested me. Furthermore, the application of such calculations would prove to be of interest and show links between the subjects I am studying, in particular geography.

The Gini Coefficient is one area of geography in which I had studied earlier in the year. The Gini Coefficient identifies the income inequalities within a specified region, usually a country, and then calculates a coefficient between 0 and 1, to quantify the inequalities. The calculation of the area under a curve is directly linked to the calculation of Gini Coefficient.

Film Independent Study

In film, one of the biggest projects that I had to undertake this year was the independent study. As part of this assignment I had to write the audio and visual aspects for a documentary that compared 4 films all from different countries. This project is more difficult than it sounds, simply because of the correspondence that is required between the audio and visual components. The following is the rationale for my Independent Study:

While both the British New Wave and Italian Neorealism movements were brief, their thematic and stylistic significance in film history is unquestionable. As means of political comment, and additionally the exploration of topics and ideas previously thought “taboo” or “controversial”, both Italian Neorealism and British New Wave films were created.  In this documentary, I will explore some of the significant thematic and stylistic aspects that lend themselves to developing the concept of Social Realism, throughout both of these movements.

Biology IA

Right as I got back into school after the summer break, the first thing that I was met with was the Biology IA. During this time, things in grade 12 started moving right away so I had to be very diligent in delegating my time to each individual subject, although Biology took up most of the time with my IA. The topic I chose for my IA was to do with changing the copper sulphate levels in the soil of a Runner Bean plant and observing the changes in growth. The following is the hypothesis I had written for the final IA:

If the concentration of 0.1M Copper (II) Sulphate solution within the potting mix increases, then the growth of the plant should remain relatively the same, until the 0.1M Copper (II) Sulphate concentration surpasses 1.8 mL/150 g. However, taking into account the natural growth variation that exists between plants. This is because excess levels of copper inside a planting medium, can interfere with many aspects of plant biochemistry, including membrane integrity, pigment synthesis, and photosynthesis which can directly influence the standard growth of a plant (Fernandes).

Extended Essay

The Extended Essay process was a very long and tough one. It began towards the end of grade eleven, went throughout the summer and into the first term of grade 12. Despite the tedious nature and continual work that was required for the project, in retrospect, I’m glad that I had done this as it taught me many valuable lessons about time management and research. The topic I ended up choosing revolved around the economic and geographic influences that 2011 Rugby World Cup had in Auckland, New Zealand. The following is my final abstract of the paper:

Globally, mega-events are known as unique, one time events that take place in a specific city or country. One such event took place in New Zealand in 2011, The Rugby World Cup (RWC). Of the major cities that played a role in hosting the RWC, Auckland had the biggest role, hosting closing and opening ceremonies, as well as semi-final and final matches. Asides from touristic benefits stemming from such mega events, geographic and economic influences in the short, and medium term have been identified to play a role in Auckland. Thus leading to the consideration of the research question – To what extent has the 2011 Rugby World Cup geographically and economically benefitted Auckland, New Zealand?

This paper will discuss and analyze said geographic and economic influences. By first analyzing a portion of the urban regeneration that occurred as a result of the RWC, a conclusion can be made relating to the RWC-related geographic influences.  Subsequently, the short and medium term economic influences measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), retained jobs, sectoral value, and varying business influences, another conclusion can be made.

The conclusion made towards geographic influences was positive, showing that specific projects stimulated by the RWC, have been identified for their upside in different aspects. In addition to this conclusion, economically the RWC has had a benefit towards the Auckland economy showing a 0.52% medium term increase in GDP (compared against years prior), significantly higher sectoral values in the year of the RWC, and large, positive economic growth, in comparison to all RWC-related expenditures.

While these conclusions were made, limitations to the paper also exist. Geographically and economically, the greatest concern related to the lack in data found in the years following the RWC, where the legacy impacts would have been identified.