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.

DoE Gold Expedition Reflection

For my Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journey, me, eleven other students, two teachers and one guide went on a five day kayak trip in the Desolation Sound Marine Park, north of the Powell River. Desolation Sound Marine Park was established in 1973 by BC Parks and is a Provincial Park. These waters were first sailed in by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, and upon noticing the remoteness of the land and seascape named it Desolation Sound. In addition, Desolation Sound is within the traditional territories of the Hamalco, Sliammon and Klahoose First Nations, who have occupied many areas in Desolation Sound for thousands of years. Many of these First Nations groups still rely on the sea life in the waters of Desolation Sound for traditional food.
I chose this journey as kayaking is activity that I enjoy very much. Also, I had done some research prior, of Desolation Sound, and it seemed to be a very interesting place to kayak with high biodiversity which would prove to be compelling reason to visit. Finally, I wanted to bond some more with some peers that weren’t directly in my group of friends, and the trip was a great means of doing so.

Before the journey, months of preparation were needed to ensure that our group knew exactly what we were doing. In the beginning, it was more just deciding on what kind of trip we wanted to go on, and as we found out, kayaking was a very popular option. After this, the group split up into different areas to fulfill a specific task. For example, my friend Michael and I made ferry and bus booking for the trip, whereas some others would decide on the kayak route. When it came to the week before the trip, we all packed our dry bags according to the list that we created, and also organized tent groups, and meal plans. In my group, we split up the who brought what in terms of food based on what was easiest. For example, I brought a breakfast, one dinner, and all the lunches. We also set up the leader system, which would see everyone, in pairs, lead part of the expedition for the day, at least once. Prior to the journey, all of us had been on previous sea kayaking expeditions so everyone was prepared and knew what to expect for the trip as a whole.

On the 25th of June I arrived at school at 6:00 am to prepare for the trip. For the next half hour we collected group gear like tents, and pot sets, and filled nineteen dromedaries with clean water for the trip. We caught the first ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale at 7:00 am. From Langdale we drove in the bus to Earl’s Cove where we caught a second ferry to Saltery Bay. Finally, we drove from Saltery Bay to Powell RIver Sea Kayak where we set off. At this point, we learned protocol of how to pack, unpack, and move our kayaks safely, which proved to be a strenuous and whole-group task. We set out into the water at 2:30 pm for the destination of Hare Point; our campsite for the night. This was a 4.5 nautical mile kayak that took about three hours, with us arriving at 5:30 pm. To my pleasure, Hare Point was an exceedingly scenic campsite, with many of the tent platforms along the side of a rocky ledge, overlooking the spectacular ocean view. The night prior to the expedition, I froze bolognese sauce. This sauce thawed over the trip of the first day, leaving it fresh to eat for the first night. Despite taking a little while longer than the other group’s meals, the pasta was one of the best dinners we had over the entire trip, due to its sustenance.

The next day was, unknowingly, the longest journey we would have the entire trip. We awoke at 7:30 am, intending to leave at 9:30 am for the 6.2 nautical mile trip to Tenedo’s Bay. Upon finishing our morning routines, we quickly realised how much time we truly needed to get ready in the morning, as we got into the water nearly 45 minutes later than we expected. Nevertheless, we set out at a good pace and reached our lunch area, Portage Cove, at 12:00 pm. We had a quick lunch of ham and cheese bagels to refuel ourselves, and then set out for the remaining journey to Tenedo’s Bay. Along the way, as many of us stayed close to the shoreline, we found that there was much wildlife to be observed, and nearly too many Moon Jellyfish. We finally arrived at Tenedo’s Bay at 3:00 pm, and all of us were very tired. However, the promise of a refreshing lake a short hike away revitalized everyone. Unwin Lake was a 15 minute hike inland from the camping area in Tenedo’s Bay, and in my opinion, was one of the best parts of the trip. Having a dip in the exhilaratingly cold lake was so nice after being baked in the unforgiving sun all day long. Many stray logs in the lake also served as boats and devices of entertainment in the lake, as an hour in the sun flew by. It wasn’t until I got out of the lake that I realized the awful tan lines I had received from wearing paddling gloves and short sleeved shirts all day, but thankfully no burns. That night we had Korean Ramen for dinner, that also was very tasty. Michael and I had volunteered to be the leaders for the next day, so we had a few big decisions to make. We had to separate options that we presented to the group for the next day. One included travelling to Prideaux Haven for a day trip and returning to Tenedo’s Bay to sleep again. The second was to travel to Martin Islands on a slightly longer trip, but would give us a new camping spot. The group decided on the latter, and Michael and I figured out the logistics for the rest of the journey, on the next day.

We woke up 7:30 am again, but left at 10:30 am knowing that this trip was shorter than the last. As was planned out the night before, We had a brief stop for lunch at the Curme Islands, which was a beautiful spot that many of us would’ve like to sleep at, however Martin Islands was our destination. Along the way there were a few attractions, for example we stopped at a small rock formation along the way, named Ray Rock. Ray Rock was home to many seals and we observed them for a while before continuing. After our 5 nautical mile journey to Martin Islands, we arrived at 2:30 pm. Martin Islands, like Hare Point housed a beautiful vista for us to enjoy, however one downside was that there wasn’t an outhouse. For dinner that night we made Kraft Dinner, and a lot of it. We set up a camp fire that night as well, and for me was one of the most enjoyable nights with much story telling and fire-side banter. In spite of this late night, we had to sleep well for what we expected to be the hardest journey thus far.


Now on day 4, we had to make the 8 nautical mile trip from Martin Islands to Grace Harbour, that was past Hare Point. We expected this journey to be about 5 hours long, and with the wind and waves, could’ve been even longer. When we reached the tip of Martin Islands, before we made a large traverse across an open body of water, the wind battered the boats and many people knew what we would be in for. To our surprise however, the wind and currents came to our aid pushing us towards our destination more quickly than we could’ve ever imagined. Contrary to what we thought earlier, the trip was a 2 and a half hour journey, and we arrived at Grace Harbour at 12:00 pm. We were ecstatic to realize our day wasn’t to be as hard as we expected, and happily exhausted when we arrived at our final campsite of the trip. This day the sun was hotter than the the past few days, and the promise of yet another rejuvenating lake was music to our ears. Black Lake was about a 20 minute hike from the campsite at Grace Harbour, however when we arrived it was not what we expected. Black Lake was more a bog, despite its unappealing appearance we were desperate to go in. The water, unlike Unwin Lake, was warm and silt-filled. There were many submerged logs and also, as we later found out leeches, making our trip to Black Lake very brief. For our final dinner of the trip our group made Uncle Ben’s Rice with some pepperoni sticks. After dinner we played some games with the group, and presented our final reflections together. My tent group, consisting of Michael, MattIMG_3099 hew, and myself, presented a collection of poems we had created during the course of the trip entitled, Cringes: The Anthology. After looking upon some of my peers reflections in pictures, speeches, and much more, it had only now settled to me how much fun I have had on my final outdoor expedition with Mulgrave School. In a rather mellow and sentimental mood, I 13533065_966253170158526_8679946092274935907_nslept early that night, excited to return home.
On our 5th and final day, we had a very brief 1 and a half hour kayak back to the Powell River Sea Kayak launch area. We unpacked our kayaks for the last time, and we relieved to finally be homeIMG_3086ward bound. Although happy to be leaving and to return back to ‘civilization’, it was a bittersweet feeling knowing that this is one of the last memories I would have of my time at Mulgrave. However, the skills I have acquired and friendships I have formed will last a lifetime, and I’m sure not going to forget this trip anytime soon.

2015/2016 Final CAS Reflection

This year, I have set out some difficult, yet attainable CAS goals which I am very proud of my work on. For Athletics, at the beginning of year I made a goal to travel to Las Vegas with BC Elite Youth 7’s U17 Team. I did achieve this goal and unfortunately, lost in the final in a year older division as I outlined in an earlier post. I now hope to continue with this team into the summer, as I could possibly play in another 7’s tournament in Victoria.
For Academics, I set the goal to achieve at least all 5’s, 2 6’s and and 1 7 on my report card. In the first term, I was on track for this, but missing one six. For the end of year report card I believe that I can achieve this, and possibly further, but I will find out after June Exams!
In terms of Creativity, I wanted to travel to and compete in the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, for both Jazz Band and Chamber Choir, which I did and had a great time. I look forward to doing this again next year.And finally, for Service, I played a role in SSAC this year and mainly organized the Spirit Week Talent Show and Halloween Festivities. Looking forward to next year, I am on the Prefect team and am Deputy House Captain in which I will have to take some leadership roles.

Over the past year CAS has had a large impact on me through allowing to learn and try new skills, collaborate with others, take new risks and create a difference in a local setting. In terms of collaboration, organizing the Global Week Talent Show was quite a big initiative that I needed to collaborate with multiple people on. In addition, projects such as Action 4 Esther or Halloween Festivities allowed me learn new skills, and furthermore work with different people. One area of my CAS that I am very proud of is my rugby accomplishments of the past year, as I worked very hard to achieve them. Through a great deal of personal mediation and perseverance I was able to push myself to make both the BC U16 15’s Team and then, in 2016 the BC Elite Youth 7’s U17 Team. Asides from all of this, CAS has also made me become very aware of my schedule and timetable. During basketball season, I was very busy, which in turn forced me to be on top of all my schoolwork and other aspects ofle  life, which I know will be a valuable skill throughout my life.