The year is almost over and now it is time to reflect on my learning outcomes of CAS and how I have developed my knowledge from the beginning of the year, till now. I joined different activities for the fun of it, little did I know I was learning so much at the same time. Through all the different activities I have been doing, all of them have resulted as very educational, fun, learning experiences for me. Over the course of the year, I did many team sports such as synchro, basketball and volleyball. These action commitments made me improve my collaboration with others on the team as well as improving my skills for the sport. Not only did developing the skill of collaboration helped me with sports, it also helped me collaborate during group projects with other classmates. Some service commitments I did over the year was MPS and volunteering at mosque and at Solegirls. From service activities like these, I have developed the CAS learning outcome, planning and initiative and ethics. Creativity commitments such as band and choir helped me take my mind off academics so I could focus more on other things. From these commitments, I have developed new knowledge about these topics greatly. Overall, from my CAS commitments, I have had a lot of fun and I have learned many things.
Synchronized Swimming- at the beginning of May, summer season began. I am swimming at this swim club called NVC, it stands for North Vancouver Cruisers. We are going to be finding out our teams and starting our routines in 2 weeks!
Basketball- I was on the Grade 7B basketball team this year and our coaches were CJ and Vic from Grade 11. I learned many new skills and had a lot of fun on the teams. We placed 2nd at our tournament.
Volleyball- I was also on the volleyball team. Our coach was Ms.Bingham and we all had a lot of fun waking up every morning at 6am to get to practice on time.
Solegirls- I volunteer at this club in the junior school called Solegirls. Although I volunteer at this club, it also incorporates running with the kids. I have been doing this club since the beginning of term 2.
Active for Life- this is my Wednesday elective and we have done sports and activities such as rock climbing, snow shoeing, ice skating, hiking, lawn bowling, indoor bowling and curling. It has been a lot of fun because I love doing different types of sports we don’t get to experience at school.
Volunteering at Solegirls- This happens every Friday from 2-4 and I help out with activities and talk to the girls there.
Volunteering at mosque- I volunteer at Jamat Khana every Friday or Saturday and it is great because it makes you feel great when you help others out.
MPS- Although we haven’t gathered a lot of information during the year about the students opinions, we set up a poll recently and also set up a town hall where we gathered feedback and questions from the students of how to make Mulgrave better..
Vow of Silence- I successfully completed the vow of silence for the school day. I found it a challenge not to talk because talking is how I keep myself preoccupied and that is also how we interact with others around us.
Open House- In the winter, I volunteered to do an open house and showed a Grade 7 student around the school. We also explained to her about IB, CAS, edublogs and much more.
Concert Band- Although I missed the Whistler Cantando Festival, we are right now practicing for the Arts-appaloosa. We are playing four pieces there. The pieces are: Star Wars, Ancient Echoes, Newfoundland and Funeral March.
Concert Choir- In choir, we are also practicing for the Arts-appaloosa. We are going to sing the Mass Choir song (which I don’t know yet), Stand by Me and probably this song called Pure Imagination.
Art of Today- This is an elective I am in. Every week, there is a new project that we do. I like this elective because I can explore different mediums of art which I never do.
Journalism- This is also one of my electives and we make mini videos on events that are happening during school. Currently, we are making a mini video about the, “Grade 12 IB Art Exhibition”. We also learned how to use this program called Final Cut Pro and we learned how to edit.
Arts-appaloosa- This concert is happening on Wednesday. We are show casing our knowledge about African music and culture.
Christmas Concert- Concert that was so much fun in December! Our hard work preparing for this concert totally payed off!
Monday: Week 2-PE (45 min)
Wednesday: Active for Life (60 min) Synchronized Swimming (60 min)
Thursday: Week 2-PE (45 min)
Friday: Week 1-PE (85 min) Solegirl, running (45min)
Saturday: Synchronized Swimming (120 min)
Sunday: Synchronized Swimming (60 min)
minimum minutes per week: 210 minutes
Week 1: 430 minutes
Week 2: 520 minutes
So far spring break has been a really nice break from school! Over the break I have been taking on some service commitments as well as keeping up with my DPA. On the 16th of March, I went to a volunteer training session for a thing called Solegirls. This is a club that they have in the junior school. My sister has been in it for a full year now. She really enjoys it and she is more comfortable about herself, who she is and how to act at certain times when dealing with different situations in her home life and school life. I have already helped out for the 2nd term of the junior school. The founder/coach comes in from outside of school to run the club. Her name is Ashley Wiles. The vision of Solegirls is to: “Empower girls with tools to live healthy, active lives and create a community where girls are respected, encouraged, included and supported to accomplish goals, build their confidence, and embrace their inner beauty!” Overall, during this day, I had so much fun making new friends and learning more about Solegirls and how to show more leadership when helping out.
Check out more about Solegirls from this website: www.solegirls.org
My other service activity that I have been doing during the break is volunteering at our mosque. It is called a Jamat Khana. It has been a really busy week at mosque becuase it was Navroz on the 21st. Navroz is our new year. Kids and youth volunteers help out with many things on this night, whether it is cleaning up or greeting people. It is a really good opportunity to take on. I don’t just volunteer on special occasions, I volunteer at least once a week. Most days, I end of going to Jamat Khana on Friday’s or Saturday’s.
This week, my sister and I are also doing a volleyball camp to improve our skills and just to stay active. I tend to get restless over breaks if I don’t stay active. I am also continuing with swimming over the break.
Overall, my spring break has been awesome so far! I still have one more week though!
French 7 – January Test Reflection (Food Unit)
1) On my recent reading comprehension, I scored a 5 out of 8
2) The most difficult section of this test for me was: the C section
I think this was hard because the answers were not given right in front of me. I had to look for them and I had to understand the article.
3) I was successful in this portion of the test (why?)
I was successful at the first part of the test where you had to fill in the blanks because I knew what the waiter and customer were saying and how it would happen in real life. I also understood everything the customer and waiter said in French so I knew what goes where.
4) On my recent Visual interpretation, I scored a 6 out of 8
5) The most difficult section of this test for me was: finding the answers to the questions
It was hard to find the answers sometimes written in the text.
6) I was successful in this portion of the test
I was successful at understanding the questions because I memorized the question words.
7) What are the areas that I can improve in for French class? What are some aspects of French that I need help with and want to work on in class?
II need to work on reading comprehension and finding the answers that are not written directly on the articles.. Maybe we can do more reading comprehension sheets in class.
Basketball season has almost come to an end. Our tournament is next Tuesday at Mapleridge. I have been sick this whole week so I have missed two practices. I will try to catch up on the weekend and next practice. The first game we played was against Collingwood. In the end, we beat Collingwood 22-0 and everyone was really happy with that. I scored 5 baskets and assisted 3. The following week, we played Southpointe School. Although the drive was long, it was a fun game. This team way very aggressive and they had a lot of tall players. We tried our best though and in the end we lost 19-10. The next practice, we improved our defense because that was the main thing we needed to work on. After two weeks we went to Southridge for a game. In the end, we lost 21-14. I found that in this game we were getting more breakaways and we were taking more shots. With only half a week left in our basketball season, I am very excited to win as many games as possible at our tournament and become hopefully first!
Last Friday, I got my Term one Report Card. Overall, I am truly happy with my marks as I got mostly sixes with one 5 and one 4. I also liked the positive feedback and constructive criticism from my teachers. My marks added up to 44. That means I got on honour roll. Just two points away from principals list!!! I am really disappointed that I didn’t get on principals list. I know I tried my hardest to get the best grades possible this term though. For next term, I am aiming to get on principals list. For the subjects which I got lower marks, I’m going to ask my teachers what I can improve on. I am going to keep up my grades and try to get at least one 7 next term because I have never got a 7 and because it feels good once you accomplish something big.
For my English mark for term 1, I think I will get a 5E. I try hard, participate in class and hand in my homework on time. I also think I did the Roots assignment well because had good content and I spoke well and that I create good responses to the short stories we read in class. I think I will get an E because I try hard and participate in class.Next term, I would like to expand my vocabulary and find a way to make my writing more interesting. I also want to make sure I read over my work very carefully to check for silly mistakes which I make always when writing. I also want to use better grammar while writing. I am very excited for the writing skills and activities that we are going to learn and do in Term 2!
Here are my updated commitments of the year so far: volleyball, Basketball, Synchronized Swimming, Speed Swimming, Debate/Public Speaking, Choir, Band, MPS, religious education, volunteering at mosque, helping out at solegirls.