CAS Blog

2019 Musical Crew

Thursday, March 12, 2020


I was so glad to be a part of the makeup team, because even though I am interested in attempting to do makeup, I am not a professional, people still trusted me to do their makeup. During the process, my makeup skills seemed to get better and I became more confident than at the beginning. Likewise, I have to say thank you to my team members as they gave me a lot of support and told me what to do or what kind of makeup the performers needed to have and some different advice. This let me feel less panic when I was doing makeup for the performers and build up my skills.

On the other hand, the feeling that the musical brought me was amazing. Either performers, teachers or crews, they all worked hard and put lots of effort into the musical. Everyone seemed to be very passionate about performing in the musical which I never had an opportunity to see a fantastic performance like this in Macau before. Now, I am looking forward to see the musical again in 2020!

CHEN Weiqi (Yolly)
Year 12 IB Student

Year 6 and 7 Disco

Monday, March 02, 2020

Volunteering for the Year 6 and 7 Disco last year was an entirely new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The girls who went on the Cambodian tour at the end of last year wanted to raise funds to ease their financial burden, and this event was just the right one to do so. Even more so, I was very excited about this event as we had been planning to do it for several years.

Members of the Charity Team were asked to run different activities throughout the night. I chose a dance competition as I am a dancer myself and have observed several competitions over the years. However, this was still a challenge for me as successfully planning and running an event aimed towards to younger kids would be difficult. So I made sure to select songs that were fairly recent and popular to gain the children's interest. I also chose songs that were age appropriate and not overly sexual for the Year 6s and 7s. Then these songs were sent to all the tutor groups to select from and choreograph in two weeks. All the classes took on the challenge and it was extremely rewarding to see their involvement.

Then I researched party games appropriate for children aged 12 - 13 and chose to do Pass the Parcel, Party Bags, Musical Statues and Back Up. I had to choose the items for the Party Bags myself, and I went on a hunt to find as many weirdly textured things as possible. For Pass the Parcel, I wanted to make it more unique and suited to the night, so I researched about some challenges and then set to create one myself. So when the students were actually playing the game on the night, I got to witness the excitement of them getting to open it. Alongside, I also filled up the two piñatas that were hung up on the night.


We also consciously made the choice to not use streamers and balloons so as to reduce plastic waste. I suggested we use glow sticks for each student as an alternative, which we ended up using on the night. The students were excited to have them, and it also helped create the mood for the disco. Most of the students ended up taking their glow sticks home or made sure to dispose them off, which was what we had hoped for.

The dance competition turned out to be the most anticipated part of the night, where everyone of us were waiting for the performances with bated breath. Each one of them were extremely well done and it was a pleasure to judge them. I think that the Year 6s and 7s found it just as enjoyable as we did, which made the activity, and the whole event, all the more successful.

Manika Sareen
Year 12 IB Student

CAS Day 2019

Thursday, December 05, 2019

This year’s CAS day encompassed all three strands of CAS, Creativity, Activity and Service.

We began the day with Service sorting and organising the Anglicare hampers. The Middle and Senior school community had donated a large number of hampers for the Anglicare Christmas appeal.We checked through each hamper to make sure that the required items were in there and then added a few extra Christmas treats. Hopefully the 72 families that receive a hamper this Christmas time will know how much care and good wishes were put into every box.


Next was onto Adventure Rooms where students had to use their creativity and their smarts to escape situations. The students were in two different teams and were battling to see who could escape faster. We then enjoyed a quick lunch down the mall.


Finally, we headed back to Woodcroft for Activity, where Hannah Guy educated the group on relaxation and stretching, a great way to deal with study stress.


It was a great experience for all involved and I would like to thank all the students who embraced the day so whole-heartedly.

Sarah Shoobridge
CAS Coordinator

Artwork inspired by Bali

Thursday, October 31, 2019

In July, I went to Bali, Indonesia for a family trip. While travelling, I had also planned to study the culture and ethos of Bali and create two artworks inspired by this.

Even on the first day, it struck me how important the tourist industry was to Bali as it is one of the major contributors to their economy. There were hotels and shops everywhere, ranging from modern to traditional and expensive to reasonably cheap. Some shops were dedicated to just souvenirs and massages. It had also become more crowded, in contrast to the very quiet place I had visited almost 11 years ago. I think it is important for an economy to flourish, but I also felt that the character of the place had also been, to some extent, changed.

Since Bali is famous for its arts and crafts, especially the stone sculptures and the temples, we went and saw many temples and palaces that showcased these in intricate detail in stone and marble. We went to one such palace that had a series of identical stone sculptures along with walls and courtyards lined with gold. Balinese paintings are also world famous and they have created schools of painting. Here, various artists have gotten together to form cooperatives, where they study, exhibit and sell their paintings together. So we went to a one of these cooperatives, and I found one of these artists going through the painting process and I was fascinated.

Inspired by these visits, I created two artworks. For the first one I used different types of pencil colours, including metallic and water colour pencils. I hadn’t pencil coloured in along time, so it took me a few tries to get re-accustomed to the grip and texture. Then to highlight the intricate details on the sculpture, I went over a fineliner to outline the drawing. I intended to keep raw look for the second one, so I used water colours around the pencil lines. It was very tempting to outline the painting, but I resisted in order to maintain its aesthetic. Despite having not done art for six months, I was proud of the end result.


Manika Sareen
Year 11 IB Student

Leading a Student Ensemble

Monday, October 21, 2019

For Showcase this year, I decided to create a student ensemble to audition with a piece. The ensemble consisted of students from Years 10 - 12 who played a range of instruments including the piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, drums and guitar. As an instrumental group, I put together an arrangement of David Bowie’s classic hit Let’s Dance, featuring an added saxophone solo from Travis Hossack and the vocal line played by Jeremy Talbot on the clarinet. We successfully made it into Showcase and performed this piece on two nights, which was really enjoyable. I had a great time playing the guitar with the ensemble, and it was so awesome to see everyone’s dedication to rehearsals and practicing pay off! Thank you to everyone (Ally Gum, Ella Crossland, Ella Dallimore, Emily Adams, Jeremy Talbot, Lachlan Daniels and Travis Hossack) for making this ensemble a success!


Georgia Dallimore
Year 12 IB Student

Volunteering in Beijing, China

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


On the 18 January 2019, I went to the Chenguang Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Centre for Children in Beijing, China, to make dumplings for the children with difficulties. The XiaoYa charity group holds the activity, and  dumpling making happens every Friday.

The activity began at 7am and the volunteers are in charge of all the procedures in making the dumpling, from cutting vegetables, making the skin of dumplings, putting them together and cooking them. In the end, we had more skin than filling, so we had some decorations made from flour and made muffins instead of dumplings.

The division of work was important in the activity since there were lots of work for us to do. Therefore time management is needed, a group of people made the filling while the others made the skin. We all needed to communicate so we could do the work efficiently.

The whole point of this activity was to bring warmth to the children with difficulties. I used to do similar activities in China, like teaching children to speak and play with them. The rehabilitation centre can't get much attention from the government in China, so the power of volunteers are needed. I also saw a boy who I met and played with three years ago. It was nice to see him growing up healthy, although he may not remember me.

Raymond Wang
Year 12 IB Student

 

Fundraising Dinner for Amnesty International

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Over the past three months I have organised and initiated a fundraising dinner for my fellow IB students to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International. We successfully raised over $350 that will go towards fighting for humanitarian rights worldwide. I cooked and served a three course meal for everyone and was given the opportunity to discuss why I decided to host this dinner and how it impacts everyone in our community.

Amnesty International is a non-government organisation aimed at the enforcement of universal human-rights world-wide. They do this by researching and exposing corruption or injustices to provoke positive changes in communities. The organisation is entirely without religious, political or economic interest with the primary goal of universal justice. I felt this to be a very impactful organisation with the genuine ability to influence positive change across the world which is why I chose to support them. I have always been very interested in global politics and am eager to have the ability to influence change in a significant way.

Zoe Ogilvie
Year 12 IB Student

Devonshire Tea at Kingston House

Thursday, August 15, 2019

 

At the end of the year the school is hosting a study tour to Cambodia with ROK Kern. This study tour lasts for 12 days and is aimed at Australian Schools “to help schools who have a heart to care for vulnerable children, to learn about the harm done by orphanages, and the benefits of family-based care.” (Children in Families | Cambodia, 2019). When the school mentioned that they were holding a study tour to Cambodia I knew that it was not an opportunity I could pass up. To be able to go on this study tour, we need to pay our own way, which was $3,000. To raise some money to help pay for my part of the trip I decided to hold a Devonshire Tea at Kingston House. I chose Kingston House because I used to volunteer there on Sunday’s when they would hold their weekly Devonshire Teas.

Before the date of the fundraiser I had to organise raffle prizes and also get the word out about my fundraiser so people would attend. At the end of my planning I had eight raffle prizes with two being kindly donated. I also had a list of approximately 30 people coming which I was very happy with. Then the day before the fundraiser I had to go after school to set up the tables. After setting up the tables I felt a bit more confident about the day but I was still slightly nervous about the running of the day and worried that I was going to have forgotten to buy something even though I knew that I had checked everything off my list.

The fundraiser was a great experience for me because I had never organised or planned an event like this before. The experience was very fun, although it was sometimes stressful but overall is was very enjoyable and I would do it again if I got the chance. Overall I think the fundraiser was very successful as I raised $1,006 which is fabulous as my whole cost of the trip is $3,000, so the money raised is a big chunk of this. I also was told by many people that came that the Devonshire Tea was very fun and that it looked beautiful.

Amy Watt
Year 12 IB student

Tracking daily run with GPS

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Over the past month I have started running in the mornings before school on weekdays. Each morning when it wasn’t raining I got up a 6am, put on my running gear and go for a run around my area. By the end of the month I had run over 31km over a total of 15 days. The screen shot below was taken from an app called Strava which is used to record the time and distance and where I ran by GPS tracking. This screen shot is from the first day of running, because I hadn’t done any physical exercise since I stopped playing basketball at the beginning of the year, the first week was especially painful because I was out of breath and was slow but by the end it look me around 5 minutes per/km instead of around 9 minutes per/km so there was an improvement. During the running I changed paths to keep from being repetitive and so I did three different paths - a long path for the first few days to get my fitness up, a path that goes up and down hill and the last one was laps around the block which I did three times per run 800m per lap.

 
Flynn Noble
Year 12 IB

Becoming a Surfer

Thursday, August 01, 2019

 


 

I used to live in Hong Kong, which is known for the concrete jungle, and now I am studying abroad in Australia, a country with sea and sunshine. I have joined the school surf club for two years and have become a surfer.

I went surfing every Thursday after school for around two hours in South Port Noarlunga with the surf club. At the beginning, I was a bit clumsy as I needed to master all the new skills to surf, but the more I surf, the more I understood how to paddle quickly, catch the wave, balance on the surfboard and surf in the sea. As a beginner, I found doing the paddling and standing on the surfboard quite challenging since we needed to have good balance skills on the surfboard as we were floating on the sea with waves. Also, surfing requires lots of coordination of the body, so we need to push our upper body up and twist our shoulders before we started standing on the board and tried to move our body a bit forward to change the surf direction. I can now stand and surf smoothly and master the skills without falling. Moreover, sometimes we can also go to the river and practice our balance by standing on the surfboard and float along the river as a free ride back to the storage room of the surfboards. Being able to enjoy the wind, the sun and the speed surfing on the surfboard in such a beautiful and clean beach, surfing is definitely an extraordinary sport activity to attend. I do not regret joining the Surf Club.

I really love surfing and feel so fortunate that I can surf now. It is beneficial that I take myself out of my comfort zone and develop a new skill and become a surfer. Also, I can learn to work with others to team up and carry surfboards together on a windy day to the coast. Since joining the Surf Club, I have learnt more about the surf culture and environmental aspects of the ocean. Surfing is an unforgettable experience; I don’t get much chance to surf in Hong Kong. I will definitely continue surfing as my leisure and sport activity.

by Aurora Mok
Year 12 IB Student