CAS Blog

Reading Tutoring Program

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

In 2017 I was a part of the reading tutoring program conducted within the school. I met twice a week with a younger (Year 7) student, and during these sessions, they read a novel of their choice out loud, whilst I provided the assistance and encouragement the student needed. As the sessions progressed, I saw a major improvement in the student - not only in their pronunciation or vocabulary knowledge - but in their confidence. The way in which the student learnt to approach words they did not know, or were unfamiliar with taught me lessons that I could apply to my own life about how to approach and handle difficulties, and further, allowed me to develop a greater understanding of and desire to support those who face learning difficulties in education.

Katherine Shores
Year 12 IB

Huynh's Art Club Experience

Thursday, September 27, 2018


Last Term I, along with Megan Alexander, Abbey Burley, Grace Lockhart, , Kiona Martin and Aurora Mok had our first Art Club session, which is open to all Year 6 students. Art Club provides an opportunity for students to make a diverse range of artworks and handicrafts. This term we have been working on art for the College Musical with an “Under the Sea” theme.

Art Club takes place every Wednesday lunchtime in Room 43 and we are there to assist the Year 6 students make their own works and to help them get the materials they need. Mrs Osborne is also there to provide support. As the group leader, I was in charge of organising the meetings for the group, taking notes on any artwork ideas and finalising the materials lists for Mrs Osborne. At the start of every Art Club, I would give instructions to all the students of the main activity we would be doing on the day and make sure that everyone knows what they are doing.

Overall, I have really enjoyed Art Club, it was a great activity that allowed us to make artwork for the Musical and give the Year 6 students and opportunity to enjoy some fun activities. This activity has encompassed elements of creativity and service, and has allowed me to develop my skills as a leader, and improve my collaboration skills. It was a great experience and I would love to do this again!

Nguyen, Huynh (Katarina)
Year 11 IB Student


 

 

Jenna helps Morgan achieve his JD Title

Thursday, September 06, 2018


As one of my CAS activities, I trained and competed in dog agility (for the first year of my IB course). This was something which I already had some experience in and had began training for, before starting the IB program. I have always loved dogs and thoroughly enjoyed working with a beautiful Dalmatian called Morgan. We trained 1-2 times a week and competed in a total of 6 double trials.

This sport contains both physical and mental elements which was very rewarding to myself and of course, Morgan. Together we achieved his JD title (Novice jumping dog) which was a wonderful experience for the both of us, as it was an indicator that our work in training had paid off.

Overall, this was a wonderful CAS experience which allowed me to develop new skills, face new challenges and build my confidence. 

Jenna Chapman
Year 12 IB student

Art Club

Thursday, August 30, 2018

From the beginning of Term 3, Katarina, Aurora, Kiona, Abbey, Grace and I have been in charge of running Art Club for most the Year 6 and 7 students. Art Club is held on Wednesday in which students are able to have a creative outlet at lunch, while also contributing to the musical this year in Week 9 of this term. As the musical this year is The Little Mermaid, we decided to make Art Club under the sea themed, where the students have made paintings, paper mâché, banners and other decorations. As the students are part of a club, it is an ongoing responsibility, and we aim to try and teach the kids a number of skills such as commitment, open mindedness, thinking outside the box while also having fun.

Teaching kids is quite a challenge, so it has really tested our skills, sometimes our patience too. But I think we have learned incredibly valuable skills through this experience, like developing our sense of responsibility and thinking on a scale bigger than ourselves, while also getting us to think creatively and improving our planning and organising to. I also think engaging with a younger age group has definitely helped develop our people and social skills, as we are connecting with people we probably may not have before, and it is quite rewarding seeing the kids have fun. I have developed a greater appreciation for the skills that our teachers have in order to teach us, and I am so grateful for being able to have learned some of these skills so that we are able to influence and teach young people, and bring a little bit more fun and creativity to their Wednesday lunch times.

 


The musical is in Week 9 and it is currently Week 6; the decorations look amazing and overall we are really proud of the students and all the work they have put in, and I’m sure the musical will be beautifully decorated.

Megan Alexander
Year 11 IB

Kika's YouTube Channel

Thursday, August 23, 2018

   

I have created a YouTube channel to record my life studying in Australia.

As it is the nearly the end of Year 12, I wanted to record these memorable moments forever, so I decided to film it and share it with my friends.

The first video I have done is a vlog video to the open day of The University of Adelaide.

I have used an app called "Final Cut Pro" to edit my videos. This is my first time using this app, it was quite hard to use at first, but once I got to know it I found that it is a very good app to use for editing videos.

Here is the link to my video.

https://youtu.be/XJxyqgVORik

KO Hei Tung (Kika) 
Year 12 IB Student

Surf Lifesaving with KUOK Long U

Thursday, August 16, 2018


At the start of the year I joined the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club and trained to be a life saver. Surf lifesaving is a great activity for people who, like me, are fascinated by the beach. It involves weekend patrols and other physical activity.

When training for the life saver test (Bronze Medallion) I struggled a bit at the start, but after increasing my training to twice a week over 1 to 2 months I passed the test and became a qualified life saver. Currently I am training for surf ski and winter time activities, other than patrolling.

This activity includes the elements of activity and service for CAS, it allows me to try different activities that I am not familiar with, improve my fitness, appreciate the importance of teamwork and I am able to give back to the community.

KUOK Long U (Lennox)
Year 12 IB student


Charity Group Telegram Service

Thursday, August 09, 2018


Earlier this year the Woodcroft College Charity Group held a telegram service. Over a hundred telegrams were sent out early in Term 1, each with an encouraging personal message aimed to make someone’s day.

As a charity ambassador, I was tasked with managing the service with the help of volunteer students across the college.

It was overwhelmingly positive to see so many people taking time out of their busy day to write a letter. Overall the experience was very positive and will definitely be run again.

Thomas Lu 
Year 12 IB student


Surf Life Saving with Amelia Birch-Smith

Thursday, August 02, 2018


Surf Life Saving has been a large part of my life for many years now, and is a great activity for CAS. Combining the crucial community service element of weekend patrols with the physical nature of the sport, produces a challenging but extremely rewarding activity.

Last season I particularly focussed on progressing new skills such as working towards my IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) crew certificate. This will enable me to perform different roles within the team, whilst patrolling, and opportunities to compete against other clubs.

The activity and service elements of CAS have certainly been fulfilled and enjoyed thoroughly throughout Surf Life Saving.

Amelia Birch-Smith
Year 12 IB Student

Pink High Tea Fundraiser

Thursday, July 26, 2018



My first CAS project was working in collaboration with Amelia Gibbon and Amara Campbell to plan and initiate a fundraiser for The McGrath Foundation. This particular charity aims to raise awareness for breast cancer and enable women in country areas to have access to breast care nurses Australia-wide. We decided to raise money in the form of a mothers and daughters morning tea.

Together and with the kind donations of our guests we were able to raise over $350 for the McGrath Foundation as well as spread awareness of the importance of the charity and what they stand for. It was a fantastic learning experience as we all learnt a lot about event planning and organising and the benefits of working collaboratively. We all had a lot of fun and learnt many valuable interpersonal and organisation skills, which will help us in our future endeavours.

Zoe Ogilvie
Year 11 IB student

 

 

The CAS Blog and other CAS things…

Thursday, July 05, 2018



Over the first semester, we have tried to showcase the wonderful work our IB Diploma students are doing in all three areas of the CAS program, those being Creativity, Activity and Service. We hope that you have enjoyed reading about their achievements and their challenges. The CAS program is aimed at the learning that happens outside the classroom and develops skills for lifelong learning. A large component of the CAS program is service. During week 6 of this term, we hosted a Service Learning Expo to highlight the many local organisations that students can engage with as part of their service requirements.

We would love to hear any feedback about the CAS blog or any input from the Woodcroft College community to promote opportunities to our Diploma students that they may not be aware of. If you feel you have information or an opportunity for students to be involved in, especially in the service aspect, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail.

Sarah Shoobridge
CAS Coordinator
shoobridge_s@woodcroft.sa.edu.au