CAS Blog

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
[email protected]

 

Six Week Fitness Program

Friday, June 29, 2018

My first CAS experience was planning and completing a six week fitness program which involved various types of exercise such as cardiovascular, strengthening, recovery as well as mental exercise. I completed exercises such as yoga, meditation, walking, foam rolling, playing tennis and netball training as well as incorporating one rest day per week.

The goal of my fitness program is to improve my flexibility and build on my fitness in preparation for the Melbourne Netball Tour at the beginning of July. I also aimed to try new exercises that I have never completed before such as yoga and mediation.

My fitness program has been a wonderful experience which has challenged me to set time aside to complete exercise and also complete new skills. However it has also tested my time management skills as at times it was difficult to manage completing homework and still have time to complete each the daily schedule of my fitness program.


Amara Campbell
Year 11 IB Student 

 

Georgia Dallimore learns how to make Okinomiyaki

Thursday, June 21, 2018


My very first CAS experience was working alongside Jeremy Talbot and Megan Alexander to learn how to make Okinomiyaki, a traditional Japanese “savoury pancake”. As we are all IB Japanese students, this was a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our culinary skills and also learn more about Japanese culture.

Okinomiyaki loosely translates to “How you like it”, so there were many different versions to choose from, as the batter and toppings used vary throughout regions of Japan. After lots of research and planning, we devised a recipe that was close to the traditional version (we had to alter some ingredients that were hard to find in Australia) and organised a day at school to make it, with Mr Tennent as our supervisor.

We wanted to share this experience with others, so we invited the Year 11 IB International students along to try the meal with us, as well as take the opportunity to get to know them and share more about our cultures. The Okinomiyaki was delicious and relatively simple to cook once the batter was made, and we all agreed it was a meal we would definitely make again.

Overall, it was a fantastic day and a great chance to see first-hand the types of experiences CAS can open up for students.

Georgia Dallimore
Year 11 IB Student