Despite exam season, I wanted to keep up my action for this last half of the semester by playing some relaxed badminton every week on Mondays, especially since I learned to truly love playing badminton (both competitively and casually) after SAISA!
It was hard to get a court and play badminton with the correct rules but it was interesting because somehow we managed to squeeze 3 people on a court and play 3vs3 match with some 7th graders. I mostly tried to move a lot and practice playing in the back of the court. One of my missions that session was to teach Sadira how to serve (to no avail) but, this attempt meant that, alongside working on my own skills, I should try to take on the challenge of getting Sadira from a not-so-good badminton player to a sub-par player. Hopefully teaching the little I know will also help me develop my own technique. Next week we should definitely try to play a game with proper rules. After a few more sessions, we were able to play on courts doubles and singles, this significantly helped me develop skills more. I worked on my control although it was a big change to go from several practices a week to only on Mondays for ‘fun’.
I think the casual environment is a good way to wind down the senior year but still keep up my fitness. On top of this I have been going for walks over the weekends and so I hope this all will help me continue to be a balanced person later on after the IB.
Celebrating 5k with the squad!
On the 11th of March 2017, my friends and I participated in a charity run for 5km, beginning at Independence Square, for the Rainforest Trust of Sri Lanka. In order to participate, we each sponsored saplings to be planted in the Uda Kirawa forest corridor. This is globally significant as the NGO is focused on saving and protecting Sri Lanka’s rainforests in a time where these rainforests are barely surviving the negative impacts of deforestation and climate change. The organization is also interested in sustainability which is something that everyone should be concerned with, keeping in mind future generations.
In terms of ethical issues, not only did we have a great morning of exercise in the Sri Lankan tropical weather, we were able to contribute and understand the significance of what the money we raised went to support and become more aware of a local issue, and connect it to a larger global problem.
Taking a break.
Somehow, we were some of the few runners to finish the course first!
refreshments – photo credits to Illuminate Artists
Overall, it was a great combination between action, service and fun, which truly made Holi even more of a meaningful celebration than it already is! As you can see, the powder colors thrown at us (which were apparently also biodegradable!) really bring life to the streets of Colombo.
Food and Fun Fair took place on March 11th, 2017. It is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness within our school community whilst also engaging in fundraising projects. Both of these advantages were perfect for our service group, considering we only established this year.
1. Holi Fundraiser
We organized Holi, continuing on from our previous service tradition and it was a success. We did run into a few problems with the rain. Although Holi is still celebrated in the rain, we debated whether to go through with it or not. In the end, it was a high anticipated event and we were able come together as a team (LO5) to make it happen. We earned more funds than we did last year and the clean up and maintenance went much more smoothly than it did last year.
Holi in the primary playground
2. Selling Caps
Unfortunately for us, although we did get the caps in time for the fair, it was raining for the majority of the time and so the demand for the caps decreased. Overall, we sold them for a reasonable price of 600Rs and sold a few, but not nearly enough considering we still had many left over. I think it’s important to see how we took a risk, considering we wanted to sell something other than t-shirts. This experience taught us how to plan and initiate another fundraiser and definitely was a challenge in which new skills were developed (LO2), since selling caps turned out to be evidently more difficult than selling t-shirts.
Update (30/03/17): With the leftover caps, we decided to put up a publicity on our Facebook page and hopefully with more people being seen wearing it, we will be able to sell even more. Perhaps this can be a project carried onto the next year, considering there are more outdoor events at school in the future that these caps could fare well in.
We have a lot of exciting features to introduce to the yearbook this year. These past months have been a bit of a struggle – I only had a team of 3 people. Ms. Mora, our teacher supervisor, and I have tried to pull some more people together to make it work out but I see a lot of benefits in a smaller group as well.
Nevertheless, I am so grateful for the 3 other people who decided to join and have dedicated their time to help out with the planning. We were able to establish a clear theme and direction for the yearbook. The new people in yearbook pick up new skills quite easily and communicate with me so the collaborative aspect is going really well.
My personal interest board to keep track of learning new graphic design skills
Although I am in charge of senior pages, those pages are fairly uniform and not nearly as much fun as designing events pages. As I have done in the past, I always use events pages to develop new skills and to experiment with skills I have learned already from last year. Unlike last year, however, I’m glad I am taking initiative to combine my Photoshop skills with my InDesign skills and work on both programs regularly (whereas I used to just focus on InDesign before). Sometimes, it still baffles me how much you can learn in such little time. For these past few months, I learned many new functions in Photoshop even though I have been using it for 6 years!
Glimpse of UN Day spread; combining fonts and pictures to make meaningful spreads
Stay tuned for a final update and more eye-catching designs in April, when everything will be finalized for print!
Above, you can see what we did for our introductory session where we met a few of the girls we would be working with, for the first time. We used a map to show where each of us was from and shared a cake and other snacks with them while talking. For the past few weeks after introducing ourselves to the girls, we planned two sessions focused on physical activity.
1. Yoga on the Balcony
We planned out this session knowing that the girls had also done their own yoga classes without us, meaning it wasn’t something completely new and hard to follow for them. In the beginning it was led by Alex, Ariana and Diana who did yoga after-school activities in school. I learned a bunch of new yoga things myself, such as the sun salutations sequence.
Yoga with the girls – led by Alex, Ariana and Diana. Picture credits to Kaavya
Afterwards, each of the girls came up to the front and we copied the yoga move they demonstrated. They had big smiles on their faces and weren’t afraid to take the lead! On top of that, we even created a fruit bowl with ice-cream and sat and talked with the girls downstairs. Overall, it was a good way for us to bond and wind down!
Creative fruit bowl! Picture credits to Alex/Diana
1. Zumba/Just Dance
This session we brought in tutorials from Just Dance and using the projector in one of the classrooms in the center. I haphazardly tried to follow the moves with my limited dance abilities… nonetheless it was a very exciting session at the center. It helped tons that the songs were interactive – during the last part of the session, we all partnered up with a girl from Emerge and did a duet dance and that was definitely my favorite part of the session. I’m glad the girls enjoyed it and one of them even asked for the videos afterwards to dance on their own!