CAS requires students to take part in a range of experiences and at least one project. These should involve:
|1. real, purposeful activities, with significant outcomes||This is an activity that was very difficult since it had to be done the time around exams. However, people in Sri Lanka that were affected by the blasts really needed financial aid and Amanda Amarawansha really brought our attention to this issue. I really wanted to help that is why I took on this project, it had a clear goal and it was going to help others in need.
|2. personal challenge||Since exams were near, it was quite challenging to take on a project this big with little guidance. Ms. Morgan (played a supervisor role and helped me) was also busy and wanted me to be independent. This is a project that was made out of scratch completely by myself with a more development touch from Ms. Morgan. Conducting everything, every volunteer bowl making session helped me build my leadership skills since it was the first time I had played a leadership role alone
|3. thoughtful consideration, such as planning, reviewing progress, reporting||In art, there was a lot of clay that was not being used and something had to be done about it. To use the extra clay, I brought a rough plan based on this to Ms. Morgan and she helped me develop it further. With a rough developed plan, I was on my own to plan everything, see if volunteers can make a good amount of usable bowls and keep track of everything on the same time because clay pots have a lot of stages. Drying, burning, glazing and burning again takes a couple of days and I had to keep up with everything. That’s why I made a schedule for people to join and kept it as organized as possible.
|4. reflection on outcomes and personal learning
|Would have done it but now my time is being used for my REAL CAS project 🙂|
However, I soon learnt that you need to get the CAS coordinator’s approval before you proceed with the project. It was a very insightful lesson and I shall never forget what I have learnt from this experience. Through this ‘practice’ project, I have learned the following:
- How to initiate a bad CAS Project, however I have learnt from this and I have identified my areas of growth, such as following all the steps thoroughly (LO1).
- More Learning outcomes are posted ahead
Bowl for a Goal:
Planning to arrange the dates:
(Was also announced during sports day)
MSSGA also got involved for the supply of ice cream which was very helpful. They contributed LKR 10,000.
Extra shared documents for more information for people who are interested:
Poster made by me that were posted up to get more volunteers. Gecko Network was contributed by making couple of posters which included the prices, ice cream flavors and more information for when I was selling the bowls with ice cream.
WHAT IS THIS?
We currently have excess amounts of clay and Ms. Morgan and I have come up with an idea where we can gather volunteers to make clay bowls and cups during lunch time.
These bowls and cups will be made out of clay during lunch at Ms. Morgan’s room which we will sell on June 3rd, Games Day.
All the money raised from this will be given to Amanda Amarawansha to help refugees at camp and others in need. He came in on May 9th talking about this situation before service in the PMPR.
If you are interesting in helping us out, you can volunteer by letting me know on which days you can come by, I will gladly add you on our list.
You can use your creativity and create unique and fun bowls and cups.
Email me if you have any questions.
(1) “Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth”
Since I was doing this project alone, I was able to identify my strengths such as proper planning and my leadership skills from service was really reflected throughout the process. Some areas for growth include more time-management through the clay making process.
(2) “Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process”
It was my first time initiating a project individually, so it was a huge challenge however I learnt a lot throughout the process and felt accomplished.
(3) “Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience”
I was able to go through all the five stages of CAS due to my participation in all three strands for the past year. I brainstormed an idea and moved forward with it in collaboration with all the students who volunteered to help me make the clay pots. This strengthened my skills to initiate and execute a plan.
(4) “Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences”
I was engaged in this project from the beginning. My commitment to the project is showed through the various steps I had to go through and time I had to put into it.
(5) “Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively”
As more people got to know about it, such as the MSSGA, Gecko Net and many other individual volunteers, they wanted to help and all the help was accepted and encourage since it is clear that we can achieve more as a collective.
(6) “Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance”
After the blasts in Sri Lanka, everyone effected by the blasts needed help. People like Amanda Amarawansha were bringing our attention to this issue and the financial aid needed by the locals. Understanding the seriousness of the issue, I was devoted to do anything in my power to help the people in need. This action was in response to the issue locally in Sri Lanka.