Action, Kickboxing

Proposal: KickBoxing

Experience type: Action

Duration: February 2017 – April 2017

Supervisors: Ms. Pindera

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm, my home

This month, I will be undertaking a brand new challenge – kick-boxing! Given that I have not had any regular and scheduled exercise slot since the volleyball season, this will be an incredible addition to my schedule and very challenging for my fitness. I have identified this as an action CAS experience because of the physical exercise involved and the lack of creative/service output on my behalf. Each week, I will participate in a kickboxing class in my home as a means to provide for fitness to my weekly routine. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to not only develop my physical health but my character as well as it provides the following learning outcome:

Learning Outcome 1: Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth
I believe that reflection is central to action-based CAS activities as fitness and sports allow us to address goals on a more superficial and obvious level. In the case kickboxing, because I am a beginner there will be many things that I will not be able to do and I hope that in the next week I will identify those skills so that I am able to track my growth through working towards them. Similarly, I hope to identify and further develop personal strengths.

Learning Outcome 2: Undertaking new challenges
As mentioned previously, kickboxing is brand new to me. This presents it as a new and unfamiliar challenge which is significantly emphasized upon by my level of fitness currently. Through this process, I hope to be more interested in undertaking new challenges in terms of exercise and fitness because I fear that I am too focused on only volleyball which could potentially harm me when it comes to my fitness and health in university.

Learning Outcome 5: Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities 
As I mentioned previously, reflection is an integral part of this process. Given the challenges that this activity presents, it will be important to persevere as I have already dedicated myself to an hour. Perhaps with perseverance and dedication, I will find myself extending the time spent on this activity however, it is important for my mental/physical health to at least maintain the schedule which I have set aside.

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Creativity, Theatre

Proposal: HS Play

Experience type: Creative

Duration: August 2016 – December 2016

Supervisors: Ms. Patel, Ms. Payne

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00, black box costume room

This semester, I will be working in the costume and props department of the Black Box Theatre Company’s rendition of “Twelve Angry Jurors”. I have identified this as a creative CAS experience given the creative thinking and process involved in costume design and preparation along with the more conceptual aspect as how it fits into the themes associated with the play. This is an incredible opportunity to undertake new challenges, plan and initiate activities, work collaboratively with others, engage with issues of global importance for the following reasons:

Learning Outcome 2: Undertaking new challenges 
Although I have been involved in theatre from a very young age, this year marks the first time that I am so heavily involved in the backstage and specifically in costume and props. This is a completely different aspect of theatre which requires new and different skills and, with this, entails new and different challenges. This includes a stronger emphasis on design and visuals along with organization and logistics.

Learning outcome 3: Plan and initiative activities
This year, the Black Box Theatre Company has decided to have this play directed by teachers both on stage and behind the scenes. Although this minimizing the relevance of this learning outcome, it remains significant in the fact that we are supervised by teachers however, the brainstorming, planning, and sourcing of materials in essentially on behalf of the students.

Learning outcome 4: Working collaboratively with others
In order to execute a professional and well-done production, there are a variety of individuals involved. I am working most closely with three other girls in the costume department and as we have no particular leader, although some may take on this responsibility through their characters, it is a great example of working collaboratively and really building off of each other. Outside of our smaller group, we have to work alongside the set to make sure that the costumes will not clash or sink in as well as the actors so that they feel comfortable with how their characters are being portrayed.

Learning outcome 6: Engage with issues of global importance
I think that this is the most unexpected outcome to arise from this project however maintains relevance. The play that is being put on is “Twelve Angry Jurors” and discusses in depth the themes of justice, social inequality, and in turn social responsibility. We were given the job as costume designers to channel these themes while challenging the strict perimeters that the original play presents. Through portraying these ideas on characters in a play without setting we try to illustrate the timeless and more true aspects of each of these themes and therefore understand them in a more global way.

 

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