Year 12 student Herman Palmgren and his IB CAS group organised a great competition of Dodgeball on Saturday 10th October to raise money for Blue Sky Healing Homes. Please see an article written by Herman below.
To start off with, we have never done anything like this and we have never played dodge ball. So we have increased our awareness of our strengths because we have done things we have never done before. We have realised what we are good at and not so good at. For example, I learned that my strength was to make timetables and I also learned that I’m not very good at communicating with teachers.
We were also working in groups of 7 and we had to assign everyone different tasks and communicate this so that everyone knew what they were doing and to have a smoothly running tournament. We showed commitment because we had meetings every week and a CAS lesson as well as during lunch times. We showed commitment as we did this continuously for a couple of weeks. We were engaged with issues of global importance as we gave all of the money we raised to Blue Sky which is a Charity for handicapped children and the money we raised can help a lot of children.
We considered ethical implications as we made risk assessments to make sure that the Tournament was safe. We also considered which charity to donate the money to and we made sure we gave it to the right people.
We also learnt that next time, we would need to discuss and improve communications within the group to ensure that there are no misunderstandings. This could have prevented the pizza delivery delay on that day. We could also have talked more to teachers about the bake sale.
For the Dodgeball tournament, we had 39 participants that were all BSB students. The team from Year group 11 actually won the tournament. We played some serious round robin games with final play offs but we also had games just for fun with mixed teams.
In summary, it is a very good experience for all of us who participated in this charity project.
Update from: Year 12 student Herman Palmgren