Here we present edited highlights of some of the comments made by IB Diploma students at Regents who have recently completed the CAS component of the programme.
Teaching to the Baan Maelid Hill Tribe
"Teaching is hard! Being a student, I have come to realize that I should never underestimate the power of teachers!
I found this activity extremely hard, from the planning process until the very end, as it required me to think on my feet and change plans when it seemed that things weren’t going as planned. I am not a very active person, so I had to really force myself out of my comfort zone when trying to act out verbs in front of the students.
I’ve shown commitment and worked collaboratively with my group in order to get lessons planned and coordinated. Moreover, through doing this activity, I’ve really come to realize the importance of education for children to succeed! Education not only broadens your knowledge, but also prepares you for the harsh world out there. Living in a rural area like Mae Hong Son, I think that education is key for the children at Baan Maelid to be successful."
Kerboom! Chemistry Club
"Kerboom! Chemistry Club has enhanced both my knowledge of carrying out experiments and of collaborating with a younger group of students.
It is also useful to be able to apply existing chemistry knowledge to real life applications/experiments. This week, we made perfume, which made me think about the novel we are studying in English: 'Perfume: A Story of a Murderer' by Patrick Suskind. The novel described the process of distilling flowers in order to get its essential oils, and it all sounded a bit like hocus pocus... but it turns out that people really did simply extract scents from plants. We actually went out and got flowers, crushed them in a crucible and began distilling them. We heated them with a tiny amount of water and alcohol and then collected the condensed oil, called the 'essential oil', in a glass beaker.
My fellow Kerboom! students and I are keen on starting our own perfume business after that experience!
We have tried many other cool experiments: we made plastic out of milk and other organic products, produced 'fake glass' by heating sugars, created our own bath bomb and watched demonstration experiemtns such as the screaming jelly baby experiment and the King Kong hand.
Overall, I think this activity has really helped us appreciate Chemistry as a science. This is especially true for younger students, who I think don't always acknowledge how important school subjects are and how they relate to our adult lives - it gives us a whole new perspective on what Chemistry is all about."
The Regent’s Race
"I was really excited about the Regent’s Race. This event was a new challenge for me because I’d never run 5km before. I remembered the one in Sports Day was only 3.2km. During the run, I was pretty glad that Mr. McConnell was always in front of me, so I was motivated to continue running. When I arrived at the Oval and was about the finish the last bit, I overtook Mr. McConnell and sprinted off. I remembered at the end, when I was sprinting, I could not feel anything because I was exhausted. As soon as I arrived at the finish line, I felt really sick. Overall, this event was worthwhile because it was a big challenge for me. I set myself a target that I would reach the finish line in 40 minutes and I am very proud that I did better than I expected with a time of 31 minutes. I came 2nd out of the senior girls' group. So I am very proud of this. If I have a chance to run again I would like to try to beat my time."
Model United Nations Conference
"I remember panicking at one point, as I was not prepared to answer any open-ended questions from the floor. I was very scared of not being able to think on my feet - however I pushed myself to do so.
It was horrible. Very horrible. I almost choked on my words. I was also extremely confused to say, "Will the Chair please thank the delegate of .... and tell the delegate of... that..." every single time I was supposed to speak. I found that part of the day the most challenging but it was definitely a new experience and a leap beyond my boundaries.
Overall it was a fun and new experience. Although there were times that I thought I wouldn’t be able to go up in front of the delegates and speak, I managed to show perseverance and make myself do it. By the time we were attending the closing ceremony I began to relax once again and breathe normally as I was no longer scared or nervous about making any more speeches. The experience I got from MUN, although it was largely frightening, was also very informative as I began to engage with the world’s political disputes and problems of different countries. I was also connected with the students from other schools and shared my opinions about different topics as well as listening to theirs.
MUN was definitely something new and challenging for me, however, I enjoyed my experience so much that at the next opportunity I might even consider doing it again and hopefully be a little more prepared!"