Today was the day of the first in a series of post-IB exams events, it’s the graduation ceremony of the class of 2015 at KIS (the very first international school I went to). The ceremony was boring and interesting at times, though it’s a bit short, to be honest as it only lasted from like 15:30 or 15:45 to 17:00 or 17:30, although with that very short duration it’s not possible to throw in huge disco parties anyway, so I’m not expecting those kinds of stuff at this graduation ceremony.
Though most or all of the speech I heard mainly pertain to the class of 2015 at KIS, the structure and way it is organized is a preview of what I would be in during next Saturday, for the STA class of 2015 graduation ceremony, which is, surprisingly, 7 days away.
When I first arrived, my first impression is…the school has not changed at all, in terms of appearance, since when I last seen it in early 2008. It may have changed in some ways, but I just can’t see/recognize the changes. The old playground that I use to hang out during breaks and lunch was still there, I think, although I do not have the time to check out everything, so it may have been demolished, changed, or upgraded in some ways, but I would be surprised if it, too, hasn’t changed at all.
This, in effect, brought back some of my old memories, in addition to meeting my old friends. I think one that clearly came into my mind is the exhibition project I did during grade 5 (year 6). To think back about it in a mature and grown up way, it is an amazing project; the so called ‘Benefit Dinner’ in March 2008 (March 14th, 2008 might be the exact date, I’m not sure) was a great event, after all, in addition to I think a Children’s Day some time in April of 2008. But the truth is, back then I was too young and immature to recognize the goodness of the project, and considered it a waste of my time/too hard/too much work/etc that I think I didn’t put in a lot of effort into it. But to compare it to what I did in CAS, this exhibition project is pretty much a CAS project as well, though unofficially since it was done before the Diploma Program, but it had virtually all the elements of CAS (creativity, action, and service aspects). The service part is…a visit to an orphanage center, I think, and the creativity part is…several boring and unproductive works/activities, E.G movies/music band performances/etc. I’m not sure about the action part, but I doubt there would be any. There might be some action parts, but I can’t remember right now. The Benefit Dinner would be considered a creativity/service part as well, and so for the Children’s Day as either creativity, action, or service, or all 3, or 1 or 2 of the 3 elements. Another thing that I think came up just now is the missions and objectives of the project. I think I still have digital records of those somewhere, but it’s pretty much like a CAS activity goals/targets.
If I could go back in time, I would probably try putting more effort into this project as it’s an amazing project, almost as good as the CAS projects I did during my IB Diploma Program, if not better, as some of the works produced weren’t entirely my work. For example, I still remember a movie that I showed during the Benefit Dinner…that one wasn’t my work entirely, or in fact, I might not be the one producing it as back then I think I’m too lazy/unwilling to do it/don’t have the necessary skills/software, or all 3 of them.
Another old memory is…the residential trips. They’re of course great events, especially the trip to Kanchanaburi in 2008. The activities are literally the same as the ones I did in 2010, but the critical difference is the quality of people in my team. Yes, I’m going to say it now, the quality of people in my team during the 2010 trip was…horrible! Maybe not absolutely horrible, but the quality of people is not good still. My team didn’t even win anything! In contrast, people in my team back during the KIS trip were a lot better and I think I and my team even won something. The activities are similar, but…once again, it’s the quality of people that differs! But needless to say, that’s not the first time I’m stuck with low-quality people in my team. One of the groups I worked with during the year 9 trip to Chiang Mai was also quite bad and the January 2014 trip last year…the quality of people in my group was equally bad. Fortunately that’s the last time that I have to deal with a low quality team as the quality of people in my group during the March Chiang Mai trip and the Habitat for Humanity Khorat trip was quite good.
Anyways, that’s it for now…I can’t wait for my graduation ceremony next week!