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GCD Core: Community Engagement

For the past 2 years I have been part of Refugee International Japan (RIJ) group. In RIJ we fundraise during school events, which we send them to NPO RIJ. This NPO use our funds to invest to support refugees all over the world.

My first RIJ fundraising that I participated was during PTSC in September 2017, where we sold postcards, which was relatively successful as we were able to sell sufficient amount of cards. We then sold postcards along with keychains during food fair 2017, but this was not as successful as not as many people came to where RIJ booth was. This was an important lesson for me, as it made me think of ways that could raise school community’s awareness towards refugees around the world and the RIJ.

The most significant event that RIJ hosted, was the Live Aid in March 2018. I personally suggested several activities that should be played during Live Aid, and it was a great opportunity for us to interact with school community and raise awareness of refugee status and RIJ.

On September 24 2018, we hosted a bake sale, where we sold Tapioca Tea during school recess. Before selling the tea we all had a discussion on who brings what, and I volunteered to bring 2L of milk tea, and help to set up the booth. We also had a long discussion regarding price of the tapioca tea, as it will be very important for us to gain money, but at the same make students and teachers buy them, so it was hard for us to have a balance between demand and supply. Eventually, thanks to all RIJ members’ collaboration, this sale resulted in great success, that tapioca sold out very quickly. I also think that warm weather also made students and teacher want to drink the cold tapioca tea.

During food fair 2018, we decided to sell fully hand made keychains, along with postcards. I was participating in selling procedure for 1 hour. However, for the first twenty minutes we were not able to sell as much, because we were quiet, and RIJ booth was in front of Language Building, where not many people came. So, me and my partner decided to move to entrance of cafeteria, where there were more people, and we started saying “Buying this will help you save refugees around the world”, both in English and Japanese. Because of this, a lot of people started buying keychains and postcards, that by the end of our shift there were only few keychains left. Through this, I also learnt that showing passion, location and creativity is very crucial in raising community’s awareness towards RIJ and refugees.

Participating in RIJ not only helped me to learn about refugees around the world. However, along with geography class (which I take), I was also able to learn how we can help refugees, and the ways that we could raise awareness of community towards RIJ and refugees. For example, not only selling postcards and keychains, but with passions, and I also learnt the importance of thinking how we can get more communities’ attention, which can lead to increase in RIJ’s revenues, and more awareness towards refugee, which may lead to change in something. As aforementioned, this was evident during food fair 2018, after finding out that it is not a good method just to sit and wait for people to come, we decided to move to another place, and started talking to people passing by, and because of this, more people stared talking to us, and bought our product. Moreover, through Tapioca Sell, I learnt the importance of considering not only  RIJ ourselves (revenue, profit), but also customers into account (price, what they want in this weather), so that both RIJ and communities will be satisfied, and if customers are more satisfied, then there will be more awareness towards refugees around the world.

Me selling Tapioca Tea during morning recess on September 24 2018 

GCD Area of Expertise: Leadership

I have been playing YIS Varsity Tennis since 9th grade. Until last year (11th grade), thanks to captains I did not necessarily took leadership, but rather specifically focus on my tennis performance. Moreover, after my match I used to just relax and doing personal things, while I did not often go watch my teammates play or cheer them.

However, now that I became co-captain this year, this changed. This is the first time I ever take leadership in any kind, so I was very nervous whether I can lead the team, but at the same I wanted to try myself as well. As a captain of the team, not only I need to focus on myself, but also the whole team. I would need to look after my teammates (communication, during practices), cheer them, give them advices (tennis skills, mindset, points about opposing player if I have seen him before) support them based on my 4 years of tennis experiences.

Based on what captains were doing in the past 3 years, I did not find it as difficult as I was thinking all I need to do was to just communicate well, and support my teammates. However, being captain turned out to be very difficult on the first match of the year against St Mary’s in September 1, 2018.

After the loss of my match, I was thinking about what went wrong, and what I need to improve. I was also eating lunch, and doing my personal things. However while I was doing it time passed very quickly, and I was not able to watch teammates play and cheer them. Some of my teammates also lost, so I regretted that if I cheered them then maybe they might have won.

This experience taught me the importance and difficulty of being a captain, especially in terms of sacrificing myself a bit to help the team by encouraging my teammates and so forth. My first experience as a captain definitely helped myself on the next match against CAJ on September 28, when YIS beat CAJ by 4-1. I personally won the match as well, and after the match  I was able to watch teammates play, cheer them, and give advices which I was not able to do on the last game against St. Mary’s, although this is one of the key roles that captain should play. From this match, I further learnt the importance of not only caring about myself but also everyone in the team, by leading, cheering and giving advice, which would guide to success as a player but also a team.

After the October break, we will be having our final tournament, Kanto Tournament, which would be the last match for me to play for YIS. As a compilation of what I’ve done as part of Varsity Tennis, I am looking forward to perform at my best, but at the same time have leadership as the captain.

Me playing against CAJ on September 28 2018.

GCD Core Value: Global Understanding

I have been attending to Modern United Nations club since 11th grade. As I kept on attending to the meetings I found myself being fascinated and interested about how countries have different opinions of solutions towards certain global issue, based on their cultural and religious background, international relations and their financial power. Debating with other countries with different viewpoints allows me to understand global issues being debated recently, and obtain multiple perspectives towards them, which helps me to be more open minded an unbiased.

My first MUN conference was the K MUN in November 2017. It was about whether countries should possess nuclear weapons for their self protections. As a perspective from delegation of Serbia (me), we made a resolution saying that they should not be possessed as consequences of bombing is catastrophic (not only to human beings, but also to the environment)and based on Serbia’s experiences of being bombed a depleted uranium bomb during Kosovo war. On the other hand, some other countries, mainly HICs said that they should be able to possess as nuclear weapons can function as nuclear deterrence, and can also be used as nuclear power plant, although it may cause a severe consequence on environment. Participating in this debate allowed me to understand about global debate regarding nuclear bomb, and how countries have different opinions, for example HICs tend to support possession of nuclear power plant, while LICs tend to condemn possession due to ethical and environmental factors, allowing me to understand 2 conflicting opinions.

The second MUN conference I attended was the K MUN in November 2018. The debating question was “The political and economic impact on those countries accepting asylum seekers and victims of forced migration.”. Since it was second conference I was able to confidently state out points of informations and gave suggestions when forming resolutions. I was the delegate of Bulgaria, and Bulgaria was against refugees as Bulgaria could not afford to save refugees. However, this reason did not apply to all the anti-Refugee countries, and several HICs were part of this resolution, unlike the conference in 2017. For example, Singapore was against refugees, due to its small area. Some countries were against refugees as ruling government party was right wing. Moreover, majority of countries in this resolution feared that refugees might lead to increasing unemployment for citizens, increase in crime rate, and terrorism. On the other hand, reasons for pro-refugee included human rights, and demographics, which was very common in countries with ageing population. Not only HICs were pro-refugees, but also LICs as well. This was different from issues regarding nuclear power plant, where more HICs tend to support possession of nuclear weapon while LICs condemned. Being part of this conference allowed me to understand one of the biggest world issues of refugees, and how there are variety of reasons why countries are for/against refugees, including financial power, government policy, demographics, human rights, and fear towards unemployment, crime rate, and terrorism.

Overall, being in MUN did not only help me understand Global Issues that are highly debated around the world. But, attending to conferences and debating also helped me to look at these issues from multiple perspectives, which allowed me to become open minded. Moreover, speaking in front of many people (during position paper and point of informations) allowed me to be more active speaker, while I used to be nervous of speaking in public.


Resolution made during KMUN conference in November 2017. Contributed to this as delegation of Serbia.


Resolution made during K MUN in November 2018. Contributed as delegate of Bulgaria.

GCD Core Value: Intercultural Communication

I speak Japanese, English fluently and also a bit of French. I couldn’t imagine using 3 languages in my daily life before I learn them, and I feel proud of being able to speak multiple languages.

I have been learning and using Japanese since I was born as both of my parents are Japanese. I have not had any trouble with learning Japanese as I use it everyday. One thing that caught my attention is that Japanese has a lot of letters (hiragana, kanji, katakana) compared to English. Japanese also has a lot of registers (formal, informal, colloquial etc) which I got to learn about how there were hierarchies in Japan. Taking native level Japanese class in MYP and HL Japanese Lang&Lit in DP allowed me to learn change in Japanese language and characteristics of Japanese through analyzing literatures and advertisements.

I started learning English when I first moved to New Zealand in 2012. In the beginning, I did not understand any English at all, but surprisingly I was able to learn English quickly, thanks to my effort and EAL teachers, enough to allow myself to communicate with friends and teachers. Through learning English I found out that there are not as many registers in English compared to Japanese, which was interesting for me as Japanese has a lot, compared to English. Taking English classes allowed me to learn the history of English(how it changed, by reading Shakespeare etc), and how writers change the use of language to express their feelings which were interesting for me.

I started learning French when I moved to Switzerland in 2013. I didn’t only learn French due to class, but also because not many people at the tennis club (I play tennis so I often went there) spoke English but only French. By studying it at school and on my own I started being able to talk with people at tennis club to a good extent in 2 months, allowing me to make more friends. I found out that French also has complicated registers like Japanese, which I found it very interesting as English, language spoken in neighbouring country, doesn’t have while French does. Learning French during MYP allowed me to speak in a more sophisticated way and understand the French cultures by reading French books and watching French movies. Since I take Japanese as 2nd language in DP I have not been taking French class for more than year, but I have been, and will thrive to maintain my French skills by listening to French (interviews, speeches, music etc), reading French (articles, books) and watching French (movies).

Being able to speak multiple languages have full of advantages. I can allow myself to interact with people from different countries, which will help me to learn about new cultures and have wide perspectives, accept differences and being open-minded. I can also share Japanese cultures with people from different background. Attending to International School is a perfect place to do them, as there are a lot of opportunities for all of us to express our ideas and thoughts, which some of them are very helpful in understanding cultures. Moreover, I can get more sources of information in different languages. For example, when searching for my Japanese Extended Essay I collected informations from both English and Japanese sources which allowed me to deepen and strengthen my arguments.

I strongly believe that multilingualism allows you to interact with various cultures and people from different cultures, and more importantly, understand and accept each other’s difference, and this is crucial in being involved in the global community and intercultural communication.

Charlie Hebdo Attack: Should Freedom of Speech be Limited?

Considering the attack in Charlie Hebdo, the possible reason is  publisher’s repeated offensive satirical cartoon with deception of Prophet Muhammad, which is banned in Islam religion. Since the attack there has been controversies on whether that cartoon was hate speech or not. ISIS  officially claimed criminal declaration.

Charlie Hebdo has been publishing satirical cartoons since 1970 and it hasn’t only been publishing some offensive ones towards Islam but also towards Africa, Asia, and US. According to The Guardian after the attack Pope Francis said that one cannot make fun of faith and also “There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity…in freedom of expression there are limits.” As Charlie Hebdo violated dignity and rule, and made fun of Islam, which is drawing deception of Prophet Muhammad, which is strictly banned, this cartoon could be considered as hate speech.

According to French Government, even though freedom of expression is supported by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, public defamation and slander are punishable by law. The cartoon clarly defamed and slandered Islam as it offended Islam’s dignity and made fun of it. Therefore, the cartoon would be considered as hate speech.

Chapitre 6: Mise en Train

    1. Where did Céline and her friends go for the day?
      They went to a castle called Chateau de Chenonceau.
    2. How did they get there?
    3. How did they find out about the history of the château?
    4. What did they do at the château?
      They walked around and inside the château.
    5. What happens at the end of the story?
      Hector got stuck in the river.
    • n’est pas allé au château? Bruno
    • a visité le château? Céline, Hector, Virginie
    • a trouvé Chenonceau magnifique? 
    • a lu le guide du château? Céline
    • a dit qu’il y a des gens qui disparaissent? 
    • a disparu? Hector
    • a cherché Hector partout? Céline et Virginie
  1. Ce week-end, je suis allée visiter le château de Chenonceau. C’était magnifique! On est parti les billets à la gare et le car à 8h10. On est arrivés à Chenonceaux à 8h55. On est allés directement louer des vélos. J’ai lu mon guide du château à haute voix, mais Hector n’écoutait pas. Il nous a dit que des gens disparaissent dans les châteaux, mais je ne l’ai pas cru. Après la visite guidée du château, on a remarqué qu’Hector n’était plus là! On l’a cherché partout, mais il avait disparu sans laisser de traces! La suite au prochain numéro…
  2. 1. ask for an opinion?  – BrunoC’était comment? Ça t’a plu?
    2. express enthusiasm? – Céline: Oui! C’était magnifique! Quelle aventure, je te dis!
    3. express disbelief? – CélineJe ne te crois pas.
  3. Je pense que je vais demander quelqu’un puissant pour tier Hector, où aller demander les persons dans le château pour prêter une échelle.

Le Compte de Monte-Cristo: Chapitre 3

1) a
2) c
3) a
4) b
5) a


La police – Un policier |||  Le crime – un criminel ||| Un complot – complottier ||| L’espionnage – un espion ||| un judgement – un judge ||| la traîtrise – un traitor ||| la prison – un prisonnier ||| la dénonciation – un dénoncier |||

1) numero 34
2) je veux mourir
3) Dieu
4) je veux mourir
5) De faim.

C’est l’abbé qui fait ce bruit.

Le Compte de Monte – Cristo: Chapitre 2

1) Faux
2) Vrai
3) Faux
4) Vrai
5) Faux
6) Vrai
7) Vrai

1) Face à Edmond Dantès, Monsieur de Villefort est d’abord surpris de recontrer un garçon qu’il trouve sympathique.
2) À toutes les questions qu’il lui pose, Edmond Dantès repond de manière franche.
3) En se rendant sur l’île d’Elbe, Edmond Dantès a imprudent.
4) Monsieur de Villefort éprouve un sentiment d’haine.

1) c
2) a
3) d
4) b

a) Ville fort est rentré a son marriage
b) Dantés ne crie pas pour l’appellent
c) Un policier le menace de son pistolet

On-the-spot: Romeo Montague!!

The beautiful city of Verona, located in north of Italy. There are two big rivalling families fighting on a street in this small town… Image

A sneak taken photo of Romeo kissing with Juliet in her garden...

A sneak taken photo of Romeo kissing with Juliet in her balcony… Image

In this Q&A we caught up with the son of the well – known Montague family, Romeo!! Montague is famous as the enemy of Capulets, who’ve been fighting on the streets of Verona many times… There’re lots of rumours about Romeo’s secret romantic relationship with someone, and the murder of Tybalt Capulet by Romeo is fresh in Verona’s mind. If you have any questions or wonder about him, this is it – this Q&A answers all the questions you have! Everything he thinks about the Capulets and Montagues, Everything about the naughty things he’s done so far… So, let’s move onto the Q&A!!

1) There’ve been many fights between Montagues and Capulets. What do you think?
There’re many violent fights between us and Capulet, and my dad really hates Capulets so he’s quite intense to fight against Capulets, and so Benvolio and Mercutio are. But, I’m not interested and don’t care about that, so there’s not a lot of thing that I can talk about the conflict between us and Capulets. The only thing  I can say about the fight, is that we should stop fighting. I think fight doesn’t solve anything, but they should discuss to find the solution.
2) Are you proud of being a Montague even though you’re not involved in a fight?
Yeah, I do love my family, no matter whether I’m interested in a conflict or not.
3) There’s rumours that you’re in romantic relationship with Juliet Capulet. Is it true?
Yeah, that’s true. I first met her in the Capulet ball, when I sneaked in with my servants,  Benvolio, and Mercutio. I saw her dancing with another man, and she was so beautiful that she’d make his hand richer. I felt a powerful pull towards her.
4) If so, what do you think about her?
When I met her for the first time, I was overwhelmed by her beauty, and I was so deeply in love with her that after the Capulet ball I sneaked into her house to meet and talk to her.
5) What was your first impression when you met her for the first time?
I fell in love with her at first sight, that I quickly and completely forgot about Rosaline, my former girlfriend. When I met Juliet in the ball, I was depressed and heartbroken because even though I loved Rosaline she didn’t even had her interest in me at all.
6) Do your family members know that you’re in love with her?
I think Benvolio and Mercutio know, because they were with me in the Capulet ball. But I hope my parents don’t know, because I’m in love with a girl from my father’s worst rival family.
7)  If not, do you want to get married with her even though you’re not supposed to?
 I do, regardless of unstable family relationship between Montague and Capulets. As I said before, it’s  weird, but I don’t actually care about the conflict or fight between two families, even though I live in middle of violent feud. And yeah, I really do  want to stay with her for rest of my life.
8) Is she your ideal type?
Yes, she is my ideal type. She has every component of type I like. I like everything about her. She is extremely beautiful that’s too good for everyday use, and too variable for the earth. I also like the way she talks to me. When I talk to her she responds me in similar way as me so I really feel connected to her.
9) Sorry to ask you, but why did you kill Tybalt Capulet? Is it the reason why you’re banished from Verona?
The reason why I killed Tybalt, is because he killed Mercutio. I was trying to defend and save him, but I couldn’t, and that was very unacceptable for me, so I killed him as punishment for killing Mercutio. Yeah, because of that, the prince banished me from Verona.





















Drama: Evaluation of Kento and Solon’s box set


Our concept of box set is quite straight forward, simple, but it’s easy to understand and grab atmosphere and mood of their houses in the Intruder. We decided to choose the proscenium stage, because it has open space, and it’s also easy to see what is happening, and also to put some windows and other extra furniture. We also tried to have as much space as possible for actors since they move quite a lot to open windows etc. We placed the table around the center and down right, in order to make audiences focus on the table. Considering about the furnitures, we put the Dutch Clock,door and windows on the wall, based on the story (script), and lights around the table to light up the table so this enables to create some shadows and show actors’ facial expressions. However, I do not think that furnitures look realistic and 1800s’, but I still think that we can still grab some sense of this stage.  This room has 7 chairs because there are 7 characters who appear in the play. The atmosphere that is being created in this stage is kind of barren plain, and simple, in order to show the simple atmosphere in house in countryside around 1800s., which is our locational setting in our set. However, the furnitures are not that detailed, but I still think that we still managed to show the atmosphere in 1800s. The colour we used in this model is brownish colour (the colour of cardboard box) in order to show the simplicity of houses in 1800s. However brown is considered as a warm colour so even though the colour on the wall doesn’t 100% look brown, this could make the people inside the stage feel warm, relaxed, and motivated. We used this colour (brownish colour) because around 1800s most of colours of floor had warm colours and furnitures, so we also used warm colour for Dutch Clock (brownish and white to have some contrast and make it look more interesting) and door (purple, because I thought that purple would fit with brownish colour, and to have more contrast and make it look more interesting) well, but not for the table and chairs in order to emphasise the existence and have some contrast to make our model look more visually interesting, because without that there will be no contrast and the model will look way too plain and barren. It is also interesting to note that in 1891, when this play was released, the Carnegie hall opened in NY, and first act of this was taken place in Paris, not in Belgium (where the author is from) so Carnegie hall might have effected the author to show the first act in big city like Paris. The repetition in our model is light. This is because even though we were able to put 1 huge one to light up the stage and also for interior, we decided to put 4 lights so that we can show the actors’ facial expression, and we can leave out many shadows to maybe hide some deeper meanings of the play. The contrast in this model can be the use of different colour in furnitures. For the table and chairs, we used the white colour, and for the door we used the purple colour. We did this because we thought that those colours will fit well with brownish floor and wall, but the biggest reason for that is because to make our model look a bit more interesting and to harmonise well with floors and wall. In terms of unity, I think that unity is quite good, even thought the furnitures don’t look realistic. This is because the floor and walls all have the same colour, and it’s same for table, chairs, and clock as well. There is no furniture that have the same colour as the door, but I still think that the unity is good enough since they can go well with each other. We decided not to put the stairs, because we figured out that the stair can be behind the door.

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