PSHE First Draft

Jun - 15 2016 | no comments | By

Write a GCD Fit for Life blog post on your blog in which you name and explain four things you have learned this year (both in and outside of school) that could have an impact on how you live your life. Two should be habits of mind (like VIA Strengths or MBTI) and two should be healthy habits (such as sleep, good social relationships or body image).

My first strength for my health, is sleeping. Before, I had some problems with times sleeping.


*Note: If you do this well, you should be able to use it towards earning the Fit For Life element in the GCD (Healthy Habits or Habits of Mind).



“I think there shouldn’t be a rule or a reason for loving people” – The Juliet Interview

Apr - 25 2016 | no comments | By


This month we caught up with slim and beautiful Juliet from the family Capulets. We would like to interview her about the gossip with the relationship between Romeo. Can it really be so? Well, see for yourself!


What’s your view of the nurse?


Nurse is like my real mother. She helped me out when I bumped my head when I was young and small. She helped me a lot growing up too. If nurse didn’t help me out, I wouldn’t be who I am now(?).



There is a rumour about you that you are in love with Romeo, who is from your greatest enemies family. Are you really in love with Romeo even though he’s from the Montagues?


Yes, I am in love with Romeo. Romeo is my soul mate. When I found out he was a Montague, I felt some discouragement, but I thought it doesn’t matter which family we are in to marry. I also asked, “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

I think there shouldn’t be a rule or a reason for loving people. Because I don’t love Romeo because of his name, I love him as a person. I would still love Romeo if he had still had a different name.



Where did you meet Romeo for the first time?


At my dad’s party. Romeo sneaked in to our party, and I fell in love with Romeo at first sight.



So what happened?


We made contact, and had a “holy palmers kiss”. And so, we also made a promise to meet again.



Hang on a minute… What do you mean by the “holy palmers kiss”?


*Laughs* ?

We had a joke about the “holy palmers kiss”. I wouldn’t be talking much about it though 🙂

Are you going to abandon your suitor (Paris)?


I don’t see him as a suitor. But Nurse likes Parris, and she tried to convince me marrying with him. She also said “Romeo is as good as dead.”



Why don’t you ask the families to compromise, and marry confidently?


I didn’t thought my family will accept it, and because our family Capulets and Montagues fought last time, I thought it was hard to reach reconciliation just by talking.

G9 InS – Why didn’t they help?

Dec - 11 2015 | no comments | By

For Matthew Carrington’s case which happened in 2005, 4 collage friends stood by watching their friend Matthew Carrington dying.

He died from drinking too much water for the fraternity initiation games.

When Matthew was in danger from drinking too much water, and water filling up his lungs, they did not look at the situation seriously by mentioning that Mathew is just sleeping. This shows the bystander effect.

If one person had tried to help, then others might have tried helping him out. But because of the bystander effect, the 4 men made a bad choice.

G8 Music Soundtrack Task

May - 26 2015 | no comments | By

In music class, we are working on the music soundtrack, and for this task, we needed to create a short movie(story) and a soundtrack to match it to the video. My partner was Freddie and Kent.

Scene 1:

This scene was based happy, and starts from a bit slow tempo. The song was even jazz like, so we wanted the listeners to think that the characters in the scene is relaxed.

Changes :  For us, I think it mainly matched our cue sheet. In the cue sheet, we wrote the mood might be happy or romantic, but it actually made it jazzy.


Scene 2:

For this one, as the people hears it, I bet most of the people thinks that this music is imaged happiness. What it gives the listeners first, is that the sound used. Compared to the first one, you can tell that this song got more faster tempo. Even, the trumpets are used, so it’s easier to know what type of the music this one compared to the first scene.

Changes: This scene was mostly different to the cue sheet. In the cue sheet, we were planning to make the bongo stand out, but finally, it came up with trumpets standing out. The part which matched with the cue sheet was, making in upper tempo, and the mood.


Scene 3:

For this scene, the tempo changes again. Even, this scene reminds the first scene because it’s back jazzy again.

Changes: On this scene, we have made few changes by the cue sheet. Instead of using the acoustic guitar, we changed to mainly use strings. So the plan was written to have mysterious mood, but changed to a jazzy mood which is not really mysterious.


Scene 4:

Again and again, the tempo of the music changes, and for this one too. This lets the listener think “something is going to happen.” This is because the bass used in this music makes it more creepy(?), and the drums got in more accurate timing.

Changes: In the cue sheet, it’s written that this scene is a build for the climax, and this didn’t really change for the final product. The dynamics of this scene supposed to be soft, but we added the build up drumbeat, so this didn’t really match with the final product. The instruments supposed to use for the scene was cello for the first part, but we actually changed it to electric guitar, because we figured out that electric guitar sounded better than cello.


Scene 5:

Now this is getting even more creepier. The piano is making the discord sound, and even the part when the strings comes in, it makes the listener worry.

Changes: This mainly matched with the cue sheet, and we pretty much thought that this plan can stay the same.


Scene 6:

Connecting to the scene before, it uses the piano to create the mood of fear, and the strings comes in with an irregular rhythm.

Changes: For this scene, same than the #5, we kept it same.


Scene 7:

Here comes the serious theme! As you can hear, the crash cymbals starts off this track. After the crash, the strings and the drums creates the horror theme.

Change: This scene was one of the hardest ones to create the type of the music we wanted. But the final product might had the best degree of perfection in our scenes. To make the scene better, we came up with using mainly all of the instruments, and getting the information from the movie SAW’s soundtrack, we ended with this product.


Scene 8:

On this scene, the sound which is the music box(?) creates the dark mood. The listeners can’t imagine what is going to happen next by making them feel worry.

Changes: This was our main part of the whole story, and we tried to add some thing to our cue sheet ideas. But this was quite hard, so we thought of using the best one which was used in #7. So we actually combined the original #8 with the #7.


Scene 9:

The pierrot’s dark laugh breaks the gloomy and dark mood. Suddenly the horror theme(Scene #7) will start.

Changes: We didn’t make any changes for this scene.


Scene 10:

The climax of the whole movie. The sound used is mainly strings, and this makes the listener think it ended. Even after few seconds the theme started, the piano comes in, and two of the instruments creates an sad theme in the end.

Changes: Mainly there were no changes, but with Freddie’s idea, we swapped the sound from piano to violin which sounded better.


Process Journal

Cue Sheet



G8 Science: Eidetic Memory

May - 12 2015 | no comments | By

  • What is the myth you are looking at?

Eidetic Memory


  • Where did the myth come from?

One of the oldest and famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein(1887/1/28 – 1982/12/20) looks like he had a eidetic memory. He could memorise the sheet music by reading through one time, and he described his eidetic memory as “photo copying in the eyes”


  • Why does it matter that this myth exists? (Moral, ethical, social, environmental, political, cultural, OR economic issue?)

If this myth exists, it would be easier to find a talented person, and help the research for something that is not sure.


  • What is a better, current theory about the working of the brain?

For memory, we all humans use a part called hippocampus. First, information goes through by the neurons. This is the STM(Short-Term Memory). Next, the information which affected the neurons the most will get more receptors, and this is LTP(Long-Term Potentiation). Finally, for the final step, Protein biosynthesis happens, so then the synapsis will grow(?). After this step, human will remember things for long time. Either the information didn’t go to the last step, people can easily forget those information.



Used Sources:

Adams, William Lee. “The Truth About Photographic Memory.” Psychology Today. Psychology Today, 4 Nov. 2006. Web. 12 May 2015.

“Kioku No Shikumi.” Smart Lecture. SLG, n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.

Comparing books and films: The Outsiders

Apr - 20 2015 | no comments | By

Out Siders


Novel   Movie

I really enjoyed the movie for a variety of reasons. The characters showed a lot of emotion. We were not able to see this much emotion in the novel. An example of this was when Darry was shot by the police. I really felt like I was there and like I lost a family member. This was because actors showed so much emotion.


If there was a choice between the novel and the movie, I would choose the novel. This was because I could take more time with the novel. Also, in the movie, it cut out some events and also added some events from the novel. For example, the part where Johnny stabbed Bob was not in the movie but was in the novel. Actually, Bob was more of a character in the movie than in the novel. I also liked that in the novel, the story opened up with Pony Boy’s narration. In the movie, it opened up with a bright outdoor scene of grass and a field. The narration made it more emotional and more of a connection with the character right away. In the movie, there was also narration but it was a few minutes after the movie had started.


G8 Drama – Speech Reflection

Apr - 05 2015 | no comments | By

8B Drama: Persuasive Speeches from YIS Arts on Vimeo.
a. modulation (volume, pitch, pace, pause, projection, emphasis and inflection)

For my speech, I think the volume was kind of small, and hard to hear compared to the others. So most of the people’s speech was in good volume, but mine needs to get more higher to hear more clearly.

Evenly, I thought I stopped many times while doing the speech, and this was caused by thinking what to say after speaking about the topic. This was hard for me to connect two and three many parts, and keep the speech going smoothly. I had the palmcards to support me, but for me, it wasn’t enough to support the connection.
b. physicality (posture, gesture, facial expression; use of palm card)

I think I expressed my self too much, and that means that I tried to attract people’s attention many times. As I watched my speech, I felt that was annoying, and quite embarrassing.

So next time, I will try to change this to make the speech sound better.
c. content (structure, information, relevance to topic, persuasive language and tone)

The information of my speech, is about house centipedes, and I enjoyed planning the speech. What I think about the tone, is as I said, I tried to attract people’s attention to my speech, and try not to let people get board. So my voice tone actually changed a bit some times in the speech.
1. My best skill was….. because….

My best skill is to try making my speech interesting. This is because I chose my speeches topic which most of the people don’t like. As I said in the first part, I changed my tone of the voice in some important parts in the speech. I tried to include funny parts as many as I can in the speech with out sounding strange.
2. I should improve on…. because….

Same as the part before, I have explained in middle of the points, but I think I tried to express my self too much. This was annoying from my look, so I would like to improve for next time.

8B Drama: Persuasive Speeches from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Another speech which was captivating, is Henri’s speech. This is because his topic was interesting for me, and he started off with an question for us, and that was really impressive. Another reason that was impressive, is that his speech was one of the ones that I enjoyed the most.

Matching Motion Graphs

Feb - 17 2015 | no comments | By

In Science class, we have worked on the Matching motion graphs. What we needed to do for this, was by using the special machine, create the graph. When we go closer to the machine, the graph went higher, and for opposite, when we went further, it went down.


First, this is a graph by not moving(makes no change).

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Secondly, this is when we went closer to the machine. We can tell that the graph is going up slowly.

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For the third one, it tells us that the graph is going lower, which is the opposite to the second graph.
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Fourth graph is one of the weird ones, and it’s going up-and-down. This happens when we go closer and further in irregular timing.

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From this graph, we needed to create a same looking graph to the state one. This one was created by going closer, and then further.

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This one is opposite looking to the one before. We went further and further, then closer.

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This one was too hard for us to create, and this first part was the best solution that we could’ve make. Specially from this one, it gets more harder, and the graph goes crazy easily.

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Samely to the graph before, this was too hard for us to handle. This graph was the best for us. We created this by going closer, then further, and a bit closer.

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This task was quite interesting, and pretty enjoyable. But the last two graphs was too hard for us. Next time, we especially want to improve the last two graphs.

G8 English – Found Poem

Feb - 01 2015 | 1 comment | By

Everyday, I hided.

No light, no sight.

With my three other families.

Having the fidgets from hearing the footsteps outside.


Nobody knows.

Nobody knows our life.

Nobody other than me.


As we waited for a day, week, year,

she didn’t come back.

Left us.


I reach out my hand to the door.

But many ‘obstruction’ goes by the way.

Everyday, the door pound.

In irregular rhythm.

But I never opened the door.


I don’t hear any water drops.

Throat crying for water.

But I don’t have any left.

I’ve had a hard time of it.

Door banging, being heckled, every day.


We’re living in hell now.

Anyone knows that if they hear our life.

But Nobody knows. You snatched our smiles. Our lives.

We were waste.

After you left us, my life was turned upside down.


But we still love you.

We will all wait for you.

All I want to see, is only you.


Nobody knows.

Nobody knows our life.

Nobody knows other than me.



This is a found poem of a book “Nobody knows.” This story is known as a miserable incident based real life story. While making a found poem, I thought that it was pretty hard to reorder the words. This is because that even though the words are reordered, it was better if would make sense. So this took me more time to fix it up.

G8 English – Changing Minds: Changing Worlds – Language for emotional effect and change

Feb - 01 2015 | no comments | By

In English class, we made our own AD or poem from specific problems, and from the problems, I chose deforestation. Next, we needed to chose either AD or poem. For this one, I chose the AD. Then what we needed to do, was to choose what kind of place, and I did the Madagascar rainforest. After wise, we needed to research about the place you chose, and make an poem or AD(AD for me) by using the information you collected by researching about it. After the research, as I mentioned, I made an AD of deforestation. After making the AD or the poem, we printed and stapled in to the board, and we wrote what we think about other people’s AD/poem.

For conclusion, I really enjoyed this task! Especially, the part when we drew our own ADs 🙂 It was even interesting to research about how the ADs are effective, and how can it be effective. This is because I haven’t thought about ADs this much, but as I finished this Unit, this became my new interest which is the ADs.

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