Today and yesterday were the days we presented to our parents, other schools and our school community. It was very nice singing the song on the stage yesterday and later presenting to our parents, my mom thinks that we did a really good and put effort into Exhibition.
Today it was a very tiring, yet fun experience it was like being a local seller because we had to speak all day and we had our own stalls. We had to make sure we were not boring our audience so I made mine really short andit was only about 20-30 seconds. There was quite a lot of conflict starting from after break on who we give the brochures it became quite big at the end of the day.
Even though in Exhibition there was loads of work I am feeling a bit sad it is over.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Here are the interview questions we asked Ms. Ujwala on Monday, 16 May:
- What are the daily routines of the animals?
For Dogs: They wash the animals then take them for walks and afterwards they are fed. Every Thursday they are washed with chemicals. The dogs are fed once a day and the puppies are fed twice; the bigger dogs are also fed twice
For Cats: They clean themselves and are fed once a day. Their food is left from the morning and can be used for the rest of the day.
- How do you rate yourself compared to other adoption centres?
Ms. Ujwala advised us to visit other centres as she would prefer not to make a judgement on there own shelter
- How do you treat the animals?
We treat the animals with care.
- What is the average amount of animals you host per year?
We host approximately 300 animals per month.
- What is the average amount of animals people adopt per year?
Approximately 1000 animals are adopted per year .
- What happens to the animals if they don't get adopted within an amount of time?
They keep them until they are adopted or fostered
- In such a safe place like Singapore, what do you think is the main reason of people harming animals?
Because people think the animals are cute when they are young but as they age, people think they get uglier.
As we toured the SPCA centre we saw that they had two surgery rooms, a clinic as well as a quarantine zone where the animals are treated before they are taken to the adoption area. The centre runs a 24-hour hotline for the rescue of domestic animals. A number of kennels had plaques attached to the door to acknowledge the sponsorship of the kennel by members of the public.
In conclusion we had a great visit to the SPCA. It was a very informative trip and I am very glad that we went there. It was an incredible experience to collect all the valuable information from Ms. Ujwala, as we prepare for the upcoming exhibition. It seems that when animals get treated badly by people they become more aggressive towards people. This becomes a bigger problem as it makes it more difficult for carers at the shelters to deal with the overly-aggressive animals.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Our Visit to the SPCA
Yesterday we missed a ton of class, but it was for a good reason! We had gone to the SPCA with SAC (Stop Animal Cruelty) who were coming with us because we are both researching the same thing. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. We interviewed one of their people named Ujwala who had actually only been there for two months. We found out that they treat their animals well and they wash them on a regular basis. Even though sometimes nobody wants to adopt some of the SPCA's animals they still keep them. The SPCA's longest resident is a dog who's been there for eight months! They gave us an inside look at their dogs and cats. Some of our group members were nervous around the aggressive dogs that kept barking. We got to pet their cats and even learn their names. My favorite cat was Felix, he was a black cat. Anyway that was our trip to the SPCA. It was really fun!
Monday, 16 May 2016
Recently during research, I found this site talking about the behaviors of animals which could follow on after animal abuse. I think this website opens up a bunch of new consequences of treating animals badly.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
In summaryI am talking about CARP and CRAB when designing a poster.
C - Contrast
R - Repetition
A - Alignment
B - Balance
C - Contrast
A - Alignment
R - Repetition
P - Proximity
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Recently, I was looking at the Causes for Animals Singapore website for some research. My question was “How do organizations in Singapore help animals in need?” and this was one of the organizations. I think the website is really useful because:
- They include an About Us page, where if we want to contact them we can go there to inquire further
- They include a Donations page/Support Us page where we can help them by fund raising, participating in food drives, etc.
- They have an education page where some people in CAS teach people in our community about the animal welfare issues in Singapore and raise awareness for the plight of animals in Singapore.
- There is a volunteering page, so if people want to take action and provide help to CAS they can volunteer to take care of the animals at the center.
Overall, I think that Causes for Animals is a great website if you want to take action and support stray animals. It also helped me with my research because it provided some good answers to my question. It equally helped me with some possible ideas for the action that my group ws going to take.
"Causes for Animals (Singapore) - Dog Adoption, Stray Management, Community Outreach in Singapore." Causes for Animals (Singapore) - Dog
Adoption, Stray Management, Community Outreach in Singapore. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2016.
Tuesday, 10 May 2016
One of the main questions I have been working deeply on is, What are some of the consequences of treating animals badly?
Another question related to this which helps take my thinking further is what will happen in the future if this continues to keep happening because we don’t have that particular data so you have to predict looking at what is happening now, this helps to understand the question more. We have gathered lots of information for this question which means we are starting to sort out our information so it is organised and people understand it. The research we did includes statistics as well as just some things that in overall are happening. We have a bit started talking about taking action but we have not decided on what we are going to do, we might have to go a bit out of our community but hopefully it is not that hard.
Monday, 9 May 2016
The connection between animal and human abuse
Recently during research time in Exhibition I stumbled upon this site which got me thinking. I learned that a main reason animal and human abuse are connected is because they both could be because of neglect! Before I explain what I learned, the animal/human abuse I'm talking about is the kind when you beat them over silly reasons and don't give them enough food or water. In the human abuse case it could be that you can't support your family or afford your monthly rent. It's the same with animal abuse except instead of monthly rents, it's paying for the animal's needs (litter box, leash). Studies show that if a child commits animal abuse, then they're likely to do human abuse too. I got that from this sentence in the article: Longitudinal studies show that chronic physical aggression (e.g., animal cruelty) by elementary school boys increases the likelihood they will commit continued physical violence as well as other nonviolent forms of delinquency during adolescence. Animal abuse actually usually leads to human abuse for reasons like neglect (as I said before) and mental illness. This site made me realize animal abuse is quite similar to human abuse and can sometimes be the cause of it.
Sunday, 8 May 2016
This week, I have been reading about some of our Global Concerns at UWCSEA to prepare for our interviews with the teachers who lead and work with the GCs at our school.
Bali Sharks is a Global Concerns Service in our school. Bali Sharks is located in Southern Bali, Indonesia.
Bali Sharks mission is to raise awareness about sharks in Bali. Their reason is that many sharks are getting left to die in the oceans. Meanwhile the fishermen are fishing for the fish but sharks get caught in their line, what happens next is the fishermen either take them out of the net and throw them in the sea or throw them in with the net still on their body. Research shows that 90% of sharks have been killed since 2006. The reason they are most killed is because of their teeth for jewelry and shark fin soup.
Questions to ask Mr. Lawrence during the interview on Thursday
- What are Bali Sharks assets?
- How is the GC planning to make a difference?
Tiger Watch is a Global Concerns Service in our school. Tiger Watch is located in Rajasthan, India.
Their mission is to reduce poaching and improve animal conservation in India. They want to make a safer environment for the tigers to roam. They also would like to protect the remaining tigers in India. Brook told me that Cambodia, the tiger were killed for their fur. He shared that after they breed the tigers, the tigers are sent to other countries where the animals are in threat of becoming extinct to breed. The way they do that is by having fundraisers to protect the tigers and raise the awareness. They also support ex-poachers and hope that they do not poach the animals again.
Questions to ask Mr. Verrill during the interview on Thursday
- What are Tiger Watch’s assets?
- How is the GC making a difference?
Thursday, 5 May 2016
A goal I have really been working towards is to be sharing my ideas more confidently, because sometimes I don’t do that much of thinking I just do what I need to. Many people in my group including me have reflected on this in my Exhibition booklet, I just need to start sharing a little more ideas so I can contribute a lot making it more of an evenly shared product at the end.
I hope that in the end it is a nice product where everyone has contributed a lot and shared ideas.
There are lots of skills/qualities that our group have been working on, as well as being very good at. Here are some strengths in our group:
I think we are really principled because when we work independently and also with our group members we always stay on task. Especially with computers, we just stick to what we are meant to be doing and I don’t think I have seen anyone do something irrelevant or going off task.
I think our group is being creative because we are getting a range of evidence. By that, I mean different parts of MISO. (Media, Interview, Survey, Observation). We are using lots of media, mostly looking at websites. For the interview part, we are planning to interview SPCA and we interviewed Brook (service department). We are planning to create a survey, and we personally think observation is not that important but we do it on a daily basis.
I think our group are self-managers because we accomplish lots of things within sessions. We have already done lots of research. As I mentioned earlier, we contacted the SPCA. We are doing well in that area too, we have already received responses and are just deciding the dates. I think being a self-manager is important because if you don’t self-manage you won’t get much done.
CommunicatorI think we have been good communicators because we are always being able to solve a problem when we are distressed or disagree to something, and always find a compromise or solution. We are also good at communicating efficiently so that when we have to do independent work we are quick with deciding what to do.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Whenever it's time to work our group gets into our system. A good system we have was recommended to us by Ms La Caze which is to divide and conquer. We usually manage to get things done that way. Every time after an Exhibition session we will always set our homework and will always get it done. Today Jai and I have promised the group to work on the mentor meeting agenda together. When a group member forgets to do their homework our group isn't harsh we just give them another chance. We have this system called the three x's it's where if do something wrong on purpose or something that's not relevant you get an x. Once you get three x's we explain to the teacher what's going on. That's how my group's system is going so far.
Monday, 2 May 2016
When we work together we are using some skills and qualities of collaboration. Some of the skills and qualities I have noticed in my group as they work together are:
- Listening to others
- Allowing all team members to contribute
- Working with one another
- Being open-minded
- Helping one another
- Staying on task
- Showing a commitment to care for others
As a team, we all share our ideas. There are times when we all need to agree on one focus. An example here is, choosing to interview the SPCA. We chose this because:
- The name suggests ‘Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ that try to stop animal cruelty
- It is a place some of us had been to before
- We agreed it was a perfect place to start our inquiry
- It is around 30 minutes away from school