Journal Club: After

My involvement with the Journal Club has been long and required a lot of hard work. However, I think it is one of the best CAS experiences I have ever had.

First of all, working in the Journal Club has certainly taught me how beneficial it is to work with others to achieve a common goal. When I was only a writer, I had to work with the Journal Club heads at the time to ensure my articles were published every term. However, it was after I began working as a Journal Club manager that I truly understood how important teamwork is. If I had not worked as a team with my fellow Journal Club heads, we would not have been able to achieve half of what we have achieved now. Through the division of labour and good communication skills, we have managed to redesign the ASB Newsletter’s layout, get our student-run publication online, and publish three complete term newsletters in addition to a Special Edition magazine filled with creative pieces. Together, with passion and dedication, we have accomplished much more than what anybody expected, something I feel very proud of. Hence, I have “Demonstrated the skills and recognized the benefits of working collaboratively” throughout my Journal Club experience.

Furthermore, I have dedicated long hours to working for the Journal Club. Whether it was selecting interesting topics for articles or hunting down lazy writers, I have given a lot of time and thought to my Journal Club experience. Even when times got difficult, I never settled for less articles than a minimum of about four per section, and I never complained about having to edit and translate articles while also studying for tests and exams. I truly believe I have been a persevering member of the Journal Club, and that I have always been dedicated to the cause. In this way, I have “Shown commitment to, and perseverance in,” my Journal Club CAS experience.

All in all, there are very few things I would do differently if I had to repeat my Journal Club experience. If anything, my fellow Journal Club managers and I would have liked to create a Journal Club logo or a Journal Club twitter account, but we had no time to do so with all our IB work. Still, it’s always good to leave something to be done by those next in line for the Journal Club!


Journal Club: During #6

My last term as one of the Journal Club heads has been a very exciting one!

To being with, my fellow Journal Club managers and I held several talks with the school’s principal, as well as the IT  department, to get the Journal Club online! Thanks to our joined efforts, the school will now be able to show the student’s once-a-term publication on their own webpage.  This is very exciting for us, as I am sure it will make many more people aware of what happens around the school. In addition, it shows the student’s writing talents to anyone who wants to read what we write.

Also, this Term, us Journal Club leaders have chosen those who will substitute us next term while we prepare for exams. It was a long process, as a lot of considerations had to be made but, in the end, we chose students who we think will do a great job at keeping the Journal Club up and running. Throughout this term, we integrated them into our team, teaching them how to choose articles, assign writers, and deal with the stresses of late submissions. I am very happy with how the new Journal Club members are behaving, and I am sure they will do a fantastic job at keeping the ASB Newsletter engaging and informative.

Finally, our final Journal Club publication this year is turning out to be a complete success. We have organised our time very well and, while as of writing this reflection the ASB Newsletter is not complete, I already have the Lower School section ready, and the IB section (which is also my responsibility) is almost done as well. I also have to write an article about the IB Final Visual Arts exhibition, but that will be done in a couple of weeks, after the exhibition has passed. Finally, the Journal Club manager in charge of the Newsletter’s format has also been working very hard and preparing a brand new color-scheme for our last publication. This will no doubt be a special edition of the ASB Newsletter, and we hope, it will be the best yet!

Journal Club: During #5

This first term of my last year of IB has been an exciting one for the Journal Club as not only did we publish our usual end-of-term newsletter, which has been linked to below, but we also released a special midterm edition made up solely of art and creative pieces from students! This was done to promote the arts within our community, as well as to celebrate our school’s 50th anniversary! While this was a challenging endeavor, it was very rewarding to see this Special Edition completed and published, especially because we knew that, otherwise, the talents of many of our school’s students would go unnoticed.

The traditional ASB Newsletter also turned out well this term. I had very few problems with my writers, and only two articles were turned in late. However, I know that was not the case for some of my fellow Journal Club managers. Therefore, the way we divide our articles and writers should be revised next term to avoid trouble. Aside from that, the Journal-making process worked well and produced good results.

Finally, this term I wrote three pieces in total for the Journal Club: two creative ones and an article about a school visit to an art exhibition. I am quite happy with how all of them turned out, although I would have liked to make the article a little longer. However, the ASB Newsletter article word limit must be respected!

All in all, this was an entertaining term to be working in the Journal Club, and it makes me sad to think that the next will be my last, as I will then have to concentrate my energies on studying for our IB exams. Still, that is the perfect excuse to make next term’s ASB Newsletter all the more memorable!

ASB Newsletter

ASB Newsletter Special Edition

Journal Club: During #4

Find this term’s Journal here!

This term, the first Journal Club written under my classmates – and my – supervision was published! I am very excited about this, as it marks the start of our go as Journal Club Managers.

My most important job as Journal Club Manager was to be in charge of coordinating and editing the articles written about the Lower School classes (1st grade to 6th grade). At first, this was rather hard to do, as they did not seem to have anything especially newsworthy going on in their classes, and I was afraid my section of the Journal was going to turn out dull. However, after digging a bit into the school’s future plans via the school newsletter, I was able to assign interesting and engaging articles to the writers under my supervision.

I did not have many problems with any of my writers or my articles, aside from a few doubts from writers that I promptly responded to. I also kept a close eye on our schedule in order to ensure that all the articles were delivered on time. This relatively calm first-time experience as a Journal Club leader made me feel comfortable and confident in my new position, as it made me realise that I would be able to solve any problem that came our way if I kept a cool head.

In addition to this, I also helped with the creation of a new ASB Journal template, which I designed and later passed on to fellow Journal Club Manager Carmen Rita Gomeza. She was the one who ultimately set up the Journal’s new look, editing a lot of what I had done, and I think she did a fantastic job! The final product definitely ended up looking much better than my template. This made me realise that working as a team will many times lead to unexpected and original results that are a lot better that what only one person will be able to come up with.

All in all, I am very happy with how this ASB Journal edition turned out, and I cannot wait to write the next one in Grade 12!

Journal Club: During #3

New Learning Outcome:

  • Planned and innitiated activities.

From this term onwards, I will be part of the Journal Club management team. This means that I will have to arrange the writing and editing of new journal articles. I will also be in charge of setting up future ASB Journal editions. I am very excited to take on this new leadership role, and I will make sure that the ASB Journal becomes the best version of itself to date!

Journal Club: During #2

This week, I was asked to write my Journal Club article for the term. It was about my class’s Spanish A Individual Oral Commentary (IOC) examinations that took place during the week of February 22nd. These were very important for us, as they were our first official IB tests that would determine a 15% of our final Spanish A grades. Therefore, it was a good topic for me to write about, as I had to live through the IOCs myself. In the article, I talk about how the exams went, how we prepared for them, and I also tell some funny stories about mistakes that occurred during the exams.

Again, I had trouble keeping the articles short and concise, but my Journal Club manager told me that I could write a little over the word limit, and I graciously accepted his offer. Another problem I had with this article was that I was given a very tight deadline: only one week to write it. Luckily, I did not have a lot of homework during that particular week, and I was able to manage my time very successfully. Finally, I questioned whether I should include some of the more embarrassing stories regarding the IOCs at first. Still, I easily solved this problem by asking the people involved for permission before writing about them and their mistakes.

All in all, I am very happy with how this article turned out, and I can’t wait until I get to write my final article for the year next term!

Journal Club: During #1

Find the ASB Newsletter here!

I have written my first Journal Club article! It was about third grade’s bridge-building project, in which they had to design and build a bridge in pairs. They were also supposed to be able to explain why they designed the bridge the way they did, and why they used the materials they used to construct it. This project was the culmination of their unit on Inquiry, or “how the world works”, in which they learned about building materials and the importance of the design of structures. When the students were finished with their projects, their teacher made them set up small stations to display their creations on and invited in all of their parents, who got to walk around the stations asking the children questions about their bridges. According to the teacher, everyone had a fantastic time, and the children loved the project!

Writing the article itself did not take a long time, as it was rather short, but fitting the whole story in only 150 words was impossible. There was just too much to talk about! Therefore, I had to make it a bit longer: about 160 words long. However, I then had to translate it to spanish, which made the word count decrease by about 10 words because of language differences, making it fit within the word limit!

It is also very important to mention that I could only write the article because I had help from the third grade teacher: Ms. Kate Barker. She was considerate enough to answer some questions about her class’s project via e-mail, and she was the one that made writing the article possible (or at least easy) for me!

All in all, I am done with this term’s Journal Club work. I am already looking forward to next term’s article!

Journal Club: Before

Learning Outcomes:

  • Worked collaboratively with others.
  • Shown perseverance and commitment in their activities.

Goals: To write at least three Journal Club articles per year.

I have quite a bit of experience with the school’s journal club, so I feel quite at home with this activity. I started working in the Journal Club about two years ago and, since then, I have acted as a writer, an editor, and even a translator, as the newsletter we publish operates in both english and spanish.

I do not really have any new expectations for the Journal Club this year, as it is run by the same people as last year. I will work as a writer and will have to compose a 150-word-long article each trimester. That does not sound too hard, but it might prove challenging by the end of the year, when we will all be busy with exams and various projects. Also, the 15o word limit can be hard to stick to, as sometimes it is incredibly difficult to tell an informative news story using less than 200 words.

All in all, I am eager to restart my Journal Club work, as I already know it works and how to write successful articles. However, I will try to improve the quality of my writing to make even the shortest of stories engaging and interesting for the reader.