29 JANUARY 2016, ISSUE #2
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STAY: THA T IS THE Q
WHAT IS YOUR ONE TRUE CALLING?
: HTMARE IG N E R NT U NAT ACCOU S ’ R O IV V DOE SUR
TENBY’S MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
PICASSO OF THE M ONTH: NIK RAISA AZEN
COVER DESIGN FEATURING LUKE THOMPSON IN ALADDIN DESIGNS BY SYUEN AND RAEGEL
Allow me to introduce with great pride and pleasure our second issue of our Student Magazine, which is at once a collection of the thoughts of our Tenby youth towards the world in which they exist in, as well as a platform that serves to hone their budding journalistic skills. I will not venture into great detail as to what an honour it has been to pose as an editor for our schoolâ€™s magazine, though I would like to take this opportunity to commend the quality and standard of writing that I have been significantly impressed by, despite the naivety and inexperience of most of these young writers. Though there have been several restrictions imposed on the expressions of our thoughts and opinions, I nonetheless believe in the necessity to continue cultivating their own perspective of the world and nurturing them to become young intellectual adults who understand the importance of what they have to say and why they have to say it, which is, in essence, why the magazine was established. In any case, I would like very much for you, dear reader, to continue your progression through our pages and enjoy the reads our authors have in store for you! This thus concludes my commentary this time round, and I bid adieu to you till the next issue which I promise will be a harbinger of many more tempting treatises and features!
10 MALAYSIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA
22 Featured Artist - Raisa
An inside look on the roles of the school’s prefects, house captains and councillors | By Cheah Zoe “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s the well-known phrase Benjamin Parker imparts to his nephew, Peter Parker in the first Spider Man movie. It’s no secret that the leaders of today are influential people well on their way to the top. Here’s a look at some of the leaders in Tenby as they open up on what it truly means to be deserving of a non-house coloured tie.
Janice Yap (Year 13) Head Girl Was there a selection process for the position of Head Girl? What did it involve? There is a selection process. You first have to send a letter outlining that you would like to apply, why you are applying, and what you could bring to the school if you were Head Girl. After that, I was interviewed by Mr Auster, Mr Robinson and Mrs Clayton. Has being a Head Girl impacted you in anyway? Being a Head Girl has been such a privilege for me- it has slightly helped me overcome my fear of going up on stage and speaking in front of everyone, and
opportunity to strive to accomplish more. has given me the
What are some tips you would give to future applicants? To all future Head Girls: try to get more involved in school affairs. The criteria you 4
need to meet not only focus on grades, but what you have contributed to the school. Although you shouldn’t neglect your studies, there is no harm in trying out new things- the more involved in school you are, the more you know about what’s actually happening.
Christopher Chan (Year 13) Head Boy What are some misconceptions people have about being a Head Boy? Some people thought of me as a snobbish person and a “teacher’s pet”; but this didn’t last long after people got to know me and I think that the people of Tenby have “hopefully” accepted me. What are some events you have been involved in? There was the Remembrance Day event at Tugu Negara where I had to recite a poem and play the violin, and was later then invited to the British High Commissioner’s house for breakfast after. I was also involved in several
musical events such as the Open Day, the Celebration Concert and the ILMU launch where I played alongside other musicians. Are there any advantages or disadvantages to being Head Boy?
gives you good leadership training as you Being a Head Boy definitely
Najya Sophia (Year 11) Prefect How would you describe your role as a Prefect in three words?
Promote community peace. What’s the fondest memory you’ve had as a Prefect?
have to walk the talk and carry yourself well. It also looks really good on your resume or CV.
The fondest memory I have is being a part of the organizational team for Prom in 2015.
Andrew Wong (Year 11)
What are some tips you could give students who are interested in applying for this position?
Prefect Why did you choose to run for Prefect? The prefectorial position is a huge honour for anyone and I wanted to personally offer my support in return for all the opportunities I have been presented with in school. What are some of the existing qualities that you think helped you as a Prefect? In my opinion, having a good relationship with the other prefects and students would be a great quality to have as it makes it easier to communicate with people. What are some of the benefits of being a Prefect? Ordering my friends to pull up their ties is one of the benefits as it is one of the only things I can ‘force’ them to do.
If you’re going to go for it, commit. Time management is key because it is a lot of work. You have to prove you are worth a maroon tie.
Daisy Chew (Year 11) Student Councillor Why did you choose to run for Student Councillor? I chose to run for the position because it is my last year at school and I wanted to contribute to the school before I leave. What are some of the challenges you've faced as a Student Councillor? Some of the challenges I faced was the lack of communication within the Student Council itself, and students not taking our actions seriously as they take the prefects’. How has being a Student Councillor changed your views? It made me realise that some students take their leaders in school for granted
and should learn to appreciate the effort put into planning events for the school.
Roshan Pillai (Year 8) Student Councillor
An advantage is that I get super proud of my house over the smallest achievement. There are no disadvantages as I love my house. Has being a house captain impacted or changed your views in anyway?
How would you describe your role in three words?
I think that it has made me
Responsibility, awareness, and productivity.
What do you enjoy most about being a Student Councillor? I enjoy helping the school by giving suggestions to improve the situation and work alongside other councillors. What improvements or events can we look forward to this year? The Student Council is working on hosting more competitions, such as Science and Maths competitions for the school, alongside Inter House Competitions during Term 2 and 3 which students can sign up for.
Dominic Wong (Year 11) Phoenix House Captain What are some misconceptions people have about being a House Captain? The biggest misconception about being a house captain is that people tend to view it as a popularity contest. I feel that it extends beyond that because a house captain should be a role model for his or her house. What are some of the advantages or disadvantages of your role?
everyone’s abilities and notice their
Lydia Heng (Year 11) Tiger House Captain What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a house captain? Running events smoothly, because it’s hard to gain approval and carry them out. What is some advice you would give to future House Captains? You have to put in a lot of time and effort and push for activities to get things done. You’re also expected to help out and participate in sports events, especially Sports Day. What are some qualities a House Captain should have? A House Captain should be confident, selfless, up for anything, organized, supportive and friendly. There you have it- here are some of the things that distinguish these leaders from others based on their traits and personalities. It is truly an honour to take on the challenge of filling in these roles; no matter how large or small they are, and for that, they should be truly respected.
Charities in Tenby Thankfully, many generous Tenby students have made a great impact by helping Tenby achieve its goals of high hopes. Many have contributed by participating in various events such as the charity bazaar, bake sale, Green Print project, Cambodia trip and etc. Helping can be in the simplest form of donating money, giving food or even useful items, and as well as many small acts of kindness. Some can also be done in school such as setting up a stall to sell home-baked goods, selling accessories or creating games to get students to participate in charity with fun. Events like these let students find interest in helping the unfortunate and helps them develop the determination to help others.
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Teachers and students of Tenby have given their best, in order to reach our goals. Although it would take some time and dedication we, students and teachers alike, have helped a great deal. It even made it possible for us to achieve more than just our goals by giving it our best, but we won’t stop there as after all, the sky’s the limit. Therefore, everyone should have a heart to participate in at least one of these events. It can be a small action but a big cause. If everyone put their heart and soul towards helping charity and raising funds there would be little to do, but together we can make a great, big difference, in just the smallest actions of kindness. So let there be a great difference because, as Aesop once said, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”.
Spring Carnival 2015 Charity Fundraising Event
An exclusive story told by a brave adventurer who had first-hand experience!
Are you the type of person who can be at peace with nature? The type who appreciates the beauty and perfection that Mother Earth provides all with? Or maybe a person who is looking to be one with her? Well look no further, for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award field trips will suffice with your every need for adventure. However, if you’re a city dweller (like the most of us are), the trip would be in its own right, a beautiful nightmare to remember. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Adventurous Journey section of the achievement breaks you out of the comfort of your cozy, warm Serta mattress in your Toshiba powered air-conditioned room, into the middle of the wilderness. Dark, damp, and bug infested campsites were the names of our game in the campsites of our recent DoE trek up Hulu Langat hill, where we had to cooking our own meals at the crack of dawn instead of being spoilt by the luxuries of having a maid to do your dirty work, and that includes your laundry too. It all began at 6A.M. on a cold, Saturday morning. Being used to the usual routine of waking at an early 10A.M., it caused an uproar in my head and the gravity around my bed increased to an astonishing 10G’s, pulling me back into the tender cotton bed. But I fought the urge and went about to get ready. Once at the foyer, which was our meeting area, we had to load up the necessities e.g. water, tents, onto the bus at 6A.M., and that isn’t the best time to be doing any chores for the morning. After the reaching the base of the mountain, the A levels students had to make their way up to the first campsite, and, let me tell you, the trip to the site wasn’t as I thought it would have been. With the sounds of crickets and sparrows silently piercing the pale, clear, blue morning sky. It was a rather pleasant feeling actually, with the soft sunlight hitting my tanned skin, creating a gentle aura of warmth that wrapped cozily around me like my duvet at home.
Reaching the campsite, we set up our tents and proceeded to the activities that have been planned out. After a full day of First Aid courses and navigation exercises, it was finally time for dinner. With my group eating a hearty pasta bolognese (yes, we cooked pasta), we retired for the peaceful, calm night. Indeed it was peaceful, until the rain came and allegedly soaked another team's tent, surrounding it with muddy water and creating an earthy moat around the tent. As a result they had to sleep on the cold, hard concrete floor of our dining area. Things canâ€™t possibly get worse now, can they? The morning that followed came with a spectacular view that seemed so surreal, something that could only have come from a National Geographic documentary. Delicate, alabaster clusters of puff circled around the mountain, with the pale, white light of the morning sun reflecting off the surface of each bump and lump of the fluffy clumps. It was truly a sight to behold, something that you must see for yourself with your own naked eyes. There were many more things, such as the tranquil waterfalls that crashed down for metres upon metres, cascading down all the way from the top of the mountain. Or the small pool that the two schools, Tenby and Sri KDU, had bathed and rested in. A cold freshness of the mountain replenished the lost energy that had been used to travel up the mountain, relieving the sores and aches in our joints, though nasty little things in the second campsite like those dreaded arthropods and creepy crawlies invaded the tents of so man, with the worst of them being the leeches. Urgh. All in all, the Duke of Edinburghâ€™s award practice trip has been for me, one of the greatest things I have ever done in my sixteen years of existence. An experience like no other, to cook, laugh, and complain together with your friends and teachers. Something like that will definitely stick with me for a lifetime. By Ryan Tan
MALAYSIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA I’ve spent almost half my life playing in the orchestra, which begs the question, why have I dedicated so much time to it? For me, it all started when I first picked up the cello for about a year, and had grown lonely practising all by myself in my room. My cello teacher thus encouraged me to join an orchestra to improve my playing as well as to have fun. It wasn’t easy to find one, as my school didn’t have its own orchestra (I was home-schooled), so I had to search for an open youth orchestra. When I did find one, it was terrible. Everything and everyone were so loud I couldn’t hear myself, though I did not particularly want to as I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Despite all this, I loved it. The feeling of making music with other people, though it sounds clichéd, was amazing, and I met people from diverse backgrounds, most of whom were extremely nice. There was a magical feeling in the air before every rehearsal, when everyone was warming up and preparing to show off their skill as best as they could in this beautiful mess. This was how I managed to learn while still enjoying myself, and after several years of blood, sweat and tears, I auditioned and got into the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO). Now this was really fun. it was on a three-camp-a-year basis, where every camp was one-tothree weeks long. This was especially fun because we all got put up in a five star hotel during camp, giving us the opportunity to get to know each other outside of rehearsals. In rehearsal, it was gruelling and exhausting, but immensely rewarding. Sometimes we would start at 10am and finish at 10pm, but that made us prepare to the point that by the time the concert came around, we got to relax and enjoy the music in an extraordinarily satisfying way. When I came to Tenby, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that we have our very own school orchestra, and asked to conduct it for a component of my AS-Level Music. I was genuinely impressed with the standard of this orchestra, its size and the variety of instruments it engaged. I would strongly recommend anyone who learns an instrument, or would like to take one up, to consider joining the Tenby orchestra, or any orchestra for that matter, for an experience that might be frustrating at times, but would definitely be extremely worthwhile in the end.
By Joshua Sim 10
Music Makers of the
By Dominic Seow
It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of this year’s pantomime band. Along with the talented musicians Brian Bahng, Cheah Zoe, Mark Teoh, Kai Phin, Voon Keen Choong and myself, we played an array of instruments which included the lead guitar, keyboard & piano, rhythm guitar, drums, audio management and bass guitar respectively. This was coupled with the help of our logistics Dominic Wong and Raegel, as well as our light crew Nicholas Thomas Philip, Ryan and our photographer Syuen. Working with the band has been both challenging and amusing, given that each and everyone of us had to put in the time and effort to make it for practice sessions. However, I personally enjoyed the song choices this year, with the majority of them being modern pop songs. I especially enjoyed the song Bring It All Back by S Club 7, which brings back a lot of fond memories for me. Practices have occasionally been difficult to attend, as it eats into most of my lunch breaks, but what can I say? Practice makes perfect.
From left to right:
Mark Teoh Voon Keen Choong Brain Bahng Kai Phin Cheoh Zoe Dominic Seow
During practices, we have undergone many difficult situations centring mainly on disagreements regarding who should play what, and sometimes it just seems that everybody lacks the will to cooperate, which can and does become very frustrating. However, it is satisfying to see that we managed to push those things aside and pull through, producing our music as a band to the best of our own abilities. The best part for me was when both the drama and music departments came together. That was when all the songs we’d been learning finally synchronised with the performance. I liked it when Ms McCue allowed the music department to pitch in and play little bits, giving us a chance to contribute in ways other than simply playing the songs alone. Other than that, it has been a bumpy ride for the music department to have come this far with our little ups and downs, but I am grateful to have been part of this and hopefully I will be again next year.
Most of you as seniors may be in the midst of deciding whether to stay on for Tenby Sixth Form or move on to another educational institution, whether it be abroad or right here in Malaysia. Have you taken the time to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of these choices? I don’t blame you if you haven’t, I’m sure you’re having to juggle between your mock examinations, covering weaker topics before the actual IGCSEs as well as spending time with your friends in your senior year. This is a situation I know only too well, being a former Year 11 student. Firstly, what strikes me most about staying back in Tenby is that the class sizes are relatively small in comparison to other well-known colleges where lectures would take place in massive halls. This means that it is much easier to interact with your teachers, and more indepth discussions can be carried out within a smaller group. However, looking at it from a different perspective, I suppose listening to lecturers present a topic at hand to a group of more than 100 students would train you to make clear and concise notes quickly.
arts, international mindedness as well as the sixth form committee. You even have the chance to set up new clubs or societies of your own within the school. On the other hand, if you were to go elsewhere, other types of leadership positions may be available and perhaps seem more appealing to you. Lastly, you may be able to remain with your familiar circle of friends. In this way, you’ll be able to cement friendships that can last for a lifetime as you help one another get through A Levels. Arguably, going to a college allows you to adapt to a new environment and meet people of different backgrounds, a form of exposure to help you prepare for the real world. On a side note, solely following your friend’s decision of where to go after your IGCSEs shouldn’t be the main reason as other factors such as subject blocks should be taken into account. In conclusion, consideration of these benefits and drawbacks can provide a clearer understanding of what you want to do after completing your IGCSEs. Parents and friends can voice their opinions and feedback but at the end of the day, the decision is yours to make. Remember that whether you remain in school or move on to another college, both options will create experiences that will last for a lifetime.
Then again, staying on in Tenby means many leadership opportunities are available to you. Being one of the oldest pupils in the school allows you to become more adult-like by taking on leadership roles in areas such as sports, . Check out www.tenby.edu.my/setia-eco-park/the-sixthform for more information, for your next possible step after igcse! By Sarah Quah
The 2015-16 football season will kick off once again in term 2 as students come back refreshed from their Christmas holidays. The Under 18 boys and girls are highly motivated as they aim to make it a memorable final year on the football team. On the other hand, the under 13s and under 15s have been handed the task of adding to the success achieved by last years’ teams. The stage is set for the teams to deliver. However, it was not always this straightforward. I remember when I first joined the school in 2009, the football team was a pale comparison to what it is today. The competitive spirit was missing as our teams were crushed by the likes of Alice Smith, Garden and ISKL. We went into each tournament expecting defeat and we were helpless to prevent it. There was no bad blood between the players but the general consensus was that we were heading into each match solely to enhance our personal reputations. “Who scored the most goals? Who made the most assists? Who stopped the most shots?” were questions most of us received when we went back to school the following Monday. But as the team matured and worked harder each training session, the difference was obvious. In time, we reaped the rewards for our hard work. As I entered secondary, the team improved exponentially each year. We weren’t being defeated physically as was the case too often in primary. In addition, our mental strength also prevailed on the countless occasions in which we went behind. The football team taught me so many lessons including leadership, teamwork and responsibility The end-of-term assembly last year really showed how far Tenby has come in terms of football. The under 15 boys won gold at ISAC and silver at KLISS while the under 18’s achieved silver at ISAC and the under 13’s got bronze. Aside from the boys, the under 18 girls acquired a silver medal at KTJ to end a brilliant first term of football for Tenby. It may sound clichéd but I hope that the future generation of footballers in Tenby can work harder and achieve all their football goals. And yes, that pun was intended.
MUSIC and MUSIC TECH A-Levels at Tenby |
A-Levels offer a wide opportunity for students to study abroad. Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park gives you a great opportunity to explore your interests with over 20 subjects to choose from. To add to that, they even offer scholarships. But the best part of staying in Tenby, is that it gives you an opportunity to study Music and Music Technology in both A-levels and Edexcel. Both these subjects are a very good combination, not just to expand your knowledge and understanding of music, but to also excel in using different technologies and equipment as a professional musician or an audio technician. A-Level Music is not a very common subject choice in Malaysia as there are not many international education centres and colleges which offer it. From my point of view, students who have a background in music should be highly recommended to take up any music courses in A-levels, as it will open you to
By Lee Pu-Yen
a world of music in different genres such as classical, jazz, and pop music. The examiners grade you not just on your written papers but on your courseworks as well; 40% is based fundamentally on your understanding and analysis of music, and 60% on your coursework. As we now exist in a modern era surrounded by technology, I believe music technology should be mandatory to students in this generation, as it trains you to professionally improve your hearing and analysis of music. You will learn how to produce music through the computers. You will learn how to run a recording session like a professional. You will be exposed to many different types of audio technologies such as audio consoles, pre-amplifiers, microphones and so on so forth. You will be exposed to the path way of an audio engineer, creating or composing music in different genres. You will be allowed to use expensive and luxury equipment. But perhaps the best part of it all, you will be able to create beauty out of what you love best.
THIS WEEK'S BOOK REVIEW:
The Maze Runner “Welcome to the Glade. This is a familiar phrase to those that have read (or watched) The Maze Runner series. The Maze Runner is the first book of the dystopian trilogy by author James Dashner, beginning with a boy called Thomas who wakes up in an elevator with no memory. Although this is a common feature and concept in dystopian books, the Maze Runner’s unique plot puts an intelligent twist in a common post-apocalyptic book; where instead of a controlling government or figure, the plot of this book surrounds a dangerous and horrific maze, filled with treacherous tasks and mind-boggling tests, where nobody is guaranteed to escape alive. A new boy arrives at The Glade every month, and Thomas just so happens to be one of them who has to face the horrors that lie in the Maze.
“It’s really different from other dystopian stories, instead you don’t actually know if the leader is good or bad.” - Oh WenXuan, Year 8
Dashner’s intriguing writing is able to spark wonder into all who read his book, as the readers start off just as clueless as Thomas is at the beginning, then slowly learn more and more about his past. The interesting plot keeps the reader on tenterhooks, in this thrilling, spine-chilling novel filled with endless questions,friendship, hardships and romance. In my opinion, this book is perfect for all teenage and young adult readers, and all fans of dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games and Divergent series will greatly enjoy this unique, tense, suspense-loaded novel, now a major motion picture rated with an average good rating of seven out of ten stars.
Varying cover designs for 'The Maze Runner'
Ticked 'The Maze Runner' off your reading list and loved it? Be sure to read 'The Scorch Trials' and 'The Death Cure', the second and third book of this bestselling trilogy.
War Poetry By Anonymous War is cruelty War is destruction War is tragedy War is corruption War is a friend, who dies in your arms, War is a bullet you do not want in your palm; War is a corpse hollowed out by worms, War is a nightmare with which you may never come to terms; War is a baby, who cries for his mother, Yet all of them gone one after another. War is betrayal, is misery, distress, War is injury, trauma and death. War is a telegram handed in at the door, War is afraid of one question, no more. For the only thing rational left in itâ€™s midst, the only thing you can imagine: What for?
Into the eye of the storm. It was quiet. Peaceful. I saw what was happening around me; the anger, the chaos, the war. But I was protected. The soft blanket of silence, the numbness. Everyone has a bullet. The one with my name has come. But it wasn’t a bullet. It’s too hazy now. The world is fading around me. Or is it me who’s fading? Enough. The noise of the thinking: it’s drowned out the surroundings. I hear a voice. My voice? No. It’s calling my name. It’s dragging me. But I can’t feel it. It’s done. It’s over. The bright, gay colours. The laughter and cheer. All faded to numbness. Darkness. Silence. 17
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Spiritual Horoscope 2015 Aries: March 21 - April 19
Spirit celebrity - Mr. Gorst- “Bang our heads against brick walls repeatedly and not notice it hurts? Yes we can.” Prediction - You will get the last Roti Jala on Friday Most compatible - Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius Least compatible - Cancer, Capricorn
Taurus: April 20 - May 20
Spirit celebrity - Ms. Pillay- “It takes a bull to call the rest a cow” Prediction - You will be attacked by a raccoon this month Most compatible - Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces Least compatible - Leo, Aquarius
Gemini: May 21 - June 20
Cancer: June 21 - July 22
Spirit celebrity - Donald Trump- “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese.” Prediction - You will find money under your desk in class Most compatible - Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius Least compatible - Virgo, Pisces
Spirit celebrity - Jayden Smith - “How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real?” Prediction - You will get a good mark for a test that you thought you failed Most compatible - Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces Least compatible - Aries, Libra
Leo: July 23 - August 22
Spirit celebrity - Mr. Rob- “Its my birthday soon” Prediction - You will trip over your own feet and face-plant during PE Most compatible - Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius Least compatible - Taurus, Scorpio
Virgo: August 23 - Sept. 22
Spirit celebrity - Beyoncé- “I woke up like this… Flawless “ Prediction - You will be called to Mr. Rob’s office. Will it be good news? Will be it bad news? No one knows. Most compatible - Taurus, cancer, scorpio, Capricorn Least compatible - Gemini, Sagittarius Libra: Sept. 23 - Oct. 22
Spirit celebrity -Kim Kardashian- “Break the Internet. Kim Kardashian” Prediction - You will be mistaken for a famous celebrity Most compatible - Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius Least compatible - Cancer, Capricorn
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Spirit celebrity - Miley Cyrus- “I came in like a wrecking ball” Prediction - You get called “Princess” by the canteen uncle for a whole week Most compatible - Aries, Leo, Libra, Aquarius Least compatible - Virgo, Pisces
Aquarius: Jan. 20 - Feb. 18
Spirit celebrity - Paris Hilton- *at WalMart* “Do they like make walls there?” Prediction - You will be hit in the head by a shuttlecock from the badminton matches in the Open Area. Most compatible - Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius Least compatible - Taurus, Scorpio
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Spirit celebrity - Caitlyn Jenner- “Call me Caitlyn.” Prediction - You will be caught digging your nose Most compatible - Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces Least compatible - Leo, Aquarius
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 19
Spirit celebrity - Betty White- “Get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep. 9 hours if you’re ugly.” Prediction - You will be forced to do your lest favorite sport during PE Most compatible - Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio Least compatible - Aries, Libra
Pisces: Feb. 19 - March 20
Spirit celebrity - Justin Bieber “I’ve never made a bad song.” Prediction - You will find something important that you thought you lost Most compatible - Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn Least compatible - Gemini, Sagittarius Done by: Naoka Cheah & Angeline Ng
What is Your
One True Calling? “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I am certain every student, and adult, reading this has at least been asked this once in their lifetime. Often times we first hear this question at the tender age of 5 or 6 by adults trying to engage in conversation and elicit innocent responses such as “I want to be a fireman” or “I want to be an artist”. Truth be told: at that age, adults couldn’t care less as to what you say. However, as we grow older, the same question is posed to us in a less light-hearted manner and becomes something more certain and daunting. Your parents want to know what course you want to take at university. Your teachers want to know what career you aspire to have. How does a once harmless and seemingly naive question become one that causes us so much anxiety? It is true that this question evokes thought and foresight as to what we could be, yet it does not encourage us to dream of all we could be. You may be great at Maths, passionate about cooking and have an interest in playing the guitar, which may cause you to worry about what may be your ‘one true calling’ in life. Thus, when posed the million-dollar question, you probably won’t mention half of your other interests for fear that you will be laughed at or be belittled with responses like “Oh, don’t be ridiculous, you simply can’t be both a violinist AND a dancer.” Lindsey Stirling is a world renowned violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer. She says that “through [her] unique style of playing, [she] wants to prove that you don’t have to conform to be accepted.” Lindsey is a role model to all of us, paving the way and showing us that we needn’t omit the rest of our passions to just narrow ourselves down to one. Having one passion to devote the rest of your
By Krystabel Kok
life to is seen to be the ideal in our society. It seems almost mandatory for us to figure out what our ‘one true calling’ is. Indeed, there are many people today who are specialists; the ones who have known what they wanted to do for a long time. For instance, maybe you have been certain since your 8th birthday that you wanted to be an astronautical engineer. Though, what if you aren’t wired this way? What if you have many varied interests that you are equally dedicated to? What if you feel as if you will have to drop the many things that you may be passionate about to just pursue the ‘one’? You needn’t worry. What you are is a multipotentialite. Lindsey Stirling World renowned violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer
To find out more about embracing your many passions and your multipotentiality (what a tongue twister), watch the TED talk entitled ‘Why some of us don’t have one true calling’ by Emilie Wapnick. She is an artist, writer, speaker and coach who is paving the way for multipotentialites around the world, just like herself. Alternatively, for more information you can visit her website www.puttylike.com where she shares her tools, resources and many inspiring articles.
s we all know there are many young people on this gigantic earth, who post a variety of videos on YouTube. Most of us have our own favourite YouTubers whose videos we watch every day! Which thus begs the question, “How do I create a YouTube channel and become popular?” Well if you’re looking for some tips to make your YouTube channel popular, by all means read this article! Without further ado, let us begin! *Imaginary drum roll*
YouTube HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL CHANNEL
Tip #1 Aim for something big! Viewers normally subscribe to YouTubers who have interesting content or absolutely mindblowing videos. In order to achieve that, you’ll need good equipment to film your videos or if you’re more interested in gaming, use graphic cards recommended by professionals. To add on, play video games that people actually love to watch, some of which include: Minecraft, Black Ops 3, Halo 5 and Five Night’s at Freddy’s (FNAF). Just remember that there are thousands upon thousands of other YouTubers out there, so at the end of the day you’ll need extremely exclusive content to get you to the charts! Tip #2 Determination is one thing that will propel you forward towards a more successful YouTube channel. How? Well, being determined and optimistic will boost your confidence, during high and low tides. Also you need to devote money, time and work into YouTube channels because lots of viewers out there are expecting something amazing. As your YouTube channel gradually becomes more popular, you’ll have to buy better equipment, better graphic cards, better editing software and many more things, in order to make your subscribers and viewers spread the word to others. ☺ Tip #3
At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if you don’t achieve your 1,000,000 subscriber goal. What matters most is the effort, time and hard work you’ve put into your YouTube channel. Having a YouTube channel and uploading videos can prove to other people out there, that anything can be achieved! I wish you the best of luck, in creating your own YouTube channel, and make sure to pop around and tell me the channel’s name! ADIOS and good luck!
Nik Raisa azen
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The second issue of Tenby International School Setia Eco-Park student magazine