Every year, towards the end of the school year, students from Grades 2-11 go away for residential Field Trips ranging from two to five days according to age.
Primary Field Trips
In June 2015 Grade 2 used compasses and read maps as they learned more about 'Exploration' in Brienz. Grade 3 students had a first-hand experience of life in a rural Swiss mountain community when they spent four days in Engelberg. Grade 4 students saw waterfalls and glacier-formed lakes as they inquired into 'Water' in Kandersteg for a week. Meanwhile, Grade 5 went across the border to Allgäu in Southern Germany for a week tackling physical challenges such as white-water rafting and orienteering. (This was part of their preparation for moving into Grade 6 and the more adventurous Field Trips that take place in Secondary School.)
Secondary Field Trips
Grade 6 students headed to the alpine resort of Verbier to take part in a programme of 'Culture & Excursions'. Grade 7 students spent a week in Gstaad, learning through cultural, leadership and academic activities, and physical/adventure challenges. Rock-climbing, abseiling and orienteering were some of the outdoor activities that Grade 8 students did during a week at the Village Camps Swiss Alpine Centre in Leysin. Grade 9 students had the choice, according to interest, of canoeing from Switzerland into France; an outdoor adventure week in Interlaken canyoning, rock-climbing, mountain biking and river rafting in Interlaken; or joining a Visual and Performing Arts trip to Lausanne.
Grade 10 students left school early for their own Personal Development Month. Some joined the ICS Expedition to Borneo. (In 2016, the Grade 10 Expedition will go to Vietnam.) Many others organised their own activities including educational travel, summer schools, community service or work experience.
Grade 11 students also had a choice of field trips. They could go on a scuba diving and marine environment trip to Croatia; take an art, culture and history trip to Berlin; visit the World Expo in Milan; or take a history and photography trip to Paris.