Learning Happens Everywhere
Learning Happens Everywhere
Outdoor activities offer students opportunities to build skills and confidence as they take part in limited-risk outings such as hiking, high-ropes courses, climbing, canoeing or river-rafting. All activities are suited to their age and physical capabilities.
I loved getting off my phone and having fun with my friends. I learnt a lot about new skills, my friends and even myself.
Emilia G, Grade 8 student
Residential Field Trips
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. Often these trips link to aspects of the school curriculum, but they also challenge students by taking them to new locations and encouraging them to learn different skills. The examples given below describe trips from a recent year.
Primary Field Trips
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, plus 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 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. 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.
Service Learning Field Trips
Many Service Learning project also involve learning beyond the classroom. For example, Grade 9 students can apply to join a service and adventure trip during the spring vacation. In previous years our students have gone to Tanzania and to Kathmandu, Nepal. In Kathmandu, they volunteered at our partner school, Shree Mangal Dvip School – a school for children from remote Himalayan villages who would otherwise miss out on an education. Our students also saw some of the country during a hiking trip.
Grade 10 students can study Outdoor Education & Leadership. They also have the opportunity to take part in a month-long Expedition that incorporates a week of local community service in a developing country. Previous expeditions have been to Ecuador, Nepal, Bolivia, Peru, Borneo and Vietnam.