Overview

Week without Walls is a week of experiential learning that is organized each school year for Grade 4 to 12.  All of the trips involve the students in real world learning situations and builds on each individuals social and emotional skills.  Each trip also involves our students in different elements of service as action.  In addition to the experiential learning experience students in the secondary school also undertake summative assessments as a direct result of the learning that occurs during the week.

Grade Location Purpose Time
3 Bangladesh Being independent/ Team building March
4 Bangladesh Being independent/Team building March
5 Bangladesh Team building/ real life experiences March
6 Thailand – Prem Centre Team Building & Social / Emotional October / November
7 Thailand Social Emotional / Service October / November
8 Borneo IDU / Physical Challenge October / November
9 Nepal Physical Challenge/Service October / November
10 Tioman Island, Malasyia IDU / Physical Challenge October / November
11 Thailand Service October / November
12 India Social/Emotional/Academic Re-Focus August / September

The trips are determined by the quality of experience rather than the location.   Where possible the trips are repeated each year with the different cohorts. Therefore students and parents know what to expect in upcoming school years and there is a sense of tradition and anticipation.

The week without walls programme is an integral element of the ISD curriculum and students are expected to participate. Students who do not participate in the Week without Walls programme may not be eligible to participate in other co-curricular overseas travel opportunities.

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

The purpose for the trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 6 curriculum, specifically Science, Humanities and PE & Health.

Theerfore, during the week, the students learn about the Thai culture and participate in many team building exercises. They experience a range of activities such as Thai cooking, kayaking, zip lining, and Muay Thai.

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Last wishes before letting the balloon with the candles rise into the night sky

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Building our own rafts

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Building our teamwork skills

Grade 7

The purpose for the trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 7 curriculum, specifically Humanities and Physical Education & Health.

Therefore, during the week, the students learn about the push and pull factors that influence the migration of groups of people and how population needs to adapt to survive. Students are also be responsible for implementing PHE activities for students at a local school.

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Participating in a village celebration

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Taking on a personal challenge - Ziplining

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Learning how to make traditional crafts

 

Grade 8

The purpose for this trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 8 curriculum, specifically Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Health.  Humanities is the strongest element of this trip, with the preservation of Borneo’s precious eco-system at the heart of every encounter.

Therefore, their encounters include how locals ‘live life’ and how the waterways are used for transportation instead of roads. The students trek through jungle and rainforest to appreciate the concept of sustainability. They also help to build shelters for the animals which are close to extinction and connected with the endangered animals like Orangutans. This trip gives students authentic opportunities to engage in service learning

Students travel in long boats to their destination

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Students preparing headtorches before sleeping in the jungle

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Authentic Service - Students helping to build a animal shelters in the Orangutan Sanctuary

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Grade 9

The purpose for this trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 9 curriculum. The purpose for the trip is to enhance students’ ability to reflect. Reflection is an important component of the MYP programme as it is fundamental to the learning process in all subject areas. The trip provides the students with authentic stimuli as they develop their written and verbal reflection skills.

Therefore during the week, the students learn about the Nepali culture and explore many significant historical and World Heritage sites. The students also involve themselves in service activities through earthquake relief to assist this country in its recovery.

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Taking Action through Service at Chisapani

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The Camp

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Boudhanath Stupa

Grade 10

The purpose for the trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 10 curriculum, specifically Science and Mathematics.

Therefore during the week, the students learn about the the different ecosystems present on Tioman Island where they carry out their investigations. The students are assessed using an interdisciplinary unit in Humanities, Science and Mathematics.

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Quadrats on the Beach

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Measuring the Trees in the Rainforest

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Learning about the Species

Grade 11

The purpose for the trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 11 curriculum, specifically Service and the IBDP CAS programme. It is expected for all Grade 12 students successfully engage in service to achieve an ISD High School Diploma and for all IBDP students to meet the requirements of the CAS programme.

Therefore this trip is designed to support the students in successfully meeting these requirements. During this week students engage actively and authentically with a local community to undertake service as action. They conduct a Needs Analysis at a village and build a project to help the community. The trip does involve trekking however the amount and intensity is at a very manageable level.

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The Grade 11 Experience

Grade 12

The purpose for the trip is to engage in experiential learning that is strongly linked to the Grade 12 curriculum, specifically Service and the IBDP CAS programme. It is expected for all Grade 12 students successfully engage in service to achieve an ISD High School Diploma and for all IBDP students to meet the requirements of the CAS programme.

Therefore this trip is designed to support the students in successfully meeting these requirements. During this week students engage in activities that develop various attributes of the Learner profile and they engage in learning and practice to deepen their individual understanding and use of mindfulness practice.

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Service: Assisting Dentists in Lamdon

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Amra Achi goes to India - Soccer Match at Lamdon School

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Nature Meditation Workshop

 

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