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Extending the learning beyond the classroom

05 May 2014

Education is much more than lessons in a classroom.

For many years, schools have understood the benefits of providing special challenges and learning to students both inside and outside the school environment.

To that end, the “school camp” has been a time-honoured tradition and, for many students, one the fondest memories of their school experience.

At The British School of Beijing, Shunyi (BSB), these annual school camps are called “Residentials” and they are an in-built part of the curriculum at BSB from Year 2 through to Year 13.

They are also part of the fee structure, so there is no additional cost to parents at the time of the trips.

BSB Principal Mr Andy Puttock said this was part of the school’s ethos to challenge BSB students to achieve more.

“Our Residentials programme extends our curriculum to offer students experiences designed to be fun, challenging, inspiring, and motivating,” Mr Puttock said.

“Living and working with others brings out the best in everyone and, through service projects in China and further afield, our students see how life looks through other people’s eyes.

“Students bond with each other and their teachers, they also learn a lot about themselves as they are faced with changeable situations and challenges. It’s education that can’t come from books and lectures.”

All Residentials in Secondary school are organised by professional tour companies as with the Residentials in year 4, 5 and 6.

The companies provide expert guides for all facets of the trips . Briefings for parents are given in the weeks leading up to the trips. Teachers also do a pre-inspection of the destinations prior to the Residentials going ahead.

Primary school students at The British School of Beijing, Shunyi will soon be embarking on their residential trips (beginning of June), while the Secondary Residentials are held in October each year.

Year 2 students begin their school camp experience with a sleepover at school. As the students are only 6 and 7 years old, this eases them into the idea of an overnight stay with their school group and teachers.

Year 3 students visit the countryside outside of Beijing, exploring the flora, fauna and landscape of the area for two nights.

Beginning in Year 4, each Residential is a 4 night/5 day educational experience focusing on four key outcomes:

·         Education - history, culture, biology, geology, environment, anthropology

·         Outdoor Education - mountain biking, kayaking, abseiling, camping, snorkelling

·         Community Engagement - local school interaction, community service, conservation

·         Team Building - communication, cooperation, consideration, coordination

The locations are:                                             

Year 4 - PingYao

Year 5 - Xi’an

Year 6 - Guizhou

Year 7  - Sanya

Year 8 - Yangshuo

Year 9 - Xiamen

Year 10 - Ziyuan               

Year 11 - Sanya

Year 12 - Guizhou

Year 13 - Vietnam

For more information on the Residentials trips at The British School of Beijing, Shunyi, please contact the Admissions team – admissions@britishschool.org.cn