Recently all IB students and a selection of IB teachers from Collège Champittet and our sister school, La Côte International School, spent three days together at our mountain chalet ‘Les Martinets’. The purpose of this trip was to promote team spirit, develop IB learner profile characteristics and teach methodological and transversal 21st Century skills. One of our IB students, Flavie Girard, volunteered to write up her experience of the stay. Thank you to Flavie and all the IB students and staff involved in making this trip truly memorable.
Matthew Roberts, IB DP Geography Teacher
“On Monday the 15th of September, my class, the 13IB as well as the class above, the 14IB and the 13IB from La Côte, left for the Martinets in Plans-sur-Bex. The purpose of this three-day camp was to introduce the first year IB class to the International Baccalaureate diploma and its special requirements such as the CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), TOK (Theory of Knowledge) and the EE (Extended Essay), as well as bring students and teachers from across the IB programmes at Collège Champittet and Lâ Cote together.
The stay was divided in two sections: sport activities and workshops. The day we arrived was the introduction to the activities of the stay followed by an orienteering race, the second day was divided between the workshops and a hike in the mountains with a guide, and the third day was the last of the workshops. The workshops were about the Extended Essay, C.A.S, Theory of Knowledge, note taking, avoiding plagiarism, excel skills, and time organisation.
The Camp was very beneficial for us because we learned how to develop important skills such as teamwork, organisation and academic honesty. Teamwork was omnipresent because we were regrouped into a formation of 8-9 people from either the 13IB, or 14IB from Champittet or the 13IB from La Côte, and we had to communicate between ourselves and to learn from each other. Organisation was a workshop in itself, and again we explained to each other our timetable of the week to discover new ways to gain in efficiency.
The other workshops about C.A.S, ToK and E.E were very informative because they explained what we would have to face in the coming two years. The hike was instructive too: at the middle of the walk, the guide put us in little groups with a different emergency situation each. Then we had to find how we should act correctly in these different situations, and at the end he explained more in details what were the good reflexes to have in the mountains if anything happened.
The trip to the Martinets was fun and educative. And happily the main goal of this experience was achieved: new students joined in the class dynamic and our relations with the older students and with the students from La Côte improved.”
Flavie Girard - 13IB Student