“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.”
Next week is our annual trips week and it is one of the most exciting weeks of our school year. The wide range of trips we run for our students gives us the chance to take learning out of the classroom, out of the school and into the world.
I said goodbye to our Tanzania expedition members on Thursday - due to the long journey they have they have had to start their trip earlier than the others. I wished them all the very best of luck and reminded them that very few people of their age ever get the opportunity to go on such an adventure. Therefore, they must grab every opportunity that this trip brings them, for they will remember it for the rest of their lives.
Although the rest of our trips are not going quite so far away, the same must be said for all of the expeditions that are students are setting off on next week. Our Year 7s are going to Cuc Phuong, Year 8 to Cat Ba, Year 9 to Sapa, Year 10 to the Mekong Delta and Year 11 to Hoa Binh. Our Year 12s are once again going out into the world of employment, for a week of work experience, and our Year 13s are going as associate leaders on the Key Stage 3 trips.
In all of these trips, the students will experience things that are new, things that are exciting and things that are possibly, at times, outside of their ‘comfort’ zone. Although ‘comfort’ brings with it, a sense of familiarity and calm, it can also prevent us from being curious - which is something we are naturally born to be. That means, curious about what is, curious about what was and ultimately curious about what's next.
So going on these trips - which are led by our very experienced external partners The Learning Project Asia and Exo - enables our students to grow, develop greater confidence, take on new challenges and build new relationships with their peers.
I wish everyone a great time. A link will be sent home to all of you so that you can access daily photos of the trip that your daughter or son is on. Finally, I want to thank all of our teachers for the hard work that goes into not only being on duty for the week, but for all of the preparation beforehand.