The activities ranged in theme from STEAM projects to Juilliard collaborations to Wellbeing, with a lot of fun being had across the week. This can be seen in the winning student video from our History Amazing Race activity, where students designed videos to showcase the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City.
It also gave our teachers the chance to deliver activities where they could work with other department colleagues, take students outside of the classroom walls, and try something different themselves. Some of the activities were highlighted during our Week Without Walls for Year 9 in January, but we also had a few new ones up our sleeves…
External partners - Pet Care, Archery Tag, La Holista Cooking, Climbing, and Scuba Diving
In partnership with Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) our students learned about taking care of dogs and even had the opportunity to work with a dog in the classroom...that’s not something we see every day!
They also tried their hand at Archery Tag, developing good teamwork skills as well as some hand-eye coordination practice, and learned about healthy cooking and healthy eating from La Holista.
Some of our students experienced their first scuba diving session or tested their skills on the climbing wall, both of which challenged them immensely.
Students were able to showcase their creative project management skills by designing a fundraising event for the Friends for Street Children Back2School campaign. Working in teams they designed and presented on an event to raise awareness of the project and provide funds to enable 685 underprivileged children go to school. Our students came up with some fantastic ideas that we hope will be utilised by the campaign team.
Art Projects - BioArt, Bench Painting
Our Art team were busy during the week working on cross-curricular and community projects.
Year 8 students took part in the BioArt project combining Science and Creativity to produce some fantastic artwork. A team of students also continued the bench painting project for Endangered Asian Species Trust (EAST) that has been ongoing as a CCA throughout the year.
Environmental Projects - Plastic Challenge, Plastic Weaving, A Plastic Ocean Screening, Thao Dien Environmental Detectives, and Global Goals Debates
With our school-wide focus on Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption, many of the activities had an environmental aspect to them in order to further student understanding and awareness of issues in this area.
Students were challenged with creating new products from plastic waste by weaving plastic bags together, they learnt about the impact of plastic on our oceans, and assessed pollution in the Thao Dien area (as well as cleaning up as they went!).
They also impressed our MUN Coordinator, Mr Gamwell, with their Global Goals debating skills, which developed research and public speaking skills.
Critical Thinking - Board Games, Escape Room, and Team Building
Students were encouraged to use their critical thinking skills in a variety of ways through the week, both as individuals and when working in a team.
They had to solve problems to ‘escape’ a room with puzzles designed by Year 9 students (with the support of Mr Chandler), take on their peers at some alternative board games (who won the ‘Lost Expedition’?!), and work together to solve some problems that required teamwork and perseverance.
Finally, our youngest students were able to be Journalists reporting on the activities of the week. They roamed the halls with their ‘press team’ badges which gave them access to all of the events taking place. They interviewed other students, took photos and videos, and created a final piece to sum up the week’s activities, using their communication and collaboration skills.
The atmosphere throughout the week was electric, with huge smiles being seen across the campus. A huge thank you to everyone who made the organisation of the week possible, and to our students for throwing themselves enthusiastically into all of the challenges. As one Year 8 student commented, “I hope we do the same again next year!”
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