Middle School Adventure Week 2012
Middle School Adventure Week
For every student, the Outdoor Education and Leadership Program is an integral part of the American International School experience. It is a key component of our curricular program and participation is mandatory.
Through this program students have the chance to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities and visit some of the more remote areas of Hong Kong. The program encourages students to build friendships, strengthen team spirit, develop cooperative skills, and foster the homeroom teacher – student relationship. It also builds a deeper understanding of our fragile environment and the responsibilities we share as global citizens.
In November all students attend a week long camp within Hong Kong where they stay in dorms and tents while learning outdoor skills. During this ‘Adventure Week’ they will participate in a variety of activities from abseiling, mountain biking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and swimming.
Students will stay in their year groups and be assigned with their homerooms and homeroom teachers. This allows students to build on our house system and reinforce the role of the homeroom teacher and student.
‘Adventure Week’ is followed-up with two more outdoor education days later in the year. The first event is the annual Great Race that takes place on one of the many islands surrounding Hong Kong. The students are organized into their house groups and must race around a designated course using map reading and orienteering skills. Teamwork and fitness are essential.
The final outdoor education day takes place in March. Students stay in year groups and visit different locations in Hong Kong. They spend the day hiking and working through a series of tasks investigating rivers and streams, currents, vegetation, trees and, the mangroves of the New Territories. This fieldwork is designed to support the science curriculum, consolidating class work students undertake in the lead up to this day.
Click here to learn about the past Middle School Adventure Week 2011.