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IST Organizes Annual Week Without Wall Excursions

November, 2014
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ist-week-without-wallsEvery year in September the Secondary students of the International School of Tianjin (IST) travel to exciting destinations around China as part of the annual Week Without Wall (WWW) excursions. This year, Grade 6 students challenged themselves in a variety of sport and craft activities at Survival Island, Beijing, while the Grade 7 students went to visit the historically and culturally significant city of Xi’an. Grade 8 travelled to Shan Dong Qu Fu and climbed up the physically testing Taishan Mountain, and that too, in the rain. Grade 9 spent their time getting exposure to the rigors of traditional Buddhist martial arts at the Shaolin Temple in Henan. Grade 10 visited the historical sites and museums in Nanjing, while Grade 11 went to Gu Fu Pu village in Hebei province and continued to help the village to build their school as part of their Community Service endeavors.

Research – and common sense – highlights the importance of schooling that promotes an appropriate balance between the intellectual, physical and emotional facets of a child’s personality. Although the weather was rather wet at some of the destinations, the spirits of the groups remained un-dampened and everyone had a most enjoyable time and meaningful learning experiences. Such trips are always a significant opportunity for personal growth for the students and serve as an important tool for team building and camaraderie amongst the students and teachers.  It has been seen that long lasting memories are made on such school trips.

 

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