Learning outside the classroom
Experiential learning (i.e., the process of learning through experience) is a big part of the educational emphasis at GEMS World Academy (Singapore).
Every GWA student can participate in Experiential Learning Programmes (ELP) with the support of dedicated Experiential Learning Programme Coordinators and the school’s passionate teachers.
What makes this programme valuable is the level of reflection it requires. This helps link each child’s experience back to the school curriculum, add value to their academic progress, personal development and to the learning opportunities on the table, all while facilitating effective community participation within the student body.
Recently, students from Grade 6 visited Australia while students from Grades 7 to 10 went to Thailand. Check out what they got up to!
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In Australia, students experienced the Aboriginal culture personally and learned more about the Australian Zoo’s wildlife preservation and conservation efforts.
They also developed awareness of environmental challenges through the study of coastal dunes and engaged in tree planting as part of a volunteer programme to protect the Australian shoreline from erosion.
“I had an opportunity to practice my team-building, learned new things and become closer to all of my friends,” said Ava Bizjak, a Grade 7 student at GWA.
In Thailand, students explored the streets of Udon Thani, where they took up Muay Thai and cooking classes.
They also visited a Buddhist temple and helped the chefs cook a meal for poor villagers, and even helped build a house!
Grade 10 student Eva Muquet-Vaillant says she loved the whole trip: “Our community and service trip to Udon Thani, Thailand, was an unforgettable experience. Our six days were jam-packed with intense community service and cultural learning.”
The ELP bridges the gap between the classroom and the real world, allowing students to develop long-term connections with their surroundings.
“Embracing the notion of experiential learning provides students with connections to a range of learning opportunities, both at home and abroad, creating experiences that are relevant, interesting and absorbing,” says Mark Gardner, Curriculum Coordinator.
The challenges each student faces independently and through team work in this programme helps develop his or her communication and social skills, too.
GEMS World Academy (Singapore) brings 57 years of international education experience to families seeking globally recognised education for their children. With state-of-the-art facilities located on a five hectare campus, GWA ensures that children are provided with a world-class learning environment as they undertake a balanced learning programme across Sports, Arts and Academics.
By The Finder, December 2016
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