From left: Michal, Juan, Olivia, Roos, Olivia and Yeldy represent the Diploma contingent on the recent Plains Level 4 Trip to Burunge.
My week started off with an 18km walk across the plains with wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, and more!
Value #7 – Opportunities to engage with the culture and nature of East Africa.
Value #8 – A shared responsibility and collective duty of care for ourselves, each other, and the environment
Value #9 – A healthy lifestyle and active pursuits
On Plains Level 4 I saw so many of our values in action which many of you may not be aware of. Experiential Learning and OP have worked hard over the past year to decrease our impact on the environment. I saw this in action this past weekend and can compare it to my former OP trips. For example, we now have reusable lunch containers where we used to use bagged lunches. The amount of foil and plastic wrap has decreased impressively, although there is still a ways to go. I noticed that all of the ingredients we brought with us were also in individual reusable containers. We sorted our garbage carefully, separating trash from recyclables and compostables – this was a new habit for many of the younger students on the trip so was a great learning opportunity for them.
I also saw a lot of care for ourselves and each other on the trek. Students and teachers alike supported and encouraged each other, raised the spirits of those who were struggling, helped each other set up camp, and more.
Our WMA Burunge guide, Cornel, was fantastic and with the combination of his knowledge and Phil’s (how lucky to go on an OP with Phil!) we had four days of up close and personal interaction with the natural and cultural environment.
Value #6 – The ambition of students to demonstrate initiative and take on leadership roles
Once back on campus, preparations for Graduation continued with the leadership and initiative of a dedicated group of D1 students. Plans for orientation in August for our new cohort of D1s are in full swing under the leadership of Ms. Coralie and her team of M5 and D1 students and the organizing committee for the 24Hour Run, which will be held in Arusha next year, is recruiting team members to ensure a well-organized event. M4, M5, and D1 students are invited to apply to be part of the planning committee: bit.ly/24ComApp
Thanks to all for continuing to maintain silence around the exam centre. I know the D2s appreciate it!
As always, I am blown away by the work ethic and positive attitude I see on a daily basis in our community – staff, students, and parents. We ask a lot of you, please know that we see you and appreciate your commitment to making this the best school it can be!
Have a great weekend,