Week without Walls
As part of our Middle School curriculum, we believe it is important for students to be given the opportunity to experience learning in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Therefore, our students have a unique opportunity to study in a classroom without walls.
Week Without Walls provides students with a unique cultural, personal, interpersonal and environmental experience not available within the regular classroom walls. Students learn, reflect, and grow as individuals. The aim of WWW is to:
Ø Take learning out of the school and into the real world.
Ø Develop greater cultural sensitivity and provide authentic, direct exposure to India in order to nurture a better understanding and appreciation of Indian culture.
Ø Foster a greater sense of community and develop new friendships as well as strengthen existing ones.
Ø Increase respect for the environment
Ø Promote personal independence and responsibility and to challenge students physically and mentally.
Students are involved in research pertaining to their Week Without Walls beforehand in their classes and complete further work during the week. It is an expectation that all students participate in this program. The school covers the cost of the WWWs trips.
Grade 6 WWW trip dates: January / February
Grade 7 WWW trip dates: October / November
Grade 8 WWW trip dates: October / November
Grade 8 (WWW): The camps are located 120km northeast of Mumbai. At the first camp, students stay in tents on a 30 acre property which has with tree-top rooms, tiled huts, rooms and dormitories in a unique Maharashtra setting. Here students are trained in basic outdoor skills, such as orienteering, rappelling, trekking, valley crossing, and kayaking. Participation in these activities encourages students to develop their teaming and leadership capacities. The second camp is a 16 acre campsite that overlooks a 100 meter waterfall. Students take advantage of the kayaking, valley crossing, expeditionary challenges that the area provides.
The focus of the experience is teamwork in the jungle which encompasses some physically challenging outdoor experiences. WWW also includes a community “build” experience in a nearby tribal village.
Grade 7 (WWW): History and nature come alive as the 7th grade travel to Jaipur and Ranthambore National Park for their WWW trip. With links to the science and the social studies curricula woven through the trip, students actively explore the history and natural beauty of Rajasthan. Visiting the Amer Fort and learn about its history and the legacy of its rulers. Students will also visit the Anoki Museum to learn about the history of textiles and the block printmaking techniques. Following time in Jaipur the group will travel 130 kms. (by bus) to Ranthambore National Park. Students go on a morning and evening safari with the hopes of seeing deer, wild boar, many of the plentiful birds and, if we are lucky, a tiger! Students also visit the forts and other architectural sites in the area around Ranthambore.
Grade 6 (WWW): The morning of the first day of the trip will be spent at a local school in Chennai. In the afternoon, students will return to AISC for special activities. The following day, students will depart in the morning to spend three days in Yelagiri hills, which is an idyllic place with green hills and picture post-card scenery. It is called the queen of hill stations and is the most pristine and unpolluted among the hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Yellagiri is located 335 km from Chennai, and students will travel there in buses. It is expected to be a five hour ride. The focus for the trip is on team building and responsibility.