At ISM, we believe that learning doesn’t just happen inside the classroom. That’s why every year, our Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in Week Without Walls, a program that allows them to explore new places, cultures, and experiences outside of the traditional school environment.
Week Without Walls is not a vacation – it’s an extension of the curriculum that allows students to participate in cross-curricular research and preparation for the trip, as well as follow-up assignments and projects upon their return to school. By traveling with their classmates and teachers, students are able to build confidence, responsibility, and independence, which will serve them well as they prepare for high school and beyond.
In previous years, each grade group travelled to different parts of Myanmar, accompanied by their core subject teachers and specialists. Grade 6 students explored Pyay, Grade 7 visited Mandalay and surrounding cities, and Grade 8 delved into the unique environmental issues of the Inle Lake area and Shan State.
In 2022/23 we made the decision to make Week Without Walls an international event. Each grade group travelled together with their core subject teachers and specialists to Thailand and North Vietnam.
Students in Grade 8 explored the history and culture of North Vietnam, including the bustling city of Hanoi, the stunning natural landscapes of Sapa, and the iconic Halong Bay. Grade 7 travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where they learned about the rich history and culture of the region, visited local temples, and experienced traditional Thai cuisine and music. Grade 6 had the opportunity to explore the stunning beaches and natural beauty of Phuket, Thailand, while also learning about the culture and traditions of the region.
These international trips will provide students with the opportunity to experience new cultures, learn about different ways of life, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them. By participating in Week Without Walls, our Middle School students are able to expand their horizons and build valuable skills that will serve them well throughout their academic careers and beyond.
In addition to providing a unique and exciting learning opportunity, Week Without Walls also includes a service learning component. Service learning is an educational approach that integrates community service with classroom instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Through service learning, our students have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the communities they visit while also gaining valuable skills and experiences. By working together with local organizations and community members, students learn about the challenges facing these communities and how they can contribute to solutions.
Overall, Week Without Walls is a unique and exciting opportunity for our Middle School students to expand their horizons, build valuable skills, and make a positive impact on the world around them. We are proud to offer this program to our students and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will continue to make in their communities, both near and far.