Secondary School Students Return from a Week in the Outdoors!

Last week saw our secondary school students all over Romania for their annual outdoor education trips. Our students represented themselves well, which speaks volumes to our ability to come together as a Secondary School family and honor our community agreements. We’d like to especially recognize and thank our grade level leaders, Mr. Donham (G6), Mrs. Williams (G7), Mr. Warren (G8), Mr. Parnell (G9), Ms. Houriez (G10), Ms. Bock (G11), and Ms. Baxendale (G12) for leading the trip planning and execution. Our gratitude and thank you to all the teachers who went on the trips and devoted around the clock time to engaging with students, as well as to the parents of our students who entrusted their children to us. We felt lucky to get to know each student in a whole new way. And most importantly, thank you to our students; their willingness to be risk-takers who pushed themselves beyond their comfort zones, is to be commended.

Grade 7 Memories from Mamaia: We’ve had an action packed week at the beach! Volleyball, soccer, team building games and yoga were some of the activities on offer. We hosted the children from the Antonio placement center and they were delighted with the generous donations from AISB families. Thank you! Our students showed initiative and took responsibility for looking after the children on the beach. They played together in the sand, making sculptures and sand castles, bounced on the giant inflatables and had a whale of a time. It was beautiful to watch all of the children interacting so naturally and enjoying this special time together. We explored Constanta, taking in the sights of Piata Ovidiu, the marina, the ruined casino and the mosque. We also hit “The Escapers” escape rooms for more team building and problem solving fun.

Grade 8 Memories from Ferma Indianului: The “Happy Campers” have successfully returned from a week without walls. The grade spent the last week building stronger bonds in the beautiful natural surroundings of Transylvania. The weather was fantastic which allowed students to engage in a range of outdoor activities from team-building and games to helping around the farm. Students prepared their own meals as well, which actually turned out to be quite delicious (perhaps to their surprise).

Grade 9 Memories from Baile Tusnad: This was a big month for grade 9! In preparation for the class trip students planed, prepared, and executed a fundraiser. Proceeds were raised for the Viata program which offers summer camp sponsorships to students all across Romania. Grade 9 students created a “Beat the Teacher Olympics” where grades 6 through 12 competed against teachers in a variety of different sports and activities. On September 12th the grade 9 class headed to Baile Tusnad. They were greeted by camp leaders and spent the evening participating in team building activities. On September 13th students spent the day working through low ropes activities before graduating to the high ropes course. On the 3rd day, the whole class embarked on a hike over the mountain to a volcanic lake. On the fourth and final day, we set out into the town for a scavenger hunt before boarding the train to head home.

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