As a key part of the curriculum offered at Shu Ren International School field trips are very much the norm for the students. Participation in them as well as hosting speakers in the classroom are a part of the experiential learning – learning through the reflection on doing – that happens in each class offered at the PreK2 – Grade 8 school. What is new and very exciting for the school is that this spring Shu Ren will join the ranks of distinct, independent schools in offering their first international excursion to China this spring. Shu Ren’s Middle Years Programme 1 (MYP 1 – equivalent to Grade 6) students will have the unique opportunity to fully stretch their language skills and expand their horizons with a two-week long field trip to Shanghai, China.
The trip is organized in partnership with Xiwai International School in the Shanghai suburbs. The students, accompanied by Shu Ren teachers and parents, will stay in Xiwai’s dormitories and participate in classes and activities alongside native Chinese students. The two week schedule for Shu Ren students includes classes in math, philosophy and the Chinese arts along with visits to landmarks and historical sites. The trip will also serve as an extension of the MYP students’ current studies on the effect of colonialism in China. Shanghai, with its contrast of modern skyscrapers rising next to old traditional buildings, provides a rich backdrop for such studies.
With the world becoming increasingly interdependent, international education and experiences are essential. It is very thrilling for Shu Ren to partner with the MYP parents to provide this opportunity and to give their children a truly immersive experience. School administrators are excited for the opportunity to collaborate and deepen cross-cultural ties. And the students? Well, they are mostly looking forward to eating authentic Shanghai dumplings!
一路平安 / Yi lu ping’an / Bon Voyage