We need the tonic of wildness.
– Henry David Thoreau
Learning can take place anywhere. The idea that knowledge must be delivered from a lecture or a book does not reflect the reality of modern education. Education outside the classroom and journeys beyond the NIST campus play an integral role in the curriculum at all levels, allowing students to apply their learning in a real-life context.
Held annually, Action Week enables secondary students to bond through trips that support personal and social development. The Challenge by Choice and International Award for Young People programmes similarly aim to help learners develop into healthy risk-takers. By fostering a sense of connection to nature and others, we mold global citizens who are empowered to become community leaders.
Due to the importance placed on these learning opportunities, all curriculum-related field trips are included in the tuition fee. (Exceptions include service trips, ski trips, drama trips and the International Award for Young People.)
In line with our belief in the value of experiential learning, short journeys outside the school play a significant role in the curriculum at all levels. Elementary students typically have one field trip incorporated into each unit of inquiry, allowing them to connect the concepts to the world beyond the school walls, and in Years 4, 5 and 6 residential visits form an integral part of part of the PYP. In the secondary school, these trips are extended to longer periods of time as students become more independent. Many of the subject areas require them to undertake either one-day or multi-day residential trips in order to gather and record primary data.
A unique part of the NIST curriculum, this required week-long programme for secondary students from Years 7 to 11 is an important learning and bonding experience. Outdoor adventure is front and center in this popular retreat, held at various locations around Thailand. The trips are scoped and sequenced to allow progressive development from year level to year level, building on previous skills and experiences. The activities provide an invaluable chance for students to grow individually and together.
Challenge by Choice
Personal growth can happen in all sorts of arenas. We offer students the chance to pursue adventure activities outside of the classroom. These activities may be fun, but they also provide valuable problem-solving experience and encourage teamwork.
The aim of the International Award for Young People (IAYP) programme is a non-competitive means of encouraging young people from the ages of 14 and up to develop self-reliance, perseverance and sense of responsibility to themselves, their communities and society. The award is granted based on four areas of development: service, physical recreation, adventurous journey and skills. The participant is judged on personal achievements, measured against original circumstances and potential. This allows for every student to have an equal chance to participate and achieve one or all of the three levels: gold, silver and bronze.