Team building on Mt. Washington
A good time was had by all at Highland’s second annual International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme retreat at the Vancouver Island Mountain Centre on Mt Washington.
“The mountain centre is a great place for our new IB students to get to know each other and to learn about the IB programme,” said Andrew Black, the IB coordinator at Highland. “The leaders led our students through a variety of team-building activities, including a night walk in Paradise Meadows. The teachers were able to talk to the students about the many opportunities the IB programme offers.”
Highland’s IB programme is unique in the North Island. It offers a rigorous post-secondary oriented academic programme combined with an emphasis on international understanding and holistic learning, including community service.
Students in IB develop close friendships as they move through the challenging programme together.
“Our teachers aspire to create a community within Highland’s IB program,” said Simone Bardonner, a first year IB student. As a new student to Highland, I was hesitant to attend the IB retreat. Yet, in two short days, complete strangers and old friends became a community. Through interactive teamwork activities and good, old-fashioned fun, our teachers helped us to discover how much we had in common. We all shared the same spark: the desire to question, learn, share, challenge ourselves and make the world a better place. This is how we build our community.”
Students also had the opportunity to learn about the educational opportunities that make the IB Programme unique.
“One aspect of the IB Programme that we discussed with the students at this retreat is Creativity, Action and Service,” said Rob Grantham, an administrator at Highland. “Over the 2 years of the Program the students are required to engage in volunteer service, creative, and physically-based activities that engage them in the community and the larger world.
“In the coming months these students will develop and initiate plans to engage in a wide realm of activities based on their personal and group interests.”
An IB education provides excellent preparation for success at colleges or universities.