The interrelation of knowledge and skills is often overlooked when children operate within the necessary, but sometimes restrictive, nature of the subject timetable – hence our encouragement of experiential learning outside the formal classroom setting. We strongly support the theory that ‘I do: (therefore) I understand’ and so, whether the pupils gaze at world class art, stand in Sheikh Zayed’s Grand Mosque or toy with crabs in the Mangroves, their senses have been stimulated and real life connections made.
We run a wide variety of school trips ranging from educational to recreational visits and day trips to overnight stays. There is a rich selection of local opportunities on our doorstep here on Saadiyat Island. The incredible Louvre Abu Dhabi is a few minutes away as is the beautiful Saadiyat Beach as well as NYU Abu Dhabi whose Arts Center programme is outstanding and provides theatre opportunities for pupils both as audience members and also regularly through workshops and masterclasses.
A little further afield but still in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Park Zoo, Umm al Emarat Park, Mangroves National Park, Sir Bani Yas Island, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Al Forsan International Sports Resort are among the destinations on the list.
From Year 8, children travel beyond our own Emirate for residential off-sites which have included Umm al-Quwain Adventure in the UAE, Oman and Bahrain for ISTA Drama Festivals, France and Austria for a week’s skiing instruction, Nepal and Borneo for eco/philanthropic trips and of course, academic and cultural exchanges to our sister school in England, Cranleigh School, Surrey.