Camps, Service Trips and Exchange
Community Action for Primary and Secondary School students learning enables them to grow as unique individuals and to recognise their role in relation to others. Camps, Service Trips and Exchange encourages empathy and experiential learning– acquiring knowledge through direct experience.
During the first semester, students from Year 3 – 12 are invited to an annual school camp to embrace peer collegiality, personal goal setting, adventure, initiative and active learning. These camps range from 2 – 5 days duration and are set in local or interstate locations.
Our international service-learning expeditions have become part of our culture of service at ISWA. Each year, students from Year 9 to 12 are given the opportunity to venture overseas and beyond their comfort zones to explore and serve other communities. Our students’ reflections of these trips are very telling. They often feel transformed by their experiences, giving them a perspective on the world, and the drive to plan their own activities. Past Service Trips have ventured to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Indonesia and Fiji.
Our most recent student cultural exchange tour was to the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Our students visited local schools for immersion in English, Mathematics, and PE classes. Some traditional Chinese courses were specifically tailored, such as pottery making, paper cutting, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese pairing. Students attended traditional Chinese Fair and public speaking presentations given by the host students and they participated in a school basketball game and talent show. Our students were accommodated by host students and their families. They received the warmest and most generous hospitality from the host families and the schools of the NSFLS Group.