At Canadian Academy, we are aware that learning happens not only in the classroom but also outside the school, and our teachers organize many field trips to extend the students’ learning experience. At the same time, the trips benefit the students to spend enjoyable time together and build friendships. Our students visited multiple places in the recent months.
Trip to Hiroshima - the G9 students visited Hiroshima and Miyajima as part of their Interdisciplinary Learning ‘Hiroshima Project’. Before heading to Hiroshima, they learned about the bombing of Hiroshima from two perspectives, historical and literary, by reading about it and watching history unfold while hearing from victims of the bombings.
During the visit, they visited the Hiroshima Peace Museum and dedicated origami cranes, which are symbols of peace. The trip was a great wrap-up of the learning, and the students made connections between their knowledge from the classroom and the actual place of the event.
Caterpillar factory visit - as one of the options offered within Extended Learning Opportunity, which takes place once every nine days, our high school students visited Caterpillar, a leading construction equipment manufacturer.
The students were excited to test a scale model of excavator control and amazed to see how different parts worked together. Also, they participated in a factory tour to learn how machinery is assembled. This visit was inspiring, particularly for students interested in engineering.
Ski trips - Our middle school students went on 3-day ski trips to Northern Hyogo (G6), Iwate (G7), and Aomori (G8). The trips were extremely exciting for the students, as we do not have much snow in Kobe.
The students took part in ski lessons and enjoyed spending time together. Many secondary students actually mention the ski trips as one of the highlights of middle school, saying ‘the trip really helped me build bonds with friends and make lots of new friends.’
Museums in the Kansai area - we are fortunate to have a wide variety of museums in the Kansai area. Our grade 3 students visited the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka as part of their ‘How People Express their Cultural Identity through the Arts’ Unit. They loved exploring different types of costumes, festival equipment, and artwork worldwide.
The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial was a trip destination for our grade 4 students. As a school located in Kobe, it is always important for us to learn from the disaster experience and practice staying safe in an emergency. In the museum, the students saw how the city of Kobe recovered from the earthquake and learned about disaster preparation.
These are just some examples of the field trips we offer. Seeing our students learning from real-life experiences and building stronger bonds with their friends is always nice. We can not wait for the Week Without Walls in May!