Students’ first up close look at the mountains


Shot from Oeschinensee. UNESCO world heritage site for natural beauty.

Off on a “sledge” ride to the valley floor. Wipeouts were plentiful.

Student Reflections:

“The first few days were sooo fun, but one of the days that really stood out to me was when we went to Tropenhaus and went sledging. It really brought the whole group together and gave us many laughs. On the second day, it was officially the first time I had sledged and it was AMAZING!! It was really a great start to the Switzerland trip since everyone got together and had a great time, playing in the snow, falling, running, pushing people in the snow.. etc. I can’t wait to continue my Switzerland trip and I am so happy with the first couple days, while facing my fears and getting closer to people I wasn’t as close to before.” –Leen Naser



Visit to the Tropenhouse to get a firsthand look at Swiss sutainability

Fruitigen Tropenhouse is a center of aquaculture in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Using water naturally warmed through geothermal heat, the facility is able to raise and harvest 30,000 sturgeon a year with little environmental impact. Top grade caviar and fillets of flavored fish are shipped to markets across Eurasia. On top of the hatchery, Tropenhouse’s tropical garden produces exotic fruits for Swiss supermarkets. This significantly reduces the large environmental footprint that shipping in these items from far flung places would otherwise create.

Student Reflections:

“The Tropenhaus was amazing not only because of my personal interests, but also because it provided fun and interesting information about how black caviar is made. Personally, I really liked the trip because I am interested in underwater flora and fauna and overall, I think that the trip was very informative.” -Nikita Galanin


Introduction to the operation.

Tanks holding 80,000 sturgeon in various stages of maturity.

Bananas in the Alps.

Sturgeon on display.


Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their lesson on Swiss chocolate making

Student reflections:

“As I have a love for chocolate, going to the Chocolate Factory was a great treat! We had a wonderful chef demonstrate how chocolate is made and it was very interesting to watch. We all were able to try each of the different chocolates and they were delicious! This was a really informing experience and it increased my love for chocolate even more!” – Tansin Huq

Getting accustomed to the snow and cold…

Student Reflections:

“The first day walk was so much fun. We walked around the village, it was the first time we left the cabin. It was cool walking in the snow. I saw many rivers and tributaries.” – Farouk Bilbeisi
“The first day we had taken a walk around the village, as we walked we saw the beautiful mountain view as we looked up from the sparking white snow path. We walked beside the cold and fresh mountain water stream which was as clear as the morning sky. The walk was  great, we got to walk with our friends and explore the village in groups.” – Ananchai Saengla Wagstaff

Reminder: Week Without Walls Information Sessions Begin on Sunday!

It was great to see so many parents out at the High School Open House last night. Thanks to those of you who stopped by the Experiential Trips table and asked questions about the trips. There is a lot of excitement about the trips this year.

Below is the registration timeline which includes the scheduled information sessions with the providers for each trip. All meetings will take place in the Secondary Library.

See you all there!!

WWW Registration Timeline

Sunday, September 25
Grade 6 and 7 Parent Information Meetings
6:00-7:00pm   Grade 6 (Cyprus)*
7:00-8:00pm   Grade 7 (Sri Lanka)*
*a UAE camp option will also be discussed

Monday, September 26
Grade 9/10 Parent Information Meetings (Day 1)
6:00-6:25pm   US Space Camp
6:25-6:50pm   Germany
6:50-7:25pm   Morocco
7:25-7:45pm   RAK Camp
7:45-8:15pm   Switzerland (changed from Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 27
Grade 9/10 Parent Information Meetings (Day 2)
6:00-6:30pm   Laos
6:30-6:45pm   Job Shadow
6:45-7:00pm   Al Boom Scuba Diving
7:00-7:15pm   School of Culinary & Finishing Arts
7:15-7:30pm   Al Badia Golf Camp

Wednesday, September 28
Grade 8 Parent Information Meeting & Grade 9/10 (Day 3)
6:00-7:00pm   Grade 8 (Kenya)*
7:00-7:30pm   London (Grade 9/10)
7:30-8:00pm   Spain (Grade 9/10)

Thursday, September 29
Registration begins

Thursday, October 13

Sunday, October 16   
Confirmation of trip assignment

Thursday, December 15        
Final payment due

February 12-15, 2017
Week Without Walls

*a UAE camp option will also be discussed

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