While our expedition programme starts in Grade 1 with a sleepover at school and culminates in Grade 11 with the independently planned Project Week, from the first week of kindergarten, regular opportunities are intentionally provided for students to explore the natural, growing, creative and social spaces of the outdoor environments on both campuses. On-campus activity is then extended through a range of field trips that encourage students to form connections in meaningful contexts within the wider Singapore landscape. Eventually, this extends to also include participation in the expedition programme.
Our expedition programme operates from an ethos of 'Challenge of Choice.' This principle refers to each participant's responsibility to choose their own level of risk-taking in the learning experience. Based on the belief that significant learning occurs when you push out of a known 'comfort zone,' our team also recognise that each person's experience will be different.
This encourages respect for one another, the skill of making one's own choices free of peer group pressure and promotes an experience where everyone contributes to each other's choices and self-esteem development.
Note: the overseas expeditions programme was disrupted from February 2020 due to COVID-19. The 2020/2021 school year will feature a ‘hyper-local’ focus and deliver a specially-designed programme in Singapore. The student learning will continue, because the nature of our curriculum means that students are able to develop the knowledge and understanding, as well as skills and qualities of the UWCSEA profile, in the Outdoor Education programme in numerous settings. The overseas expeditions programme remains under review.