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Upper School Overnight Field Trips 2019-20

 

Environmental Science Field Studies Devon

Environmental Science Field Studies Devon 

Students who take AP Biology or IB Environmental Science will travel by coach to Slapton Ley Kingsbridge, Devon. They will stay in the purpose built field studies centre.  During this trip students will benefit from the expert tuition and will thoroughly enjoy learning about ecosystems whilst being immersed in the environment.

Ecosystems and sampling: Rocky Shore
Students will be encouraged to explore the diversity within an inspiring habitat. They will attempt to classify the organisms found using the hierarchical system of classification and consider the history of classification and taxonomy, and the three-domain vs five kingdom models. Students will use a variety of techniques to assess abundance and distribution of organisms in the rocky shore ecosystem. Students will use standard deviation and students t-test to analyse data collected during the day, and calculate survivorship curves from a population of one species found on the rocky shore.

Changes in ecosystems: Succession on Slapton Sands Shingle Ridge
Students will introduced to the theory of succession and see first-hand how succession progresses in a vegetated shingle ecosystem. Students will investigate the change in plant communities in relation to changes in environmental factors such as wind speed, soil depth, soil moisture and identify adaptations that are common to each community and allow that community to thrive. In the evening, students will use Spearman’s Rank correlation coefficient to test their data for correlations between biotic and abiotic factors on the shingle ridge. Using community data, students will also be able to look at the role of intra and interspecific competition at all stages along the transect.

Energy transfer through ecosystems: Slapton Wood Stream
Students will sample two microhabitats in Slapton Wood Stream, measuring the abundance of different organisms in each. Students will use this data to test if there is association between trophic level and micro-habitat using the chi-squared statistical test. They will also identify specific adaptations and consider how these enable different species to survive in a particular microhabitats.Students will then use their primary data to construct pyramids of number, biomass and energy for the stream ecosystem. They will use these to consider the efficiency of energy transfer.

Dates of Travel

Thursday, 12 September – Sunday, 15 September 2019

Trip Price
GBP 350

To find out more about Environmental Science Field Studies trip, please get in contact with Ms. Alice Tully.

Model United Nations Royal Russell Conference

Model United Nations Royal Russell Conference

The TASIS Model United Nations (MUN) team is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to role play as delegates to the United Nations and participate in simulated committees of the United Nations. The MUN group meets after school and attends Model UN conferences.

The Royal Russell Model United Nations Conference will be a great chance for students to being introduded to some of the most pressing issues impacting our world. At the conference in Croyden, South London, delegates will debate important social and political issues of our time.

Dates of Travel 
Saturday, 19 October -Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Trip Price 
GBP 350

If you would like to join the team, please email Mr. Nathan Hughes to arrange an interview. Places are limited and will be awarded on a merit based system.

Model United Nations Barcelona Conference

Model United Nations Barcelona Conference

The TASIS Model United Nations (MUN) team is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to role play as delegates to the United Nations and participate in simulated committees of the United Nations. The MUN group meets after school and attends Model UN conferences, organized by universities or by UN affiliated organizations. Thousands of high school students from around the world participate in the conferences, which involve substantial research, public speaking, debate, writing skills, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and leadership. These conferences are held in cities around the world, allowing the team to engage in additional educational activities as part of the travel experience.

The BCNMUN Conference in Barcelona will be an exciting chance for students to engage in some of the most pressing issues impacting our world. This year’s theme is "Opening Minds to Transform the World".

Dates of Travel 
Wednesday, 27 November (after school) - Saturday, 30 November 2019 (Thanksgiving Weekend)

Trip Price 
GBP 500

If you would like to join the team, please email Mr. Nathan Hughes to arrange an interview. Places are limited and will be awarded on a merit based system.

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Physics Trip to CERN, Switzerland

Physics Trip to CERN, Switzerland

What are the great questions of contemporary physics? What is the Higgs Boson and what does it tell us about the origins of the universe? What is the role of CERN, its focus and objectives? What are the experiments conducted on its premises?

CERN invites us to discover the mysteries of the Universe and the work of the world's biggest physics laboratory through guided tours and permanent exhibitions. This trip is aimed for TASIS students who study IB and AP Phyisics.

Dates of Travel
Thursday, 16 January 2020 - Saturday, 18 January 2020

Trip Price
GRP 570

To find out more about the Physics trip to CERN, please get in contact with Ms. Eleonora Zadunaiskaja.

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Model United Nations The Hague (THIMUN) Conference

Model United Nations THIMUN Conference, The Hague
 

The TASIS Model United Nations (MUN) team is an extra-curricular activity that allows students to role play as delegates to the United Nations and participate in simulated committees of the United Nations. The MUN group meets after school and attends Model UN conferences, organized by universities or by UN affiliated organizations. Thousands of high school students from around the world participate in the conferences, which involve substantial research, public speaking, debate, writing skills, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and leadership. These conferences are held in cities around the world, allowing the team to engage in additional educational activities as part of the travel experience.

At the end of January, the MUN team, consisting of twelve students, along with MUN directors Mr. Nathan Hughes and Ms. Gerlinde Wimmer, travel to the The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Conference. The students not only represent TASIS England, but serve as models of the potential of their generation to have a truly significant impact on the world around them. 

Students on this trip are also able to visit some historical and cultural sights in the area, such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House, the MC Escher Museum, and the experience included a trip to Delft.  

Dates of Travel
Saturday, 25 January – Friday, 31 January 2020

Trip Price
GBP 1,400

To find out more about MUN, please get in contact with Mr. Nathan Hughes.

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February Ski Trip to Switzerland

February Ski Trip to Switzerland

During the February half term week TASIS England offers a ski trip to Saas Grund and Saas Fee in Switzerland to all Upper School and 8th grade students. 
The trip is organized by VIAMONDE, and accompanied by two TASIS teachers.

The price for the ski trip includes UK transfers, flights, airport to resort transfers, travel and accident insurance, accommodation in multi-bedded rooms, breakfast and dinner in the chalet, hot lunch on the slopes, ski rental including safety helmet, boots and poles, lift pass, skiing instruction and supervised skiing in small groups (1:7), individual assessment of progress and performance, and evening activities. 

Dates of Travel
Saturday, 15 February – Saturday, 22 February 2020 (February Break)

Trip Price
GBP 1,840

Sign-Up Deadline
15 November 2019

Student & Parent & Chaperone Ski Trip Meeting
Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 14.40 - 15.15 (Salon)

If you have any questions regarding February ski trip, please contact Ms. Gerlinde Wimmer, the Educational Visits Coordinator.

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Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) Service Trip

Romanian Children's Relief Service Trips 

Each February break, Ms. Gediman takes Upper School students to BistritaRomania. This is a community service project, and all students will receive CSP hours. The program we work with is called, Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR). It was begun in 1990 by photojournalist, Michael Carroll, and he is still very involved today. It is a small charity that works only in Bucharest and Bistrita. In Romania, all of the staff are Romanians, with a small volunteer support staff in the USA.

We fly from London Luton Airport into Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and have a coach drive us to Bistrita. In Bistrita, we break the students up into small groups each day to visit and work in a different RCR program. The four programs our students take part in are as follows:

  • Working with abandoned babies in the hospital section.
  • Working with abandoned special needs babies and toddlers in the placement centre.
  • Working with Roma children in an afterschool program.
  • Working with Lacrima (a wonderful special needs school) students.

In the evenings, we do different activities. One night, we enjoy a feast of Romanian food, cooked by the staff, and shared with us in a lovely gathering. Another evening, we visit a family that successfully fostered a child and then adopted her (a way of sharing the fact that there are success cases!). We have a celebration dinner at a restaurant in an old hotel with the entire staff of RCR on another night. And on Friday, we invite a group of Roma children and their teacher to come and eat dinner with us in our hotel restaurant after having spent the afternoon swimming with them! We then wrap up the trip on Saturday morning as we make our way to Cluj. The students are given free time at the Iulius Mall to enjoy sharing their experiences of the week together in a leisurely fashion. We then fly home early Sunday morning. 

Dates of Travel
Saturday, 15 February – Sunday, 23 February 2020 (February Break)

Trip Price
GPB 1,349

To learn more about the Romanian Children's Relief Service Trip, please get in contact with Ms. Wendy Gediman.

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Hope & Homes for Children in Romania (HHC) Service Trip

Hope & Homes for Children in Romania (HHC) Service Trip
 

Few things can be as rewarding as helping those who have been dealt far less good fortune than we have. They pay us back for all our efforts with their smiles and love. One week out of our lives can make a difference for many years in theirs. And, believe me, you will return from this trip as a changed person. Quotes from two of our students who went to Romania in 2018 explain why this is an important trip for not only Romanian children but our children too. 

“Though the primary cause of this trip is to bring change to the children and families of Sighetu, the individuals volunteering and serving learn so many valuable life lessons. Every minute that we are able to spend in Romania is a miracle and should never be taken for granted.”

“The first day, I was anxious about how exactly the trip would work and be like, but now I have loved the eye-opening experience.”

In addition to the legacy left behind after our departure, TASIS students have raised funds to finance a Karate program for the children in HHC care in Baia Mare. The most advanced of them has recently brought home a bronze medal from the world championship thanks to our support. In Sighet a talent development program supports children interested and talented in art, football, and karate.

All students participating in HHC service trips are members of the HHC Club and they fundraise throughout the year to contribute to the long term fundraising goals. Over the years we have been able to finance several vehicles for HHC  children’s transport.

Dates of Travel
Saturday, 15 February – Sunday, 23 February 2020 (February Break)

Trip Price 
GPB 1,349

Students who wish to be considered for this trip should contact Dr. Ayse Yavuz Ulker.

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DofE Expeditions

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Expeditions 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme was set up by Prince Philip, to inspire young people to engage in four disciplines of Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition, to encourage them to challenge themselves and enable them to contribute to society. TASIS England offers all three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold, with the expeditions being led by Mr. Matt Holdham, Mr. Juan Garrido, and Ms. Fay Gregory. The students who sign up for Bronze and Silver, undergo either fun but rigorous training during October travel week learning all they need to navigate, using map and compass, camp craft skills, first aid and successfully put up and take down a tent. These skills are also taught during the DofE after-school activity, where students are prepared for their practice expeditions in the Surrey Hills and later their assessed expeditions in Ashdown Forrest (Winnie-the-Pooh country).

Dates of Expeditions
Saturday, 12 October –  Thursday, 17 October 2019 (October Travel Week; optional)
Friday, 27 March – Sunday, 29 March 2020 (Practice Expedition)
Friday, 24 April – Sunday, 26 April 2020 (Assessed Expedition)

Trip Price
GBP £90 – Annual fee to cover the DofE registration fee and the cost of the expeditions.
GBP 770 – October Travel Week; DofE registration fee included

To learn more about the Duke of Edinburgh program please get in contact with Mr. Matt Holdham.

Peru: Service - Culture - Adventure

Peru 2020: Service - Culture - Adventure 

The Peru trip provides TASIS students with a wide variety of enriching experiences. Participants can expect: 

  • cultural immersion by joining the children of Casa del Aguila orphanage in their daily lives
  • sunrise visit to Machu Picchu Citadel
  • breathtaking views while trekking the unique Andean landscapes
  • enigmatic archeological sites to explore and to ponder life in Incan times
  • appreciation of a rich Spanish heritage in the colonial architecture
  • a gastronomic tour and feast for the taste buds

This trip, which has capacity for 10-14 students, is for anyone with a sense of adventure and empathy for other cultures. The trip meets CAS and CSP requirements; Spanish language skills are not required. 

Dates of Travel

Saturday, 4 April – Saturday, 18 April 2020 (Spring Break)

Trip Price
GBP 3,850

Presentation for Parents
Monday, 25 November 2019 at 19.00 in the Salon

Sign-Up Deadline
Tuesday, 10 December 2019

To find out more about the Peru trip, please get in contact with Mrs. Judy Aguais.

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Paris Art & Art History Trip

Paris Art & Art History Trip 

The trip to Paris in the spring is a highlight of the Art and Art History courses, where students are able to engage directly with numerous artworks from their syllabus and explore the city’s vast offerings to the art world. Students explore the rooms of the Italian Renaissance and 19th Century Dutch and Baroque paintings in the Louvre Museum, visit the Brancusi Studio and Pompidou Centre of Modern Art to explore 20th century art. The Rodin Museum and the Musee d’Orsay offer highlights from the 19th Century, alongside an opportunity to explore the Gothic architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Dates of Travel
Wednesday, 22 April – Saturday, 25 April 2020

Trip Price 
GBP 750

To learn more about the Art trip to Paris please get in contact with Ms. Randi Voth.

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TASIS Leadership Academy (TLA) Trip

TASIS Leadership Academy (TLA) Trip 

The TASIS Leadership Academy summer trip is a 12 day experiential learning tour in which students begin to apply the lessons they have been learning in the seminar series in real world settings. The tour typically takes place shortly after the end of the school year in June. From year to year, locations are subject to change, but each tour is carefully designed to provide opportunities to explore Political and Diplomatic Leadership, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Service Leadership. For each pathway, students spend time on tour working on small projects and solving challenges related to leadership and the locations visited. 

The 2020 summer trip will visit an international destination to be determined. Participation in the TASIS Leadership Academy summer trip is conditional upon being selected into the TLA as a 10th grader and participating in the entire 18-month program.

Dates of Travel
Wednesday, 11 June - Monday, 22 June 2020 (Summer Break)

Trip Price
GBP 800

To learn more about the TASIS Leadership Academy and the TLA summer trip, please get in contact with Mr. Dan Ware.

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