Each year, the Secondary School provides an intensive Activity Week (usually the second or third week in September) for each grade from 6 through 12.
Activity week for Grade 6 consists of exploring new MYP key concepts and skills in the stunning surroundings of Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region. Activities such as walking through ice caves, salt mines and a hike around the Gosausee will be reflected upon with concepts and skills such as communication, relationships, systems and self-management in mind. Of course the resulting development of relationships between all participants, learners and teachers alike is recognised as important to facilitate success in all areas of the Grade 6 Curriculum.
Grade 7 Activities Week revolves around the idea of the impact of the environment on all our lives. We shall be active each day in the Vienna area undertaking day trips, visiting caves in Gumpoldskirchen, canoeing in the Donau-Auen, experiencing a Bio-farm, undertaking a Wandertag at Bisamberg and studying different environments at Schonbrunn Zoo.
The aim of 'I Create' is for our Grade 8 students to gain an intensive insight into creative work processes. They will have the opportunity to develop their critical, creative and reflective thinking skills in exciting and engaging workshops. Fifteen artists will lead the workshops in: stop motion movies, photography, contemporary dance, musical theatre, leather work, costume making, outdoor crafts and survival skills.
The Grade 9 students will be exchanging our VIS classrooms for the beautiful landscape of Styria near the town of Murau and the Jugendsportzentrum Frauenalpe. During the week students will be working in homeroom groups developing important skills such as, leadership, cooperation, teamwork and problem solving. Highly skilled trainers from the outdoor education group Freiraum will be supporting the students.
Grade 10 students will enjoy a wealth of enriching academic, social and cultural activities; the aim is to enhance their learning experience (Learning Performance and Research Skills workshops), help them achieve their potential in Grade 10 and in the future (Interquest Testing, Personal Project) and broaden their cultural awareness (National Library and museum visits). Team-building activities and a Wandertag have also been scheduled in to reinforce the cohesion and togetherness in our grade.
An important part of the Grade 11 activity week will involve building the confidence of the students and helping them to feel fully prepared for their future studies. We will focus on the two years ahead and the IB programme. They will be informed about the programme they are beginning and the requirements involved (eg: Academic Honesty, Extended Essay and CAS). They will tour the Veterinary Medicine Scientific University to have a taste of university life, while attending workshops and lectures there. Workshops will be delivered by local experts, including 'Learning Performance', an experienced British educational agency. While many of the workshops involve helping students to understand themselves as learners and develop new techniques, a big emphasis will be placed on maintaining a balanced life in order to achieve success. Students will attend a careers presentation and will participate in a standardised test. This test will benefit our understanding of their progress. Enjoyable classes in sports, self-defense, yoga, mindfulness, relaxation and stress relief will also be offered. We will also go walking and we will have a barbecue party where students are welcome to perform and enjoy a relaxing time together while getting to know each other and bonding as a grade.
Students will be involved in a series of workshops and meetings that cover important topics designed to help them through their final year at school and their years at university. Some of the workshops will be given by outside agencies, which are highly skilled in working with young adults and some meetings will be facilitated by our faculty members. For some of the time we will be working in the lecture rooms of the Veterinary University, which is close to school so the students will get a taste of university life. They will also have the opportunity to be with their Homeroom Teacher at an individual lunch and cultural event. On Thursday of Activity Week the students will have the opportunity to work at home on their Extended Essays; at 2pm the students MUST come into school and hand in a hard copy of the final draft of their essay. This is an important deadline that you should be aware of. There will be a BBQ and music event on Thursday to celebrate the handing in of the essay and to enhance our sense of being a team. Students must return to the program on Friday when very important sessions will be held. This will be an exciting school week for the students, where full attendance is, as usual, mandatory.