CAS trip to the Island of Bintan – Indonesia
Being kind to others is being kind to yourself. Inculcating kindness and gratitude from an early age in a child will help shape their personality as a better person. Teaching children ways to treat things with care helps them develop the understanding of how one feels when treated with kindness. Oakridge, being one of the top International Schools in Hyderabad, encourage its students to develop good habits by conducting various CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service). They come out of their comfort zone and work on things according to their own understanding, which helps develop their leadership qualities.
A group of 17 Oak Explorers set out earlier this month on a 5 day CAS trip to the rustic pirate island of Bintan in Indonesia. The journey was full of adventure and some calculated risk owing to the recent Tsunami, Earthquake, and Volcano triple disaster that had hit the country.
But students were highly motivated to undertake the construction of a UNESCO approved Safe Water Garden Project for a local village family towards the vision of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 of providing access to safe clean drinking water and sanitation to the underprivileged.
The immersive learning experience was enjoyed by the students who learnt the value of planning, collaboration, design, time-management, resilience, creative and critical thinking and communication and above all compassion.
Students also undertook a journey of self-discovery as they grappled with the concept of minimalistic and sustainable living at the award-winning Ecotourism Loola Resort.
Other activities like the marine walk to the mangrove island brought them closer to natural biodiversity and the human impacts on key and endangered ecosystems in the tropical biome.
Engaging physical activities such as rock-climbing, zip-lining, table-tennis, soccer, basketball, archery, coconut tree climbing, and skywalk added an element of fun and spirit of friendly competition.
Students had a lifetime experience!