Cross country skiing and reenacting Gettysburg are Saint George’s traditions
iddle School students learn while doing. They learn what it means to serve while on lunch duty with their advisory or singing at a retirement home. They develop their leadership skills in their tent groups on field trips and while preparing for a water gun battle for history. They try new activities - biking, archery, cross-country skiing, and fishing - while on class field trips. These trips are a crucial facet of the curriculum, teaching students that their reach can exceed their grasp, and that success is often the progeny of failure and tenacity. Away from the classroom, students open up to new skills and new friends. They get to take appropriate risks, while developing a caring, open-minded appreciation for themselves, Spokane, the world, and all its inhabitants.
Plus, each grade takes an extended trip to explore a part of the Northwest, giving students hands-on experiences that bring their studies alive. Sixth graders complete coursework on Native American cultures and the biology of salmon with a visit to the Nez Perce reservation and tours of two fish hatcheries. The seventh graders learn team-building skills on a three-day retreat in the Eastern Washington woods that combines eco-games, challenge activities, and fly fishing.
But one of the classic Saint George’s traditions, now over 30 years old, is the eighth grade Coast Trip. Students on this five-day camping excursion near Port Angeles explore tide pool biology, the rain forest ecosystem, and World War II shore defenses while reflecting on their growth in Middle School and looking ahead to the Upper School.
All of these trips encourage new friendships, deeper understanding and shared experiences that add to the quality of their classroom learning.