Branksome Exchange Program
Each October the entire Grade 9 class embarks on a 3-week learning experience to our sister school Branksome Hall, in Toronto, Canada. The exchange focuses on authentic student leadership activities and broadens students’ global perspectives. Our students participate in all facets of Canadian school life and culture. Our girls work side-by-side with their Canadian sisters in collaboration to apply an integrative thinking model to solve real-world problems and take part in a leadership camp. They also visit university campuses and meet with Alumnae to learn, first-hand, about their experiences in university. In February, the entire Grade 9 class from Branksome Hall, in Toronto, Canada, travels to our campus on Jeju to collaborate on a wind-turbine design project. Our girls’ worldviews are transformed through this cultural exchange.
- Interdisciplinary Unit Workshops
- Branksome Hall Asia Alumni Panel
- Mathematics and Computing Workshop
- Camp ALIVE
Branksome Hall Asia (BHA) students were back at school in Toronto at Branksome Hall Canada (BHC) on Monday, October 7th. The day started with breakfast and an open session where the girls were reunited with their buddies from BHC. They attended an assembly and then promptly went into our Interdisciplinary Unit (I.D.U.) workshops. One of the workshops was about researching the diversity within Toronto and both the contributions and the challenges that various different cultural communities have faced.
Day 2 saw our students visiting the University of Toronto in the morning and, despite some rain, students were able to visit the St. George campus and get a taste of what life might be like if they went to University in Canada. Students were also able to visit the University of Toronto bookstore and many of our students came away with some nice souvenirs from their visit. In the afternoon, three of our Branksome Hall Asia graduates came to speak to our students about their journey from Jeju Island to studying in the heart of Toronto. The alumnae spoke of their personal experiences adapting to life in Canada and how life at BHA helped prepare them for studying at University. Grade 9 students also had a chance for some questions and answers, which brought up many insightful questions as they continue to reflect on the question of our camp... “Who am I" plus who they want to be. In the evening, students began making final preparations and packing as we get ready for our visit to Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Branksome Hall Asia Grade 9 students visited the University of Waterloo and participated in a Centre for Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) Math workshop. Students were given Mathematical challenges similar to the University of Waterloo Mathematics competitions that our students can participate in annually. Professor Judith Koeller also spoke to students about real life application of Mathematics and what it is like to study as an undergraduate student in Mathematics.
Camp Arowhon, in Algonquin Provincial Park, is a perfect setting for students to challenge themselves and find the answer to the question "Who Am I". Students spent the week trying new things including: Canoeing, Team Building, High Ropes, 'Rewilding' or reconnecting with nature, campfires, polar dips (morning swims) and of course the overnight canoe trip into tenting beside the lake on a very cold night. While in these beautiful surrounds, students also attended workshops on 'setting intensions for camp,' finding their personal strengths and also on self-esteem.