Spring Week Without Walls

Your Handy Guide to Meadowridge's Week Without Walls (spring!) Trips

Why do we offer Week Without Walls trips?

The value of extended fields is enormous for a school and its community and in a number of ways.

At Meadowridge, we believe students retain more, and their learning is deeper and richer, when they engage in experiential activities. Viewing constellations through telescopes has a far stronger effect than reading about them in a textbook. Panning for gold and running the water pumps at a gold mine provide a richer experience than a video could. Interacting with life-sized dinosaur bones on an actual dig site creates memories that will last far longer than anything viewed online.


Viewing constellations through telescopes has a far stronger effect than reading about them in a textbook. Panning for gold and running the water pumps at a gold mine provide a richer experience than a video could. Interacting with life-sized dinosaur bones on an actual dig site creates memories that will last far longer than anything viewed online.

There is the opportunity for community and relationship building. Inherent in all of these trips is an opportunity for students to socialize and build friendships. When alumni reflect on their Meadowridge experience, they often mention fields trips and share funny anecdotes that aren't always tied to the curriculum. It is difficult to quantify the bonding that happens between friends on trips like these, but it clearly has long-term benefits.


We are very fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of experiences for all of our learners. However, there are still some opportunities that are only available at a different site. While we could potentially host a great camping adventure on campus, we are not well suited to provide an ocean paddling adventure. Some of the professional theatre experiences or museum artifacts are difficult to replicate on site. These extended trips provide a cost-effective way for our children to have rich, authentic, and meaningful learning opportunities.

History and Development

More than two years ago, a conversation came up at an MYP staff meeting about the regarding two of our longstanding extended field trips: the Grade 10 trip to Barkerville and the Grade 9 trip to Victoria. We discussed the wonderful curricular ties and great opportunities these trips provided for students. Some teachers then inquired about the possibility of running an extended trip for the Grade 8 students, which sparked a conversation among the entire MYP staff.


Actions groups were put together to explore the possibility of a variety of trips at different grade levels. Trips were evaluated on their cost, connection to our curriculum or initiatives, and against our risk management guidelines. Once decisions were made, teachers began booking facilities, transportation, and planning for the trips that we are launching the week of May 29 through to June 2.

Alignment of Trips

We are very fortunate to be able to align our trips with the Diploma Group 4 Science Trip. It means that the entire MYP and DP staff are available to supervise trips and no classes are missed. It also means that our spring sports teams are minimally effected by these trips.

What will our students be up to?


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Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our trips, please ask. You may direct your questions to each of our trip's lead teachers.

Grade 6 Trip to Victoria
Mr. Kevin Kennedy
kevin.kennedy@meadowridge.bc.ca

Grade 7 Trip to Drumheller
Ms. Darcie Hook
darcie.hook@meadowridge.bc.ca

Grade 8 Trip to Langdale
Mr. Nick Jackson
nicholas.jackson@meadowridge.bc.ca

Grade 9 Trip to Victoria
Ms. Deepti Rajeev
deepti.rajeev@meadowridge.bc.ca

Grade 10 Trip to Barkerville
Ms. Jennifer Higginson
jennifer.higginson@meadowridge.bc.ca