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Transformative education

The strategic vision at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is committed to providing a transformative education —  an educational program that explicitly addresses analytical skills, exposes students to diverse experiences, and encourages meaningful and regular reflection on their learning. Through transformative education students develop lifelong interests and a deeper understanding of the contributions they can make to the world.

LCIS has been dedicated to providing transformative experiences to all students. During the past month, students in fifth through ninth grades have been involved in many transformative field trip experiences.

Fifth grade students stayed overnight at The Island School in Eleuthera to complement their studies on renewable energy, sustainability and their Caribbean geography unit. For their renewable energy unit, students learned how the Island School uses bio-diesel to fuel their cars, trucks and generator by recycling used vegetable oil and methanol, which burns 95 percent cleaner than regular diesel. For their unit on sustainability, students learned about creating compost by collecting and sorting scraps leftover from their meals. They also learned that The Bahamas is made up of limestone due to the shallow Bahama shelf on which the islands sit. Ooids are small round grains of calcium carbonate that have created some of the Bahamian cays and are only found in a couple of places in the world. The students also learned about energy conservation, ensuring that lights are only switched on when needed.

Sixth grade students, their teacher and 11 brave fathers ventured off to Andros for a weekend of exploring the wetlands. The students explored different types of wetlands including an estuary, a creek, blue holes, a coral reef and a coastal wetland. They became real scientists as they dissected calcified algae to discover many small species in and among the branches. Even the dads got involved in the fun science quizzes and dissections. It was a very eco-friendly weekend at Forfar Field station in Central Andros.

A lofty lighthouse, spectacular views, and underwater life were just a few of the exciting experiences on the San Salvador field trip. Seventh grade students embarked on an adventure to the Gerace Field Study Center on San Salvador. Prior to their trip, students learned fish and coral identification as part of their living things unit. Students tested these skills in a fun, house competition. On San Salvador they worked in groups to complete tasks about rocky and sandy shores, sharpening their observation, measuring, classification, and communication skills. As part of their English curriculum, they are developing their comparative writing skills. While on their trip, they compared descriptive observations of the island as a whole as well as sandy and rocky shores. Upon their return, their observations were linked to a writing assignment in English class.

Eighth grade students were the third secondary school group to travel to The Island School this year as part of the one world aspect of the MYP science curriculum. Having studied ocean currents, the students focused their attention on the issue of plastics in the ocean. Over the course of the three-day, two-night trip, students had lots of fun, including a pre-breakfast run followed by cliff jumping, lionfish dissection, snorkeling, and a campfire and s’mores evening.

LCIS is currently hosting a group of students from St. Matthew School in Ottawa, Canada. In February LCIS’ ninth grade students visited Ottawa, experiencing every winter sport imaginable, including skiing, skating, snowshoeing and even curling. Now their Canadian counterparts are experiencing Bahamian culture, ocean adventures and warm sunshine.

While in The Bahamas, the Canadian students will visit forts, Blue Lagoon, Dolphin Encounters and the Atlantis Waterpark. They will be taken on a boat trip to Rose Island by a LCIS family and experience Junkanoo at Educulture. They will finish the week off by taking the Tru Bahamian Walking Food Tour in downtown Nassau and visit the Straw Market. This is the second time LCIS has hosted the Canadian school.

These trips are examples of just one month at LCIS. Everyday teachers work hard to provide transformative experiences both on and off the LCIS campus as LCIS students move to becoming critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

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