Students broaden horizons on Puerto Rico trip

POSTED: 01/27/12 2:35 PM

The 15 students in year two of the international baccalaureate diploma program at St. Dominic High and three teachers who went to Puerto Rico recently posed at the airport just before their departure on January 18.

St. Maarten – Fifteen students in year two of the international baccalaureate diploma program at St. Dominic High and three teachers returned from a six day trip to Puerto Rico recently. The trip, which was part of the school’s international program, was meant to expand the student’s international perspective and facilitate personal growth and intercultural understanding.
The trip was initially only for the business and management students using money they raised from running the school’s canteen. Later they decided to expand the trip to include the remainder of their peers.

One day of the trip was dedicated to creative, active and service activities, which students are required to complete in order to graduate. Students chose to fulfil the requirement by cleaning of a local YWCA. Students and teachers worked together to clear away brush and debris from the building’s exterior scrubbed tables and chairs and performed necessary maintenance on the organization’s computers.

The biology students used part of the trip to conduct a forest-themed investigation at the El Yunque national park as part of an internal assessment that will count for a percentage of their final grade. The data the students proved very useful and a representative of the forest supervisor requested a copy of the information so she could update the records of the national park.

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