Read about the highlights from this year's Breakaway trips.
Grade 7 Breakaway
The Grade 7 students spent their breakaway at Kilcoo Camp where all students came together through team building exercises and group activities. High ropes, low ropes, kayaking, canoeing, archery and watercolour painting gave the students great experiences and a taste of camp life. As always, the crazy hat dance and the diving tower were highlights of the trip.
Grade 8 Breakaway
The Grade 8 adventurers enjoyed three days of perfect weather at Camp Wanakita. Students tried to: navigate the camp in orienteering sessions, stay dry (or not) in kayaks, become the next Iron Chef, and climb an imposing rock wall. Evening camp fires and socials helped set the tone for a wonderful year ahead.
This year’s Grade 11 itinerary was altered to appeal to the widest possible spectrum of academic interests. The first stop was for enthusiasts of the American Civil War. Gettysburg was the pivotal battle in that conflict, and HTS toured the battlefield and for the first time visited “Devil’s Den,” the site of a particularly bloody skirmish in the war. As always, students also listened to and met Abraham Lincoln.
The following three days were in Washington, where students toured the Capitol building, the exterior of the White House and visited the major monuments of the city during a night tour. The eight Smithsonian Museums on the mall are always the highlight of the trip as students are allowed to choose and tour the museums of their choice. All students toured and were moved by the exhibits of the Holocaust Museum and the grandeur of the National Cathedral. The students represented the school and their country exceptionally well, for every tour guide made a point of telling the teachers how impressed they were with HTS students.
This year's Grade 12 Breakaway trip to Boston was a resounding success. Over five days, our graduating class had opportunities to bond, explore the history of the events which led to the American War of Independence, examine the restorative and educational work of the New England Aquarium, immerse themselves in the John F. Kennedy library and museum, visit both Harvard and Northeastern universities, take in the atmosphere of the oldest active Major League Baseball stadium at Fenway, as well as receive directed instruction about their university application process from Ms Tracy Howard, Director of Student Success.
The class of 2017 represented HTS well. Each student found several elements of this trip appealing and overall, this time together has laid the foundation of a great year to come.