Surians Snorkel and More in Pangkor
A truly holistic education involves expanding students’ horizons through dedicated school excursions to places of interests that offer richness in history, culture and natural beauty. Such annual school trips to various destinations are woven into the very fabric of R.E.A.L education and what it stands for. The latest year-end trips to be organized by R.E.A.L Schools were to Pangkor and Penang islands.
The first of the two to take place was a three-day trip to Pulau Pangkor in October, which involved 24 students and three teachers from Sekolah Seri Suria or R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus. A host of fun activities and friendly competitions were lined up over the course of the three days. Day one saw an exciting outdoor telematch taking place at the resort. The heat of excitement and sheer competitiveness of the event cooled down later that evening as the students set up a campfire and sat around together talking and sharing a good laugh before calling it a day.
The itinerary continued the next day with a fun snorkeling session, followed by visits to historical spots around the island such as Kota Belanda and Mini Tembok Besar Cina. The group then headed back to the resort for relaxing beach activities and a sumptuous barbecue dinner. The trip concluded with the Surian party heading back to the mainland to visit the famous Menara Condong in Teluk Intan and other historical buildings before travelling back to school.
Cahayans End Year with a Bang in Penang
The following month saw R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus organizing its very own year-end school trip to Penang. A total of 20 students and three teachers visited the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ in November which was aimed at teaching students about the rich flora and fauna in our country and to build better bonds amongst teachers and students. During this trip, students had the chance to visit Kok Lek Si, one of Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist temples. Things then turned upside down, literally, for the group as they dropped by the Upside Down Museum for truly a unique experience as everything exhibited there was arranged, well, upside down!
The tour continued the next day with a visit to Tropical Spice Garden; one of Malaysia’s premier, award-winning eco-tourism destinations where the students got a first-hand view of indigenous flora and fauna which increased their appreciation towards Mother Nature. The highlight of the trip however, was going up Penang Hill and experiencing its latest attraction – a ‘mock’ tsunami, typhoon and earthquake that featured thrilling special effects such as strong winds, heavy rain, shaking platforms and even things rolling on the floor! It was truly a one-of-a-kind experience that stirred up both excitement and fear.
All in all, both R.E.A.L Schools trips were successful in espousing the active learning philosophy while providing fun and memorable experiences to students. Such experiential learning efforts play a key role in equipping students with useful practical knowledge and social skills that will last them a lifetime. Extracurricular excursions beyond books and classrooms such as these go a long way in broadening students’ worldview and perception, adding to their maturity and growth as a result.