The purpose of Morrison Academy Taichung High School’s experiential learning program is to engage every student in a meaningful, educational, hands-on experience outside of the traditional walls of a classroom. These experiences ask of our students to ENGAGE in different aspects of life: in their environment, in their relationships, in their communities, and in their own passions through challenging physical, emotional, social and intellectual activities. These experiences enhance our school’s VFOL’s (Vision For Our Learners) and lead students to a greater awareness of the world around them, their place in it, and God’s call/challenge for them.
Week Without Walls is the culmination of our Engage Program. MAC is seeking to inspire and encourage students in their journey beyond knowledge to wisdom. Each year of the high school programs has a developmentally appropriate theme that is designed to challenge and motivate our students. Engage Program activities are required for all MAC students.
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Engage In Your Environment: Biology Trip
- To grow in maturity and class unity
- To observe unique ecosystems
- To experience Taiwan’s diverse environment
As part of their Ecology Unit, Morrison’s 9th grade Biology students will have the opportunity to travel to South Taiwan to explore several of Taiwan’s aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They will snorkel in a coral reef area, and participate in several tours at the National Museum of Marine Biology Aquarium (NMMBA) – spending one night in the Penguin Exhibit area. They will also explore forest environments, caves, and view multiple species of plant-life in the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area (KNFRA). The group will visit a Hengchun marsh area frequented by many migratory birds, as well as study the unique vegetation at a wind-swept ocean cliff environment. On the last day of the trip students will enjoy a boat tour of a Tainan estuary ecosystem. Throughout the week students will not only be careful to not harm the environment but will also seek to leave it in better condition than when they arrived.
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Engage In Your Relationships: Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor Adventure Challenge Goals:
- To more clearly and firmly establish identity and purpose in life
- To accomplish physical and emotional challenges that will build personal character
- To rely on the help of God and of peers in accomplishing difficult goals
- To grow in leadership ability
- To develop interpersonal skills
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Engage In Your Communities: Missions and Service Trips
- To cultivate a service-centered heart and mind
- To serve the broader community as well as the local community
- To foster feelings of responsibility in solving problems in a community
- To positively influence others through Christian service and mission
Every year Juniors are given the privilege to participate in service and mission teams in Southeast Asia and develop servant leadership through this experience. In collaboration with the trips, your son or daughter will be enrolled in the Servant Leadership and Missions course.
On each trip, our student teams will be working with established, local missionaries and organizations and under the supervision of school staff. Each trip will involve communicating the message of Jesus through acts of service and/or spoken words.
We really look forward to helping your student grow in their knowledge and passion for missions and getting to experience missions work alongside them over the next several months of preparation and service.
Here is a brief overview of the locations and ministry opportunities that we are going to be participating with.
Trip focus: Partnering with On the Rock Ministries to minister to impoverished families on Boracay and especially the Ati tribe on Panay island. We plan to help with construction and possibly typhoon relief.
We have a wonderful and unique opportunity to partner with Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines. We will link up with their student team to do outreach in Northern Mindoro in a region called Calapan. We will be serving the Mangyan Tribal children and their school through educational and ministry activities, including puppets, storytelling, music, and games. The final part of our time in the Philippines will be serving through community development efforts of a partner ministry in Manila.
Trip focus: Serve with Taiwan Sunshine (Uwe Maurer) and partner ministries, such as Galilee Family Foundation, to help their ministry to families with children with learning needs. Our students will be helping to run an English Camp, a Sports Camp, as well as other needs that arise.
Chiang Mai (Thailand):
Trip focus: Serve with Connie’s Home, an orphanage dedicated to serving children with developmental delays or health issues. Our students will be helping with activities around the home, caring for the children, providing much needed breaks for staff members, as well as assisting with construction and maintenance projects on the grounds.
Trip focus: Serve with IpohBUG, an organization dedicated to serving children and young people through athletics and sport. Our students will be leading activities and programs in the Ipoh community, as well a partnering with a local church that serves a diverse ethnic community.
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Engage in Your Future
- To engage in your interests
- To further cultivate leadership skills and mentorship abilities
- To begin to transition from high school to university
- To experience working and communicating in the real world
- To explore a personal vision on how, through college and career, one might have a positive impact on the world for Christ
We have 5 main Options for Seniors to choose from:
1. Senior Leader accompanying on Servant Leadership and Mission’s Trip, Biology Trip, or Outdoor Adventure.
2. You can develop your own culture or learning trip with friends. Plan and present your proposal to Mrs. Freeman and Mr. Bradburn for approval.
3. Externships: You can develop based on your interests and future plans, Mr. Hsu will help to oversee your externship. Externship Application Form
4. Capstone Project: If you are already in the Capstone Program you can use this week to further work on your Capstone Project as approved by Mrs. Chase
5. Workshops: We will provide workshops during our Week Without Walls for any Seniors interested.