Grade 10 Pilgrimage Expedition
The Grade 10 Kumano Kodo pilgrimage expedition, developed together with outdoor education partner, Canyons, extends student’s skills and knowledge of expeditions, cultural understanding and leadership, facilitating inquiry into the statement: Living and learning in communities requires a shared understanding of leadership. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage is a unique and rigorous hiking and camping journey that includes rich Japanese history and cultural experiences as well as a chance to discover a deep connection with wilderness. The Kumano Kodo is a UNESCO World Heritage Sacred Site that includes the Kumano Hongu Taisha, a head shrine of more than 3000 shrines in Japan. Students spend 4 nights in tents, camping and cooking on stoves and navigating their way through the trails with indirect support from staff. The possibility of snow adds to the atmosphere and challenge in the month of April as the students delve deep into the collaborative task of relying on others and themselves in a unique wilderness setting. The final night is spent in lodge style accommodation allowing students to reflect on their learning after spending this last day of their pilgrimage at the stunning Nachi Taisha temple, celebrating in ceremony and enjoying one of the most significant waterfalls in Japan - Nachino Taki. Students will travel to and from the Katsura area by Shinkansen and local train.
Note: The cost of this expedition is covered in the school tuition.