Grade 11 Pilgrimage Expedition
The grade 11 Kumano Kodo Hiking Expedition, developed together with outdoor education partner, Canyons, further extends students' skills and knowledge of expeditions, cultural understanding and leadership, facilitating inquiry into the statement: Embracing independence and working with others develops our understanding of the world around us and who we are. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage is a unique and rigorous lightweight 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 mountain Koyasan. Students start their pilgrimage with a traditional cleansing ceremony at a buddhist temple before they set foot on the spiritual trail. After the first night's accommodation at the temple, the students spend the next two evenings camping in tents and cooking on stoves after 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 March 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 before spending the last day of their pilgrimage at a shrine, celebrating in ceremony. Students will travel to and from the Koyasan area by Shinkansen and local train.
Note: The cost of this expedition is covered in the school tuition.