Wellington upper school students began the new school year leaving campus for a few days of bonding and community building. Whether travelling to a large city on the East Coast or spending time in the great outdoors of Ohio, upper schoolers got to know themselves and each other beyond the walls of Wellington.
On the first day of school, 11th graders left for Philadelphia where they visited Philadelphia Independence National Historic park, Graff House, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, Franklin Court, the home of Betsy Ross, and the Independence Seaport Museum. The following day, the class broke into small groups to investigate essential questions about topics such as performing arts, government/history, food, athletics, outdoor activities, music, and science. Students went to museums, colleges, businesses, and other organizations to interview people about their specific subject area.
Tenth graders explored downtown Columbus for two days during a community building activity of their own. Students worked in small groups to interview local business owners, leaders in government, and representatives from nonprofit organizations about their work and goals. At Recreation Unlimited in Delaware, 9th graders spent time in nature as they learned more about their classmates and what to expect from upper school. The class discussed how best to respect each other and create a safe community for everyone to succeed.
After a summer away from each other, students were excited to be back together again as well as meet new classmates and teachers. Setting the standard for the year ahead, the class trips inspired and energized upper schoolers for their next great adventure at Wellington.