Semester Term 3
Mid February–Late March
Transform your body and mind as you embark on an adventure of a lifetime abroad in Bali, Australia and New Zealand. Travel to Queenstown, Milford Sound, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Sunshine Coast,Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Tablelands and Bali, where you’ll scuba dive, surf, play beach volleyball, and practice yoga, as you earn high school credits
|Three Course Program
+ Active Living Leadership
Mathematics of Data Management
English—choice of 3 options
9:1 Student to Staff Ratio
Students complete two mandatory courses and choose one elective.
|Recreation + Healthy Active Living Leadership|
|FIRST COURSE OPTION 1|
|This course is dedicated to exploring the benefits of lifelong participation in active recreation and healthy leisure and to develop the leadership and coordinating skills needed to plan, organize, and safely implement recreational events and other activities related to healthy, active living. Students will also learn how to promote the benefits of healthy, active living to others through mentoring and assisting them in making informed decisions that enhance their well-being. The course will help to prepare students for university programs in physical education and health and kinesiology, and for college and university programs in recreation and leisure management, fitness and health promotion, and fitness leadership. Participation and development are the basis and most important components of this course.|
|FIRST COURSE OPTION 2|
|This course explores the influence of human dimensions in a variety of applications. Students examine the historical and environmental contexts that define the relationship between humanity and its environment. The course framework relies heavily on hands-on activities and exercises utilizing the human form in context, and case study applications designed to enhance practical and critical analysis. /td>|
|This course explores how we acquire cultural identity; how groups maintain a sense of self; and how cultures are transformed over time. Japan allows students to investigate a culture fundamentally different than their own. As they compare the Japanese spiritual beliefs, art forms, and philosophy with their own, students gain a richer perspective while developing their skills of research and analysis.|
|This course extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. This course is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.|
|Mathematics of Data Management|
|This course broadens students' understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; apply counting techniques, probability, and statistics in modelling and solving problems; and carry out a data management investigation that integrates the expectations of the course and encourages perseverance and independence. Students planning to pursue university programs in business, the social sciences, or the humanities will find this course of particular interest.|
|11+12||ENG3U + ENG4U|
|The core English course focuses on the refinement of literacy, communication and analytical skills. Students build on their understanding of academic language and practice using it confidently in discussion and argumentation both in oral and written forms.|
|Studies in Literature|
|This course is intended for students who are passionate about literature. Students analyze a range of literary forms including drama, the novel, and poetry, responding personally, critically, and creatively to each.|
|This course is designed for students who have attained a high level of proficiency in their writing skills and wish to focus on cultivating their creative writing talents by participating in prose, poetry, and drama-writing master classes.|
Preparation and Coursework
Days 1-10Our ten day, online session is designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates and to help prepare students for their term abroad. Students have access to the course website, where reading lists will be posted, and are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto
Days 11–13Our journey to New Zealand, Australia, and Bali commence in Toronto where teachers and students get to know one another and settle into the rhythm of the program. There, we conduct activities and complete foundational course material before setting off for New Zealand. All of our preparation allows us to hit the ground running and dive straight into the adventure that awaits.
If ever there was an epic destination to explore, New Zealand is it, with its world-class surfing, marathon hiking, and stunning mountain ranges—it is little wonder it served as the all-natural set for the Lord of the Rings films. Our grand adventure begins on the South Island, where students participate in team-building as they whitewater raft in one of the region’s winding rivers before relaxing in a natural hot spring. In Queenstown, the students are introduced to their morning workouts and academic routines. Students consider the importance of Maori culture to the development of New Zealand through our first literary discussion of Witi Ihimaera’s The Whale Rider. Queenstown acts as a jumping off point for students to explore everything New Zealand has to offer, from hiking to engaging with local Māori leaders in Marae. Students also have the chance to dine on Hāngi, a traditional Māori feast cooked on heated rocks in a buried pit oven, and to ascend Cemetery Hill for a spectacular view of Ben Lomond and Lake Wakatipu.
Milford Sound and Fox Glacier
Days 17–25In Milford Sound, students embark on an otherworldly trek through Fiordland National Park, where the beautiful becomes the sublime. While hiking through the lush rainforests along the coast, students have the opportunity to witness dolphins, penguins, and seals in their natural habitat. From the sound, students travel to Fox Glacier where the outdoor adventure continues on its incredible natural ice formations fed by four alpine glaciers. Here, students develop their skills of descriptive writing and poetry, while storyboarding and gathering footage for their major media project in their English course.
Days 25–30From New Zealand, we travel to our first Australian destination, Sydney, where students are immersed in one of the world’s most active cities. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains and golden beaches, students hit the ground running, utilizing the upscale harbourfront district as their home base. Here, our Physical Education program focuses on maintaining balanced health through presentations on diet, exercise, and mindfulness while our evenings are spent delving into our elective courses, whether they are Engish or math. Beach volleyball tournaments, surfing lessons, and Ultimate Frisbee games on the white sand of Bondi and Manley Beaches fill our days, while sunset views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge reveal why Sydney is such an iconic city.
Days 30–33Before boarding a flight to Queensland, students enjoy an unforgettable three-day trek through the eucalyptus forests of the Blue Mountains. A UNESCO World Heritage area, the mountains connect body and mind as we hike rugged mountain terrain, cross rivers, and share campfire dinners – with an ever-eager eye looking out for koalas and kangaroos! As we pass the sacred aboriginal site, The Three Sisters, and through the blue haze of Jamieson Valley, we take advantage of this ideal location to discuss indigenous rights and reconciliation.
Days 33–39Travelling south along the eastern coast of Queensland, we visit the Sunshine Coast of Australia where our central text takes centre stage academically as we develop our skills of forming a narrative voice. With places like Surfer’s Paradise and Mermaid’s Beach, it is little wonder this remains one of the most beautiful regions in the country. In addition to the endless white sand beaches, the Sunshine Coast is also home to national parks, universities, and award-winning international cuisine. Students have an opportunity to dolphin watch in Alexandria Bay and hike along the spectacular boardwalks of Noosa National Park. Packed with easygoing cafes along the water, the Sunshine Coast is also the perfect location for students to share master-class workshops with their teachers on essay writing and thesis development.
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef
Days 39–44In Cairns, everything switches gear as our days are spent focusing on academic writing and the development of effective argumentation, while afternoons are spent boulder climbing, playing handball, or diving for volleyballs along the city’s Esplanade Lagoon. Family dinners at the public barbecues or group meals in our cozy apartments complete our days in Cairns before we make our way to one of the world’s most spectacular regions—the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling or scuba-diving among the clownfish, sea turtles, and the formations of the reef itself make for memories no one will ever forget. Two nights aboard our vessel with the friendliest, and most knowledgeable staff allow us just the right amount of time at the world’s largest coral reef.
Yungaburra and the Tablelands
Days 44–49Back on land, students ascend to the tropical heights of the Atherton Tablelands along the north-east coast of Queensland. An adventurer’s paradise, we canoe local lakes, visit stunning waterfalls, and hike through a rainforest. Aside from the funky cafes of Yungaburra and the local platypuses, our cozy accommodations offer the best of Australian hospitality and a calm and quiet abode to complete activities and assignments.
Days 49–55Flying from Cairns to what seems like paradise—Bali—students decompress from their epic journey through New Zealand and Australia. They immerse themselves in the energy of Sanur that is deeply connected to the joyous spirit of this island and its smiling inhabitants. Residing in Sanur, an economy driven almost entirely by its visitors, students examine the far-reaching effects of tourism and globalization as they begin preparations for their Independent Study Units. Our days are spent exploring the island teeming with kingfishers, wild orchids, and monkeys, while our evenings are spent engaging in BookChats of Colin McPhee’s A House in Bali over bowls of fresh curry and grilled seafood.
Days 55–60From Sansur, we travel northeast to the nearby city of Ubud, where our attention turns to final exam preparation in between visits to the Tegallalang rice terraces, Monkey Forest, and the Goa Gajah ‘Elephant Cave.’ What a way to finish high school! Here, students write final exams and celebrate their journey as they conclude their adventure through Oceania. On the last evening together, students reminisce over dinner and a final podcast performance before packing up for their long flight home.
Departure from Bali (Day 60)
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*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.
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*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.