Published : Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 2:20 PM
Spring break is traditionally a time for relaxing and unwinding after the mid-semester crunch. At Immaculate Heart High School, however, spring break is also a time to keep learning – this time outside of the classroom.
Three IH student groups went on educational trips over their recent spring break. One group visited Catalina Island and conducted field studies there; another toured colleges and landmarks in the Mid-Atlantic region; and yet a third group of student travelers journeyed all the way to France to learn more about French culture and to practice their language skills.
Among these “Pandas Explore” trips, the Catalina Island experience is a longstanding Immaculate Heart tradition. Science teacher Stacie Miller has led student groups there for 10 years. During their three-day, two-night stay, students studied local flora and fauna and learned about the island’s ecosystems. Their enriching activities included daytime and nighttime hikes and snorkeling, a closer look at tide pools, and the opportunity to clear out some of the island’s invasive plants.
Meanwhile, other IH students got to experience Mid-Atlantic life as they explored colleges in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. The students, accompanied by IH counselors April Salazar and Alessandra Molina, toured several prestigious institutions, including Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. In addition to seeing colleges, the students also took the time to visit local landmarks, like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the recently-installed statue of the Fearless Girl on Wall Street in New York City.
For another group of IH students, the East Coast wasn’t far enough for their Spring Break travels! Accompanied by French teacher Sophie Fung and art history teacher Al Grindon, these students flew to France to experience French culture and language firsthand. The students started off their trip in Paris, and saw many of its famous sights, including Notre Dame de Paris and the Eiffel Tower. They then traveled by high-speed train to Marseilles, where they visited the old harbor and Notre Dame de la Garde. They finished their trip in the nearby city of Aix-en-Provence, where the girls all enjoyed the scenic streets and lovely weather.
Each of these trips gave students the opportunity to broaden their horizons and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Though they have now returned to their normal life of school and homework, they carry the memories they created and the experiences they shared while traveling.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country. http://www.immaculateheart.org/