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Welcome to Middle School China Trips 2017 Website

 

CHINA TRIPS OVERVIEW

Grade 6

Students in Grade 6 travel to Nanbeihu. This is around a three hour bus ride south east of Shanghai. The theme of this trip is "Who are we?" which focuses on friendship and self discovery through new and challenging activities. 

Trip Leader: Mr. Joel Sutton, jsutton@scis-china.org

 

Grade 7

Students in Grade 7 travel to Yangshuo. This region is home to the beautiful scenery found in the picture on the back of the 20 yuan bill.  The theme of this trip is "Why are we here?" as students understand and experience themselves, their environment, and how they can affect change.  Trip Leader: Mr. Adam Duchac, aduchac@scis-china.org

 

Grade 8

Students in Grade 8 travel to Sanya on the Chinese Island of Hainan.  The theme of this trip is "How do we care?" as this trip has the greatest focus on leadership and giving back to the community through service. 

Trip Leader: Mr. Fursey Gotuaco, fgotuaco@scis-china.org

 

 

Packing Lists 

See the attachments at the bottom of this page for packing lists from 2016. Updates for the 2017 trips will be available during the parent evening. 

 

 

Trip Travel Information

Grade 6

Students will travel to Nanbeihu by bus. Students should plan on arriving to campus on Monday, May 8th at 8 a.m. as they would on a normal school day, and returning home at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12th. Most students choose to bring their trip luggage on the regular school bus.

Departure: Busses leave camput at 9:00 am

Return: Busses return to campus at 2:30 pm

 

Grade 7

Find below the most up to date travel information for the Yangshuo Trip:

Grade 7 students must report to campus at 3:30 am. The airport bus will leave campus at 4:00 am.

Departure: Monday, May 8th  - Flight FM9379

Departs Pudong International Airport T1 (PVG) at 7:35 a.m.  Arrives to Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) at 10:15 a.m.

Return: Friday, May 12th - Flight FM9380

Departs Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (KWL) at 11:00 a.m.  Arrives to Pudong International Airport T1 (PVG) at 1:15 p.m.

Anticipated return to campus at 3pm. (Parent updates will be sent the day of.)

 

Grade 8

Find below the most up to date travel information for the Hainan Trip:

Grade 8 students must report to campus at 6:30 am. The airport bus will leave campus at 7:00 am.

Departure: Monday, May 8th  - MU5468

Departs Pudong International Airport T1 (PVG) at 10:20 a.m.  Arrives to Sanya Fenghuang International Airport (SYX) at 1:35 p.m.

Return: Friday, May 12th - Flight MU5467

Departs Sanya Fenghuang International Airport (SYX) at 5:25 p.m.  Arrives to Pudong International Airport T1 (PVG) at 8:45 p.m.

Anticipated return to campus at 10:15pm. (Parent updates will be sent the day of.)

 

CHINA TRIPS 2017 TIMELINE

February 20th - 1st student China Trip meeting during Dragon Time.  Students introduced to trip and asked to submit passport copy and complete web database.

February 27th - (Monday) Deadline for students to submit passport copy to Middle School secretary

March 3rd - (Friday) Deadline for parents to enter student information into web database.

March 17th - 2nd student China Trip meeting during Dragon Time.

April 10th - China Trip roommate preferences submitted during Dragon Time.

April 17th - 3rd student China Trip meeting during Dragon Time, this time with trip group and group leader(s). Students given trip packing list.

April 18th - China Trip Parent Information Meeting with Insight Adventures at 6:00 pm in Room C212. We will start all together then break out into information about each of the specific middle school trips.

May 2nd - 4th student China Trip meeting during Dragon Time.  Students go over final trip details with their group leader(s).

May 5th - Last student China Trip meeting during Dragon Time.  Students go over final trip details with their group leader(s).

May 8th - Students arrive to SCIS at the designated time and depart for their China trip adventure together with their grade level.

May 12th - Students return to Shanghai and SCIS campus at designated time. 

 

THINGS PARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW

Passports
As part of the booking process, we need to collect copies of the photo page of each student's passport (or ID card if Chinese citizen). We will use this to make the airline reservation and purchase trip insurance. It is imperative that the name and passport number match exactly the name on the identification. Thus if you are planning renewing a passport before the May China trip dates, please let us know. This passport copy can be submitted in paper form or digitally via email. The easiest solution is to snap a clear picture with your cell phone and email it. We ask that all passport pictures be sent to the Middle School office to sjiang@scis-china.org by Monday, February 27th.

Student Registration
Insight Adventures also needs to collect information about insurance, swimming/biking abilities, allergies and medical history as to assure the safety of all students on our trip.  The links for Student Registration for trips will be available soon.  Once the link is available, click on it according your your child’s grade level and complete the short questionnaire together with your child. Doing this together will help with the accuracy of the answers. We ask that this be completed by Friday, March 3rd.

 

Registration LINKS:
Grade 6 - Nan Bei Hu
https://yoopay.cn/event/201605SCISHQ6NBH
Grade 7 - Yangshuo
https://yoopay.cn/event/201705SCISHQ7YS
Grade 8 - Sanya
https://yoopay.cn/event/201705SCISHQ8SY
 

COMMON CHINA TRIP QUESTIONS

Are China Trip required of all students?

Yes, China Trips are a required component of our Middle School Program. 

 

Are electronic devices allowed?

One of the goals of China Trips is that students disconnect from their electronic devices and focus on building relationships with their peers through conversation, interesting activities, and breaking out in song if needed. Thus students are asked to not bring their computers, ipads, hand-held games or phones.  Also, they will be out and about enjoying nature and there will be no time to use these devices. However, cellphones are allowed on trips for communication with parents at night time. Phones should not be taken out during the day and will be confiscated by teachers if they are. This is optional for families as some may still decide to accept the challenge of going technology-free for the week.

 

Can I take my child directly to the airport instead of SCIS? Upon return, can I pick up my child at the airport instead of SCIS? 

To avoid confusion, all students will report to SCIS at the designated time and travel as a group.  Upon return, if you live near the airport, please contact your child's trip leader WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE TRIP to see if special arrangements can be made.

 

And how many students are in a room?

This year, all trips are designed for 2 students per room. Trip leaders may decide to create a room with 3 students if there is an odd number of students or a special situation.

 

Do you have more questions?

Please contact Middle Mchool Vice Principal, Amy Bowley, with any additional questions or concerns, abowley@scis-china.org.

 

 

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