Thursday, January 3, 2013

January Term Offers Exceptional Learning Opportunities

Each January, Salem Academy students take a three-week break from regular courses for January Term—a time for learning and exploration not typically encompassed by the curriculum of regular classes. This year’s January Term offers students a wealth of exciting opportunities, from trips to special classes.

Off campus, Academy students will explore Europe during the 11-day “Great Britain and Ireland in Depth” trip. Students will arrive in Ireland to explore such places as Cork (the nation’s third-largest city), Dublin, Blarney Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From there, they’ll travel to Edinburg, Scotland to learn about Scottish culture and history and then move on to London for tours of such sites as the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames. Excursions to Bath and Stonehenge are also on the docket.  

“For 11 days we will visit castles, museums and historical landmarks, taste different food, hear ghostly tales, listen to Irish music, see a big musical, visit the Globe and more,” says Academy theater teacher, Kerry Lawson, who will accompany the students on the trip.

Elsewhere off campus, Academy students will participate in internships with companies and organizations ranging from the Moravian church to a veterinary hospital.

On campus, a variety of special classes will offer students fun learning opportunities outside the standard curriculum. Classes this term include Kitchen Chemistry, Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking, Money Skills, Basic Survival: The Hunger Games, 21st Century Technology Skills and The Basic Art of Storytelling, among others.

In addition, students will be able to go on several field trips throughout the month to places such as the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, plus the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, the Natural Science Center and Animal Discovery Zoological Park, all in Greensboro. 

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