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Tayyaba Shahid | Staff Correspondent TBT | BMI-IB

Islamabad: Beaconhouse Margalla Islamabad International Baccalaureate Campus arranged a retreat for its Year 1 and 2 students from December 9 to 11, 2016. The activity called ‘Back to Nature’ took place at Moor Jang, Kalar Kahar, where students and teachers stayed at camps in the wilderness for three days.

The objective of the retreat was to involve students in activities involving ‘Creativity’, ‘Activity’ and ‘Service’, core components of the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program.

Students hiked uphill to conduct rappelling, an exercise in which they moved down a steep incline by means of a double rope secured above and paid out gradually in the descent. At base camp they also had a chance to cut and collect wood logs for campfire, and learnt about types of wood suitable for building a fire.

On Day two, students built their own rafts in two groups and tested them for rafting down the hill in a serene fresh water pond. This creative activity was a unique and thrilling experience for the students.

Students conducted ‘Service’ related activities on the third day, where, divided in two groups, they went to a nearby village school. At the school, the groups had arranged a variety of activities for the students such as poster-making and an informative talk on pollution, personal hygiene, sports, and discipline. Students also carried out a fun cliff-crossing as the last activity of this exhilarating retreat.

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