Wichita Collegiate School has a long tradition of field trips – both day and overnight. Trips are typically worked into the academic curriculum to reinforce learning with hands-on, real-life, priceless experiences! Each division has a different, yet age-appropriate and exciting approach to trips and special activities.
Our youngest students enjoy extending their learning experiences out of the classroom and into the community. Classes take field trips to museums, pumpkin farms, nature trails, zoos, and theater productions. In addition, guest speakers visit school to share expertise in the area of fire safety, animal care, stranger-danger, dental hygiene, art and sciences.
Following up an in-depth study of Rainforest animals, our first graders travel to the Sedgwick County Zoo to see the real animals up close. During 2nd grade, students study pioneer times followed by a day-long field trip to the Old Cowtown Museum to see firsthand what it was like to live as a pioneer. At the end of 3rd grade, students travel to Kansas City to visit the Science City museum, sharing a once-in-a lifetime opportunity as they spend the night at the museum and have it all to themselves until morning! Canoeing, horseback riding, and a medallion hunt during an overnight camping trip to Rock Springs is the perfect way to end an amazing 4th grade year! These are just a few examples of the adventures taken by our Lower School students.
Fifth grade students travel to Oklahoma where they work on an interdisciplinary project that is a continuation of class work. They visit the Tulsa Aquarium, the Oklahoma Science Center and the Oklahoma Zoo.
Sixth grade students spend two days at Camp Wood where they have hands-on experiences based on their Literature class reading of the book Hatchett. They participate in high and low ropes courses and learn to light camp fires. They experience canoeing, team building activities, creek explorations, archery and many other fun and high energy activities perfectly designed for sixth graders. Seventh grade students hit the road to Dallas on their history and baseball trip. They see a professional baseball game, visit the Bush Presidential Library, the Perot Science Center, the 5th Floor Museum and the Murrah Federal Building Memorial in Oklahoma City.
Eighth grade students change their view of the world through the experiences at Heifer International Global Village in Perryville, Arkansas where they participate in a World Hunger Simulation, part of an interdisciplinary unit in the 8th grade curriculum.
Every spring the WCS Upper School participates in the ISAS Fine Arts Festival. This 3-day, 2-night excursion is a celebration of the Arts with 30 participating schools and over 3,000 students and faculty. Students bring their art work, photographs, videos, instruments, scenes from plays and musicals and dance numbers. Students are able to perform in front of their peers from other schools and also watch the other students performing. This is an unforgettable annual trip.
During odd-numbered years the Madrigals travel to Italy over Spring Break where they perform around the country at historic cathedrals and churches as well as spontaneously on the streets of Italy!
Another WCS tradition is the senior trip. The trip lasts between two and four days and takes place in May of the senior year. Each trip tries to visit the most exciting attractions at their destination cities and usually includes a baseball game, amusement park, great food and free time for shopping. The class travels together by bus and truly appreciates this final bonding experience of high school.
The WCS band is also quite well-travelled. Their destinations vary but usually the trip includes a performance or competition but also sight-seeing time. In the last few years our band has travelled to New Orleans to play the halftime show of the Sugar Bowl as well as band competitions in Colorado with some time off to ski together. The next band trip is planned for December 2016 to Hawaii where our students will play in the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration Performance with students from across America and Japan.