SIS goes MaD

Message from the Vice Principal

‘SIS goes MaD’ Week Information

MaD Week Videos

General Guidelines

Dear Parents and Students,

As a school we place strong emphasis on our students to make a difference to themselves and in the world and we encourage this philosophy throughout the year but also have a dedicated week beyond the traditional classroom called ‘SIS goes MaD’ Week.

The week provides opportunities to bring the school values to life:

  • We work to nurture ourselves, our society and our planet and take personal responsibility for a sustainable future.
  • We approach and engage other people with respect and honesty.
  • We manage ourselves and our learning by developing self awareness, resilience and courage.
  • We explore our world with open minds and compassionate perspectives.
  • We use our initiative and commit to making a difference by being creative, resourceful and reflective.

On the following pages, you will find a diverse programme of activities, each of which has highlighted the specific learning outcomes students will have the opportunity to achieve. Creativity, Activity and Service are three of the heartbeats of an IB Diploma School and a community that sets its highest aspiration as “making a difference”. These are some of the richest life experiences a student can encounter in school and these are the moments which they will always remember.

Yours sincerely,

Darin Slethaug

Vice Principal

This week is intended to allow students to enrich their experiences and broaden their horizons and each of the activities speaks to the philosophy above.

The week is usually in mid-October before half term break (subject to final confirmation) and has different activities for different Year groups:

  • Year 7: Onsite at school and Camp
  • Year 8 – 10: Local or Overseas experience
  • Year 11: Work Experience
  • Year 12: Local or Overseas experience
  • Year 13: Study Leave

MaD Week 2023 video

MaD Week 2022 video

MaD Week 2021 video

MaD Week 2019 video

MaD Week 2018 video

MaD Week 2017 video

MaD Week 2016 video

MaD Week 2015 video

MaD Week 2014 video

MaD Week 2013 video

MaD Week Video 2012

  1. All students are expected to participate in ‘SIS goes MaD’ activities.
  2. The Head of Family, Heads of House and teachers-in-charge of each activity, will approve the final group lists.  Any student who has a record of poor behaviour may be excluded from certain trips.
  3. The teachers-in-charge of activities will not allow the students to engage in any activity that is not covered under the parameters of the description written on the website without consultation with the school or supporting external organisation.
  4. All groups will be under the supervision and direction of at least one SIS teacher.
  5. All school conduct and discipline codes will be adhered to throughout the activity. In addition, if travelling abroad we expect students to obey the laws of the host country and to be sensitive to the culture of the people. We expect all students to refrain from any involvement with alcohol or drugs.  In some countries, indulging in such activities carries very severe penalties.
  6. Violations of school rules will be reported to the Head of House for follow-up. Consequences of breaking rules are similar to in-school violations of those rules.
  7. The cost of medical insurance is included in the prices quoted in the information for all off-site trips.
  8. For overseas activities,
  • The cost includes airfare, accommodation, meals, airport taxes, and insurance. Costs do not include inoculation fees, physician consultation fees or visa fees. There will be no refunds for overseas trips once bookings have been made.
  • Students are to ensure that their passport has at least 6-month validity and they have valid visa/entry permit to the countries they are travelling to.

9. Although we are committed to an equal opportunity policy, some of the activities are very physically demanding which may mean that some students will need one-to-one support for them to be able to participate. Parents should be aware that this can be provided, but only at additional cost. They may also want to consult with activity leaders about the demand involved.


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