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O Castro British International School
Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning at O Castro

O Castro British International School offers its students a unique outdoor learning programme, from the age of three upwards. A unique opportunity to build character, knowledge, skills, competencies and global perspectives by embarking on a personal journey of discovery and challenge.

Outdoor learning experiences help children develop inquisitive minds, along with problem-solving approaches in 'real' situations. It fosters children's holistic development and enables them to be better able to identify hazards and risks. It gives them a break from their everyday classroom environment and stimulates their senses, helping them to learn in a different way.

In the British education system, outdoor learning is one of the cornerstones of the curriculum, as it is an effective way of enriching students' education while offering numerous advantages and benefits to their all-round development, academically, personally and socially.

The Journey (from Nursery to Year 8)

That is why at O Castro British International School we have a unique and exclusive programme of self-improvement and self-discovery called "The Journey", from the age of three upwards. Our pupils have a unique opportunity to build their character, knowledge, skills, competencies and global perspectives as they embark on a personal journey of discovery and challenge from Infant to Secondary. The programme, which is integrated across our curriculum, offers students challenging and enriching activities organised to develop a range of fundamental skills in an unrivalled natural environment.

This programme, unique to Globeducate schools, lays the foundation for following the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh programme, aimed at students from Year 9 to Year 12.

  • Independence
  • Self-confidence
  • Wellbeing
  • Creativity
  • Challenge
  • Problem-solving
  • Connection with local,
    national and international
    environments 
  • Teamwork
  • Social interaction
  • Communication

Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Year 9 - Year 12)

Following on from “The Journey”, O Castro British Interna¬tional School offers from Year 9 onwards the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh International Programme, which gives young people the opportunity to discover themselves and overcome their limitations, inviting them to set their own challenges and overcome them. This achievement is recognised at the end of each stage of the programme. 

O Castro British International School thus becomes the only school in Vigo and its area to offer this enriching program¬me, which is also highly respected and valued in the field of university entrance applications, as well as by companies and institutions and enhances such important soft skills as leadership, problem solving, teamwork, solidarity and resilience, among others. 

The awards range from Bronze to Gold and culminate in a five-day expedition or residency with people outside the students’ usual group of friends. It is a great, exciting and fulfilling experience that will leave participants with a great sense of achievement in their life beyond school.

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