As this year’s graduates came to the end of their TGS journey, seventeen new students were preparing to begin theirs. Our incoming students this year hail from fourteen different countries, and to begin their experience they flew in from all six inhabitable continents to participate in the TGS Rite of Passage alongside Head of School Jamie Steckart, educators Rowena Speed and Adam Sturman, and student representatives Charlotte Steckart, Justin Smith-Hoopes, and Jess Pegram.
Unlike the past two years, when the Rite of Passage took place in Botswana, this year’s Rite of Passage took place in Northern England. While the location was different, the purpose remained the same: take part in a rigorous ten-day wilderness experience where new students embark on a symbolic journey while grounding themselves into our community.
The physically taxing and mentally demanding Rite of Passage is filled with activities that challenge our new students’ beliefs in their own capabilities. Experiences in mentored learning, practical testings, enacted rituals, and community celebrations evoke new understandings regarding holistic health, self-awareness, effective communication, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
During the Rite of Passage, students also become familiar with our eight core values, which will play an integral role throughout the duration of their THINK Global School education.
Congrats to each of our new students on their successes in Northern England, and we’re ecstatic to have you in our community. Media from our Rite of Passage can be found in the album below.