Learning Journeys

India Learning Journey Blog: Bodhicitta Project 2013: Video, Photos, and Student Reflections

Interested in knowing more about the experiences of Mount Madonna School senior class during their recent Learning Journey to India? A new 14-minute video by Devin Kuman (’06) is now posted.

Watch the Bodhicitta Overview video and follow the blog at: http://www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/mtmadonna/

MMS Juniors Venture to South Africa in June 2013

 The African word “Sawubona” means “I see you.” Like the Mount Madonna School Class of 2012 did before them, the current juniors chose this name to represent their upcoming trip to South Africa in June 2013. This unusual learning journey will be about seeing and gaining a new understanding of people in a part of the world that is far different from the one in which we live. Early next summer, sixteen students from the MMS “Values in World Thought” program will leave for Cape Town, which is the first stop on this journey of a lifetime.

Sifting Through the Sand: Students Assist Researchers with Crab Count

On a typical morning at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Beach, children and adults can be seen walking, playing and exploring the shore and sand along this scenic stretch of coastline. On Saturday, October 15, some 25 visitors to the beach were Mount Madonna School (MMS) students and parents taking part in LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), an environmental monitoring and education program for students and teachers and other volunteer groups.

Spirit of South African People Inspires Local Students

“I left part of my heart in South Africa,” commented Mount Madonna School (MMS) senior Quincy Mitchell. “And in return it has given me a piece of its soul that I shall carry with me forever.”

Mitchell’s comment came during the September 23 Sawubona Project presentation at MMS. ‘Sawubona’, Zulu for ‘I See You’, is the name of a year-long project which culminated in a June journey to South Africa for MMS’ senior class. The project was developed as part of the “Values in World Thought” social studies course, a two-year curriculum for MMS 11th and 12th graders.