G-Term

Rachel Breitweser ’03

The Academy G-Term got underway this week, with Punahou students taking part in a variety of activities both on campus, across O’ahu and in places like Seattle, Boston and Utah.

The four-day courses began Tuesday, following the winter break and before the second semester begins. Nearly 80 different activities were carefully planned to provide valuable learning experiences that teach such things as empathy, persistence, resourcefulness and social responsibility.

The activities range from a backpacking trip through Haleakalā, shadowing a healthcare professional, recording a podcast, to visiting Arlington Cemetery, too.

These exploration-centered opportunities, which offer lessons and learning environments not otherwise possible during the normal semester, are designed to challenge students academically, emotionally and physically. While students receive credit, the courses are not graded to allow students to immerse themselves in the class.

Check out this video about G-Term. 

Here are some of the activities that have so far taken place.

In “Become a Better Beachgoer,” students built connections by volunteering with AccesSurf, an organization that empowers people with disabilities to access the ocean.
Students of “Try Voyaging” set sail after rigging the Hawaiian canoe themselves.
Humans and furry companions learned persistence and resilience in “Positive Reinforcement Dog Training.”
Girls learned self-empowerment through self-defense, combining the “hard skills” of Krav Maga with situational awareness “soft skills.”
Resilience is getting back up when you fall down, as these students learned through Stand Up Paddling.
These shibori designs are to “dye” for. Indigo-tinged creative juices flowed during G-Term.