MAK’s Impact Program seeks to inspire and encourage students in their journey beyond knowledge to wisdom. Each year of the middle and high school programs has a developmentally appropriate theme that is coupled with one or more activities designed to challenge and motivate our students. Impact Program activities are required for all MAK students.
- 6th Grade
Theme: Crossing Over
Retreat to Sun Moon Lake
To grow in maturity, leaving behind elementary school behaviors as they cross over to middle school
To gain confidence, communication skills, self-control, and class unity
To see how God can be present and a help in these struggles
In the fall of the school year, the Grade 6 class goes on a three-day retreat to the Holy Love Camp at Sun Moon Lake. As the trip begins, students reflect on the struggles they have faced entering middle school — emotional, academic, organisational, or relational. Then, as they engage in team-building activities, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, and a DIY raft, they face these struggles and have an opportunity to mature in them. Small group time and personal devotions give them a chance to hear how God is interested in these struggles and wants to help.
- 7th Grade
To understand and experience Taiwan’s various cultures
To appreciate differences in others and see how to connect with others
To grow in class unity
The Grade 7 class goes on three field-trips through the year, focusing on different parts of Taiwan’s history and culture. By visiting places like Sandimen, Lukang, Anping Fort, Cijin, and the 228 Museum, students not only learn Taiwan’s rich history, but see how even in conflict, there are valuable perspectives to be learned, and that by understanding those perspectives, bridges can be built. We anticipate expanding this program to include more time for students to connect this with their own lives and to see how they can build bridges with others.
- 8th Grade
To grow in confidence to do hard things
To accept how God is challenging them to live their lives on purpose
To grow in leadership
During the year, the Grade 8 class reads a book called Do Hard Things, which shows them that teenagers are capable of doing amazing things for God if they are willing to take the challenge. In October of each year, the Grade 8 class goes camping in a rugged area of Taiwan to show them this in a practical way. They are challenged by not only cooking their own food but also by other physical challenges through the activities of the camp. They grow in their willingness to take risks through challenges such as rock climbing, river tracing, obstacle course, and maybe even an exciting jump off a cliff into a pool! Students reflect on what other challenges God is giving them an opportunity to do, and encouraged to step out and lead for His glory!
- 9th Grade
To grow in class unity
To engage in real relationships with peers
To face and overcome challenges
To experience Taiwan’s diverse environment
At the beginning of the year, the freshman class participates in an overnight class retreat. This retreat includes team-building activities and lots of discussion on what it means to follow Jesus. In the spring, 9th graders go on a multi-day trip to Kenting and Orchid Island. On this trip students gather data from the water surrounding Kenting’s nuclear power plant and the water near the nuclear waste facility on Orchid Island. The purpose of this trip is not only to complement the 9th grade biology program but also to promote class unity as freshmen begin high school together.
- 10th Grade
To experience the beauty of Taiwan
To more clearly and firmly establish identity and purpose in life
To accomplish physical and emotional challenges that will build personal character
To rely on the help of God and of peers in accomplishing difficult goals
To grow in leadership
The typical sophomore student at MAK is coming into a clearer understanding of personal identity and leadership capabilities. Each fall, sophomores go on a five-day trip to Taiwan’s rugged central mountain range with Outward Bound, an outdoor education company. The main purpose of this experience is to grow in courage as sophomores take on more significant leadership roles in high school. Students are asked to carry their own gear, to cook, and to spend a day leading their hiking groups. Reflection times on the mountain focus on leadership strengths and on establishing a clear purpose in life that will connect to current leadership opportunities in the MAK high school.
- 11th Grade
To examine issues of social justice in Taiwan
To foster feelings of responsibility in solving problems in a community
To develop and cast a vision for real solutions for such problems
To influence the world for Christ
To develop research skills that are both highly sophisticated and highly practical
To practice real-life skills in communication with real professionals
Because 11th grade students are more established in their understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, the junior experience focuses on the broader community. The first component has more of an academic focus as juniors work on a large academic research project for their English class called the Solutions Project. This rigorous project asks students to explore a local problem in Taiwan, such as those relating to birth rate, pollution, health care, or poverty, by conducting research in various media sources and through interviews with local experts in that field. Paper presentations propose a realistic solution to that problem in Taiwan. The second component is an international service learning trip in the spring to Indonesia. The junior class raises money each year for this service trip. On the trip students work on a project in a village community in Indonesia, discuss issues of social justice, and spend one or two nights in a local home.
- 12th Grade
To begin transition from high school to university
To get a taste of real, working-world experience
To gain a better understanding of career interests
To practice life skills in communicating with real professionals
To explore a personal vision on how, through college and career, one might have an
impact on the world for Christ.
While senior students at MAK are of course focused on their academic growth, they also need to be considering how they will use their abilities in their future careers. The senior portion of the Impact Program has two components. The first is an externship during the month of May in which students observe and evaluate two local ministries, non-profits, businesses, or professional practices to gain experiences in a field in which they are interested. Ideally, their choice of internship should relate to their junior research paper. This component will be followed by a presentation in which senior students evaluate and reflect on the working environments they observed and explain what it means for them, as a graduating senior, to have a meaningful impact on the world. The second component is Morrison’s Transitions Retreat in which students prepare themselves for the transition to university in another country.
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