"The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page." So states St. Augustine, author of The Confessions and City of Man, City of God, two works which have tremendously impacted Christians for generations. And yet, this giant in the realm of Christian writing tells us of a whole world outside of books, created by a beneficent and awesome God. He calls us to travel those roads, to put breath and life into the books that we read and study, imprinting for ever, in our minds and the minds of our students the truth, beauty and goodness alluded to in those great books of literature, in the history books, and in the science books so assiduously poured over in class.
Stonehaven believes that field trips should be an integral part of learning, opportunities not to be missed that we may read the world through different eyes. We seek to provide students at Stonehaven with a variety of educational forays to the museums and historic sites available to us in the Atlanta area. Students will attend plays, concerts, and shows enhancing their classroom education and broadening their cultural horizons.
After visiting The Michael C. Carlos Musuem students better understand the background and context behind those lessons learned in history about Ancient Egyptian culture, Mesopotamian culture, Greek and Roman culture. They will be amazed at the Cuneiform tablets... the first examples we have of formal writing. What a difference, they realize, with the pen and paper they so casually and easily use on a daily basis and throw away equally as casually. No amount of reading about or hearing about mummies will so capture the attention of a student than seeing the real thing! This now shrivelled up body, surrounded by its worldly possessions lived and laughed thousands of years ago. They realize that the artifacts they are viewing were actually there, in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, or Rome... were being used on a daily basis... men drank out of those very cups, women looked at themselves in those crinkly mirrors and put on their version of make up. All of this brings to life a people otherwise relegated to the pages and pictures of a book.
The Catholic Church was central to life in Medieval Europe... to the religious life, of course, but also its tentacles were deeply embedded in the educational life, in the business endeavours and even in the machinations of politics. The arm of Rome was very long. Yet it was in the monasteries that Western culture was preserved. In spite of the incursions of the Barbarians, it was the monks who copied and preserved the Great works of Greek and Roman culture. What better way to grasp the commitment and Spartan way of life of monks, than to visit a local monastery where they will see monks at prayer, at worship and at work. As older elementary students tackle American history, the dates and events that mark the birth of our great nation, they take part in a participatory program offered at The American Village, in Alabama. Here they will travel through "snapshots of time" meeting the people and taking part in the events that shaped our country's beginning. "The creation of our system of self-government was a unique and 'revolutionary' experience. By reliving this experience, students will come to understand that: We are standing on the shoulders of others who made choices and took risks for the sake of liberty; I too can make a difference in this world'."
The Botanical Gardens, The Atlanta History Center, The Woodruff Arts Center with Symphony Hall and The High Musuem offer further opportunities for growth and are frequent destinations for Stonehaven students. High school students often attend performances of Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Tavern. Books and lessons will teach students the facts about any given subject but field trips will whet their appetite for more and satisfy their curiosity as flesh and bone are added to the words they have studied.