A school excursion or camp is a learning experience designed to motivate students and provide first-hand experience which could not otherwise be given in the classroom. School excursions and camps are an important part of today's educational scene. Appropriately planned and supervised camps and excursions assist greatly in the students' understanding of the community in which they live.
The value of the excursion is in its stimulation of interest in providing educational experiences. This interest, the value of the learning obtained and the safety of students are directly related to:
the nature of the excursion itself
the degree of the organisation
the skill of the organisers
the ages, abilities and cohesiveness of the student group
the environment of the excursion.
All play a part in providing physical, social, intellectual or cultural stimulation not possible in the classroom. Before students are taken from the school on excursions by teachers all due preparations will be undertaken, permission of the school principal and of parents will be received, and a place will have been chosen where children can learn in safety. This is an extension of the duty of care offered and accepted within the school however, during the excursion there will be other influences which will modify the scope and nature of that duty.
The excursion will be integral to the overall education program and provide for the educational needs of the students. Planning for the excursion will indicate explicit links to the current teaching program, be evident in unit plans, and detail examples of worksheets and outcomes expected of the excursion.
Parents will be fully informed in writing of the purpose, cost, location activities which will be undertaken, times of departure and return, and materials required. This notice of excursion will be issued well in advance and will contain a Permission Note for return. Children without a signed permission note will not be permitted to leave school. Parents of children attending camp will also be required to provide details of the child's medical history.
Students will be well prepared for the excursion with discussions on safety, behaviour and procedures to be followed. Assignment requirements and follow-up work will be explained.
All costs will be met from the school levy and teachers will operate their excursions within the budgetary constraints set at the beginning of the school year. Students are not generally permitted to bring spending money on excursions. Any variance to this rule will be discussed with the principal in the first instance and amounts kept within reasonable bounds.
Normal school rules as to behaviour and social issues, e.g. tidiness etc, apply and will be enforced. Before the trip students and parents will be made aware of disciplinary rules and actions in case of non-compliance. Students who have a background of uncooperative behaviour or who act in a way which may place themselves or others at risk while out of the normal school environment will be excluded from participating in camps and excursions. The students ability to attend future excursions will be reviewed when an improvement in behaviour is noted. If during an excursion or camp a student repeatedly refuses to comply with reasonable requests from teachers, his/her parent will be contacted to take him/her home/back to school.
Students must be suitably attired. If special clothing is required e.g. shoes, jeans, hat etc., this will be indicated in the permission letter.
Teachers will travel in the bus with children and enforce discipline. Class or year level groups will travel by bus together. If private transport needs to be used to transport smaller groups of children to a venue then the laws governing motor vehicles and Third Party apply and the driver could be liable in the case of an accident.
A first aid kit, available from the school office, is taken on excursions. On all camps and excursions a person with qualifications for the activities being undertaken and a person with a current first aid certificate are present.