Excursion Policy

Rationale

St Michael’s excursion program enables students to further their learning and social skills development in a non-school setting. Excursions complement, and are an important aspect of the educational programs offered at our school.

Aims

To reinforce, complement and extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
To develop an understanding that learning is not limited to school, and that valuable and powerful learning takes place in the real world.

Implementation

  • All excursions are planned and implemented according to the guidelines / regulations of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, Department of Education, Employment and Training. (Ref: Schools of the Future Reference Guide & CEO guidelines).
  • Principal must ensure that adequate pre-excursion planning and preparation, including the preparation of students, takes place.
  • The Office will be responsible for managing and monitoring the payments made by parents and will provide classroom teachers with detailed records on a regular basis.
  • Prior to any child attending an excursion, parents/guardians must have provided to the school a signed permission form. Only children who have displayed sensible, reliable behaviour at school will be invited to participate in school excursions. Parents will be notified if a child is in danger of losing their invitation to participate in an excursion due to poor behaviour at school. The decision to exclude a student will be made by the Principal, in consultation with the classroom teacher and the Teacher in Charge.
  • All families will be given sufficient time to make payments for excursions. Parents will be sent notices before the excursion date reminding them of the need to finalise payment.
  • Provision for emergencies to be anticipated, e.g. first aid kit and change of clothing.
  • In planning excursions, it is beneficial to ensure a range of experiences whilst considering costs to families and previous experiences children have had.
  • Excursions need to be co-ordinated with the principal and relevant co-ordinators.
  • Teachers and children are to be aware of the specific expectations of themselves and of the excursion.