Camps and Excursions Policy

Rationale

  • To provide experiences beyond the school environment
  • To develop social competencies
  • To develop independence and self confidence
  • To reinforce learning outcomes
  • To provide links to the real world
  • To build relationships

Aims

  • To build upon shared classroom experiences and develop a sense of group cohesiveness.
  • To provide a program that promotes self-esteem, cooperation, resourcefulness, independence, leadership and resilience.
  • To provide a program that delivers skills and knowledge that promote a respect of the natural environment and that may lead to a lifelong involvement in fulfilling leisure pursuits.
  • To be accessible to all families in order to maximise participation of students.

 

Implementation

The camps and excursions program should offer a variety of environments and experiences from year to year. It should be an integral aspect of the curriculum and expand and develop skills already learnt. It should cater for differing abilities. Students with special needs will be provided with an inclusive program.

Camps and excursions will be selected with due consideration to the impact of cost and distance on the participation of students.

The cost of all camps and excursions are to be paid by parents. However family financial problems should not preclude attendance and, at the Principal’s discretion, families may be provided with financial assistance. If necessary, additional financial help may be sought from local support/welfare organisations.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure their child/children are in good health when attending

excursions and camps (i.e. they do not have an acute infection or exacerbation of a long term condition). Children who recover from an illness/injury that prevents them from attending a camp may join a camp

later; however transport to the camp is a parental responsibility. If a student becomes ill during a camp and is not able to continue at camp it is the parent’s responsibility to collect them and cover costs of this.

It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide teachers with specific student medical aides/medications and instructions regarding the use and/or administration for particular medical conditions prior to camps or excursions. Each camp/excursion will appoint a member of staff who is responsible for the health needs of the students. Teachers will administer any medication provided. A first aid kit and mobile phone will be taken by teachers on all camps and excursions.

Students not attending camp or excursions will be expected to attend school.

Students participating in camps/excursions are required to undertake a commitment to cooperate and display appropriate behaviour in the interest of their own, and the group’s safety and well-being. Prior to a camp or excursion parents/guardians will be notified if it is likely a student will not be permitted to attend, due to behaviour that does not meet required standards at school. If on a camp/excursion the teacher in charge considers an individual student’s behaviour does not meet required standards then the student may not be able to continue on the camp/excursion. In these circumstances it is the parent’s responsibility for the collection of the student and any costs associated with this.

Camps

The Principal is responsible for the conduct of all camps and must oversee and ensure that the designated “teacher in charge” of each camp has ensured that all camp destinations, travel arrangements, camp activities, staff, student ratios, and staff qualifications (including first aid).

All students will be required to provide written permission from their parents to attend camp.

The Principal is required to view all the required documentation and report this to School Council as part of the approval process.

Teachers and supervisors participating in camp are to be informed of their roles and responsibilities.

Teachers have the responsibility of managing the camp and parents are required to follow their directions.

On camp a vehicle will be available for emergency use. A copy of the full details of children’s names, medical information and contact details will be kept with the teachers on camp at all times and copies of this information will also remain at school.

Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices (such as iPads, iPods) or their own supply of food items (unless medically indicated and discussed with “teacher in charge”).

Excursions

The Principal is responsible for the conduct of all excursions and must ensure teachers follow all the relevant guidelines in their planning and running of excursions, including that the required staff, student ratio and staff qualifications (including first aid training requirements) are met.

An excursion information note will be distributed to parents outlining means of transport, date and time of activity. It will include a consent form, consent for medical attention, any payment requirements and emergency contact details. Teachers will take these forms with them on the excursion.

Failure to return the signed consent forms and payment by the requested due date may result in a student being not permitted to attend the excursion.

Parents may be invited to assist with excursions.

Teachers are in charge of excursion and parents are to follow teachers’ instructions. Teachers and parents should be aware of their roles and responsibilities.

School uniform is to be worn on all excursions.