School Tour Policy

Introduction

This policy is the result of whole school collaboration with the Board of Management to ensure that the organisation of tours in Scoil Barra Naofa complies with Department Circular 12/’79 ‘The objective of educational tours should be of benefit to the intellectual, cultural and social development of the pupils’.

Rationale

Our objectives in devising a policy on school tours include:

  • Arranging the provision of educational experiences not possible within the school setting.
  • Ensuring children have a variety of school tour experiences during their time in Scoil Barra Naofa.
  • Ensuring that tours are organised to the highest possible safety standards.

School Tour Procedures

  • The ISM team has responsibility for the organisation of the annual tour.
  • The Board of Management must approve each tour which is arranged.
  • Written Parental consent is sought for each tour.
  • Supervision on a school tour carries increased responsibility and we have agreed the following arrangement: Four adults to Junior and Senior Infants, three adults to First and Second, three adults to Third and Fourth and three adults to Fifth and Sixth Classes.
  • Teachers may request Parents to come on tours as supervisors where necessary. However the Class Teachers retain overall responsibility for the children.
  • The school’s Code of Behaviour applies to School Tours and we reserve the right to preclude from a school tour any pupil whose behaviour is such as to cause concern for his/her own or others safety.
  • All accidents and incidents on tours are dealt with in line with our school’s safety statement.
  • We will ensure to the best of our ability that all buses are equipped with seat belts. Each child should have his/her own belt. No tour will take place unless all children are secured.
  • Class Teachers ensure the following are brought on tour: Mobile Phone and phone numbers of Parents and emergency services, medicines as necessary for any children with allergies/medical conditions, inhalers, first aid kit, refuse bags, kitchen paper and surgical gloves.

Possible Venues for Tours

Infants

  • Fota Wildlife Park (By Bus or Train)
  • Leahy’s Farm, Dungourney, Midleton
  • Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow
  • Tír na Sí, Interactive Eco Farm, Condonstown, Watergrasshill

First / Second

  • Lismore Heritage Centre (Science, History, Nature Trail, Art and Craft)
  • Fota Wildlife Park ( By Bus or Train)
  • Mardyke Arena, Cork (Sports / Activity) & Fitzgerald’s Park
  • Blackrock Castle Observatory
  • Let’s Go, Nemo, Douglas (Sports Activities)

Third / Fourth / Fifth

  • Let’s Go, Nemo, Douglas (Sports Activities)
  • Trabolgan (Sports Activities)
  • Cork City Jail
  • Kinsale Art and Pottery School & Charlesfort
  • Ballyhass Lakes (Sports Activities)
  • Carrignavar (Sports Activities)
  • Lifetime Lab. (Science Activities)
  • Fota Wildlife Park (Discover Science Programme)
  • Cobh Heritage Centre / Cork Harbour Boat Trip

Sixth

  • Mitchelstown Caves / Cahir Castle
  • Kinsale O.E.C.
  • City Walking Tour
  • Let’s Go, Nemo, Douglas (Sports Activities)
  • Funky Town Adventure Centre (Sports Activities)
  • Oysterhaven Activity Centre
  • Blackwater Activity Centre
  • Lifetime Lab. (Science Activities)
  • Dublin – Dáil Éireann, Kilmainham Jail
  • Dublin – Croke Park and Viking Tour
  • Ballyhass Lakes (Sports Activities)
  • Milano’s ( Pizza Restaurant )

This policy is monitored and reviewed annually.

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