Update on current 1st year students’ 2nd year trip to Italy in 2021 (last updated 13th March 2020)
We are continuously in contact with the School Tour company regarding next year’s 2nd year trip to Rome. As you know, the deposit of €250 was due 13/03/2020. Based on current events, the tour company has agreed that the deposit can be paid at a later date closer to the summer holidays. It is also recommended that as soon as you pay any money towards the trip, you seek to take out private travel insurance going forward as a precautionary step to cover the possible cancellation of the trip for any reason.
We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.
Mr John Morris (tour organiser)
Update on 2nd year trip to Italy 2nd April 2020 (last updated 10th March 2020)
Dear 2nd year parents/guardians,
Due to the updated situation in Italy announced on the evening of 9th March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 virus, the School Tour Company have today informed us that all of the flights we were due to travel on for our Italy trip have now been cancelled up to and beyond our travel dates.
As a result the travel insurance purchased with the trip can now be invoked and will cover a full refund of the monies paid minus an excess of €75 according to the terms of the policy.
Thanks to Mr Grimes and the School Tour Company for working together to ensure the best result for staff, students and parents in this challenging situation.
Please be patient as the company work to issue the refund to your bank account as it may take some time to process this.
While we are very disappointed that the trip cannot take place, we understand that the health and safety of our students, staff and families is paramount.Thank you for your help and support as we have worked to resolve a very challenging situation. We very much appreciate your supportive and encouraging messages.
School Trip Procedures
Trips are a huge part of the extra educational service we provide in Lucan Community College. Teachers voluntarily give of their time during school and also during their holidays. The huge majority of our students are always excellently behaved on any outing and we are proud of their good behaviour, but also expect nothing less than their best.
The following are typical of some of the trips in any given year:
- 1st year – End of year day trip, BT Young Scientist trip
- 2nd year – End of year day trip, Stratford English trip, International trips
- 3rd year – Trips to National Concert Hall for music students, modern languages weekend trip
- TY – German exchange trip, French trip to Paris, overnight Team Building trip, many day trips
- 5th year – Usually one international trip and sometimes an End of year day trip, Subject related trips
- 6th year – College open days, Subject related trips
All staff that are providing a trip for students outside the normal running of the academic day seek parental permission to allow that student to go on that trip.
A simple signed letter from an organising teacher with returnable slip will include:
- details about the trip/event, what class or group is going etc.
- dates and times of departure and arrival back to the school
- cost, if appropriate
- names of travelling teachers
- contact numbers for overnight trips
- a short sentence stating that the school code of behaviour and uniform code (where appropriate) applies at all times on every trip.
- Students must be responsible for bringing this slip back to the organising teacher.
- As a rule, teachers will ensure that all students return back to the school and will not allow students to make their own way home.
- Sports events/games and some T.Y. activities do not need specific permission from parents, but it is still good practice for the teacher/staff member/coach organising the game/event to remind all students to let their parents know where and when they are playing/going to an event, especially if the return time is after school hours.
International trips -teachers always organise a meeting of students and their parents/guardians to go through all the aspects of the trip, including the rules that must be followed by all students and appropriate sanctions that may be used if and when these rules are broken. A register of attendance will be kept at these information meetings. Students who do not abide by the school’s Code of Behaviour rules may be required to return home early at parents/guardians expense.