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"School Trips" specifically 'GCSE' School trips

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KatyMac Tue 18-Oct-11 18:30:25

DD brought home a letter for a school trip

Ridiculous amount Loads of money

But it's for her favourite subject and is a GCSE field trip hmm

So I worked out how much a month & sent deposit plus 9 monthly cheques to cover the cost

Sorted <weak at the knees at the cost>

Then DH got some unexpected money most of which went of debt repayment, but we thought we'd pay for the trip which we did (& we got the previously post dated cheques back) <phew>

But if we hadn't had the 'spare/unexpected' money t would have been really hard to find all that money & 'GCSE' makes it seem necessary

Rant over

Hullygully Tue 18-Oct-11 18:44:32

I know. They are an absolute bloody fortune.

Shodan Tue 18-Oct-11 18:51:30

We just forked out £645 for ds1 to go to Berlin/Auschwitz.

£645.

FFS.

Maryz Tue 18-Oct-11 19:06:37

dd just brought home a letter about a trip to Brazil (allegedly a charity thing) that will cost 3,000 euro. So beat that angry.

She's not going.

GypsyMoth Tue 18-Oct-11 19:09:56

Shodan... My dd did that trip. Was worth every penny, she remembers every detail and shared with us.

Fortunately, free school meals means the price for us is halved. So I'm cautious about agreeing to too many. French battlefields are another she went on.

KatyMac Tue 18-Oct-11 19:22:19

3000 euros

<faints>

Shodan Tue 18-Oct-11 21:25:26

3000 euros!!

<faints alongside KatyMac>

ILoveTiffany- we figured it would probably be worth it, but it's nice to have validation! Hopefully it'll be of much benefit in his History GCSE.

Maryz Tue 18-Oct-11 21:54:51

dd's school did the Auschwitz trip last year, which she would have really loved (and which I would have paid for as she loves history). Apparently it was absolutely fantastic. This year, the school are doing a geography trip (which since she isn't doing Geography after this year I consider a waste of time).

So I suspect she may not go anywhere, which won't make me popular with her but (hopefully) might mean we have a family holiday next year [yay].

mumslife Tue 18-Oct-11 22:22:42

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Shodan Wed 19-Oct-11 12:57:02

Ds1 intends to do Geography at A-level. Some mention was made at some point of a trip to Iceland- I don't know any more details but that sounds kinda expensive to me.

Ah well. Better start saving now! grin

LoopyLoopsPussInBoots Wed 19-Oct-11 13:03:57

If it is a compulsory part of the course, contributions are voluntary, but if there aren't enough contributions the trip may not take place. Schools usually have a small fund for difficult situations.

School trips are very important, but very stressful and hard to plan for the teachers. They are expensive, that's just the way it is. Kids have to learn that they can't go on every trip.

chrchrch Wed 19-Oct-11 13:12:35

Hopefully this will not be controversial, but at i/GCSE level, no trip is compulsory, even language exchanges. That is to say, not going won't prevent anyone from getting that A*, but lots of other things may. It's slightly different later, but even then, there are very very few compulsory ones and only if they are part of AS/A2 coursework.

As for bonding trips at the start of year, staying away from home may be fun but they don't do what it says on the tin. Even more so at 16/17 than 10/11.

MindtheGappp Wed 19-Oct-11 18:19:43

My elder two are doing Drama/Theatre Studies GCSE and A2.

We knew when they selected that subject that there would be a lot of compulsory theatre trips.

Ditto Geography and the field work.

nailak Wed 19-Oct-11 18:29:11

we went to eastbourne for geography field trip, and there was an alternate day trip fpr those who couldnt go/ werent allowed to go in a grammar school

penguin73 Wed 19-Oct-11 18:30:42

Ref the Brazil trip we are running a similar one to Africa, a chance in a lifetime trip and it is very expensive. Pupils were told at the time that it was arranged that they would be encouraged to do lots of fund-raising to reduce costs and in the past this has reduced parental costs by up to £900. However staff have arranged/tried to arrange numerous fund-raisers over the last 8 months with little, if any support from the pupils and their parents which as resulted in bag packs being cancelled, sponsored events with only one or two participants and stalls at open days and other school events left unmanned. This time last year we were able to reduce the cost of a Y7 trip by £90 per person because of student fund-raising, it would be lovely to see some parental support in fund-raising so that the cost of all trips could be minimised.

Nelleh Wed 19-Oct-11 18:37:48

My son (14) is going to Rome, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast next June. Four days and £500. I quite fancy it myself!

muddyvampsters123 Wed 19-Oct-11 18:57:58

DS2 (14). Next year is saying school are thinking of running trips to Berlin/Auschiwitz & Iceland or Italy.
Plus other field trips for History/Geography.

He went to France with the school for 5 days in July which cost £500.

DS was also told before taking up GCSE History & Geography that there would be field trips abroad.

Maryz Wed 19-Oct-11 19:00:50

The fundraising issue is difficult isn't it penguin. The problem, I think, is that about half the pupils seem to have parents who will either just sign a cheque hmm or get their company (or companies that their company deals with) to "sponsor" their child.

So half the children just get paid for with no effort, leaving the other half struggling to raise the money.

dd knows from fundraising at guides that it take a weekend bagpacking or rattling boxes to raise 100 euro each (and that would be a good weekend). To raise 3000 would take a heroic effort by her and by us. Which would mean, essentially, me asking my friends and family to pay for dd to have a holiday. Which I feel is wrong. Especially since my friends include parents of children who are also fundraising.

So dd decided not to go and will miss out. Sadly I'll spend the next year being asked to pay for all the other children to go since I know that every time I meet anyone for coffee I will have somebody else's child's sponsorship card stuffed under my nose. It got to the stage last time they did one of these that I avoided meeting people as it cost me a fiver every time [grumpy].

MJlovesscareypants Wed 19-Oct-11 19:06:19

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bruffin Wed 19-Oct-11 23:55:34

"d just brought home a letter about a trip to Brazil (allegedly a charity thing) that will cost 3,000 euro. So beat that angry"

DS's version to guatemala will cost £4300shock

He has to raise the money himself, but has thankfully decided against it!

He did have a brilliant trip to Berlin two weeks ago for German

arrive at stanstead airport at 4.30am for 6.30 flight to berlin
train from airport to city centre
visited the Berlin Wall, Brandenberg Gate,Checkpoint Charlie various memorials, picnic lunch at Berlin Zoo,
landed back at stanstead at 10.30
Cost was just £60
The HM decided to accompany them. He sent them all a lovely letter afterwards saying how much he had enjoyed their company on the trip etc

startail Thu 20-Oct-11 00:16:18

I'm quietly glad that DDs music trip was canceled due to lack of support. She went on a very expensive Guide trip last summer (had an amazing time).
We were supposed to fund raise for that and the Guider looked confused when DD said no way was she going round her bog standard rural comp asking people to sponsor her to go on a trip (which cost twice what the music on would have).
DD doesn't go to her local guides (travels to see a couple of special friends) and it is a more affluent area with many of the girls at private school.

jgbmum Thu 20-Oct-11 10:48:19

DS did AS Geography, their field trip was to Cornwall.
It was a very cheap trip using school mini buses and staying in a youth hostel. They all had a great time, and many got grade As in their coursework, and went on to get As in their end of year exams, so they obviously covered all they needed to.
Why the need for such expensive trips??

Shodan Thu 20-Oct-11 11:17:06

Maybe it depends on what's on the syllabus that year, jgbmum? I don't know, just vague wondering.

DH wonders why they have to go on trips at all- he claims he never went on any (went to school in SA) and still did ok in his exams (blah blah blah) but I have very fond memories of the couple of trips I went on at school and don't want ds1 to miss out, if at all possible. Not that that means he'll get to go on the skiing trips, however.

It's just that, despite many years of paying for these trips, the cost still comes as a small shock! grin

mumslife Thu 20-Oct-11 12:02:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

coolascucumber Thu 20-Oct-11 13:09:14

£4000 for trip to Borneo in two years time - so that's a big NO from our family. It has been a real strain to pay for a ski trip this year (£900) and we already support a very expensive sport with international travel for 3 kids. I've had to warn my friend that if I can't afford to send my child on this trip then it is unlikely I will be supporting fundraising for someone else.

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