On Campus Student College Excursions
College excursions are offered as part of our educational program. They are designed to support Curriculum Programs and subsequently your child will be participating in relevant classroom activities before and after the activity. Flexible Learning students will be invited to attend if the excursion is part of their normal weekly enrolled On Campus days. Before students attend an excursion, information will go home to parents requesting permission be given. Every effort is made to keep excursion expenses to a minimum.
Nature Study Walks
Charlotte Mason philosophy believes that every child has an innate interest in nature, but it is the parents’ responsibility to encourage it. Otherwise it will be lost as the child matures into adulthood.
Charlotte Mason called it an evil “that children get their knowledge of natural history, like all their knowledge, at second hand.” Instead, she advised children learn of nature first hand with extended personal experiences. She suggested time outdoors every day. At CMC we take this seriously and children often spend time outdoors.
Regularly our students are taken on ‘Nature Study Walks’. These walks are part of our On Campus curriculum and enrolling as an On Campus or Flexible Learning student at CMC is seen as acceptance that these walks will take place regularly during school time. At all times a teacher is with and responsible for the students and appropriate measures of ‘Duty of Care’ and ‘Risk Management’ are in place.
‘ALL IN’ Excursions
CMC often organises ‘all in’ College community excursions. An ‘all in’ excursion is one that all our DE, OC and FL students and their families are invited to attend. Parents or carers attend these excursions with their children and we make a great day of connecting as a community together. If the excursion is held on a school day, and your child is enrolled On Campus normally that day, then the parent does not have to attend, although you are invited and most welcome. All DE parents must attend with their children and FL parents of students not normally enrolled into On Campus studies that day must also attend. These excursions are always a fantastic experience and a great connection for us all as a ‘whole’ College community.
Inclusion in non-compulsory camps or excursions is by application and at the discretion of the Principal. Criteria for inclusion include but are not limited to, behaviour and payment of College fees. All camps and excursions will be prepared, managed, supervised and monitored in a way that seeks to ensure the health, safety and security of the participating students and staff, as well as others who may be affected by the conduct of an excursion.