Schooldays have always been brightened up by the thought of a class day out, or if you’re lucky, a residential trip for a few nights away.
I have fond memories of going on a week long residential the first year of high school to an outdoor pursuits centre, which involved activities such as abseiling off viaducts, caving, and canoeing.
There was also a year trip to France for a lucky few in the third year (drawn out of a hat so not everyone got to go.)
So far, so good. France is far away enough to feel like a proper holiday, and you get to visit a different country without being too far from home.
Now, though? Like everything else, (proms, anyone?! ) schools seem to be having to go one better, one bigger, and more ostentatious.
Not content with jaunts to France, some schools are laying out trips to places like Barbados.
Barbados. I ask you. Nothing wrong with Barbados, I’d love to go there – but since when did school trips start to go halfway across the world and cost more than a family holiday?!
Trip of a lifetime, that. Not a school jaunt.
Ours can go to Australia in one of the years. Literally the other side of the world. On what planet is that a reasonable school trip?! I dread to think how much that would cost.
They’re busy fundraising for it right now. Tip – if the place you want to go to costs so bloody much that you have to fundraise for it, maybe you’re going a tad too far. Back up a bit and have a think.
Flying high school kids nearly 11,000 miles is a little bit
Maybe they need more parents to stand up and say “hang on, do you think we go into the garden and pluck money off the money tree, or produce it from our arse?!”
Maybe then we might get a semblance of normality in all the craziness.
What do you think? Excessive, or fun?
Let us know via the comments and tell us where the furthest place your school goes for school trips!