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Introduction The Directors, Governors and staff believe that off-site activities can s u p p l e m e n t a n d e n r i c h t h e c u r r i c u l u m o f t h e Tr u s t b y p r o v i d i n g experiences, which would otherwise be impossible. All off-site activities must serve an educational purpose, enhancing and enriching our students learning experiences. Students may also benefit from the opportunity to take part in a r e s i d e n t i a l v i s i t . A c t i v i t i e s w i t h i n Tr u s t t i m e a r e o f t e n l i n ke d t o t h e N a t i o n a l C u r r i c u l u m o r p r o g r a m m e s o f s t u d y. T h e s e r e s i d e n t i a l v i s i t s enable students to take part in activities to build life skills, confidence and experience away from their normal environment. Key Questions • The parents/carers of students taking part in an off-site activity will be provided with all appropriate information about the intended visit to make an informed decision. Parents/carers must give their written permission, medical and contact details, before a child can be involved in any off-site educational visits. • Funding for off-site activities is provided mainly by parental contributions. No child may be excluded from a visit taking place in school time because of the unwillingness or inability of the parent to make a contribution. • The safety of the group and especially the students, is of paramount importance. During the activity the group leader must take whatever s t e p s a r e n e c e s s a r y t o e n s u r e t h e i r s a fe t y. • Every reasonable effort will be made to achieve inclusion for those students with medical/health complaints, subject to overall safety requirements. • Prior to a visit, if it is felt that the behaviour of an individual child is likely to compromise the safety of others or the good name of the S c h o o l / Tr u s t , t h e V i s i t L e a d e r s h o u l d d i s c u s s w i t h t h e H e a d t e a c h e r / H e a d of School/lead for pastoral support the possibility of excluding t h a t c h i l d f r o m t h e a c t i v i t y. A l l v i s i t s c o m p l y w i t h t h e r e q u i r e m e n t s o u t l i n e d i n t h e D f E ’s ‘ H e a l t h a n d S a f e t y : A d v i c e f o r S c h o o l s ’. C o p i e s o f t h e s e g u i d a n c e d o c u m e n t s a r e a v a i l a b l e o n t h e ‘ E V O LV E ’ e l e c t r o n i c s y s t e m o r f r o m t h e E d u c a t i o n a l Visits Co-ordinator (EVC). 2

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Contents 2 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26 27 Parents Information Retreats France Kielder London Skiing Spain China Rome France & Belgium (Battlefields) USA Lourdes Paris and London Taizé EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 3

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At Carmel we offer residential retreats at the Diocesan Youth Village. These retreats are facilitated by the Youth Ministry Team, a group made up of young adults who have devoted a year of their lives to serve young people and assist them on their journey of faith. Our retreats last for three days and give our students the opportunity to leave the normal routine of College life behind them and give them the prospect of focusing on what it means to be made in God’s image and likeness. One of our Year 8 students recently made the following reflection about a retreat: ‘This retreat has really made me think about the way I treat my friends and family. I think that my attitudes have changed and I am trying to use the gifts God has given me to make the world a better place’. The Sixth Form retreat takes place during the autumn term and focuses particularly on what it means to be a young person going out into the world and the impact they can make. The Year 9 and 10 retreats and Year 7 and 8 retreats take place during the spring term and the themes vary year on year. 4

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Includes.. Activities and Workshops Discussions Games to develop friendships and a sense of community Prayer Debates Reflection - both inside the centre and in the beautiful surrounding countryside Outdoor activities - often wellies are necessary! We are lucky that past students from Carmel have gone on to volunteer with the Ministry Team. This makes retreats at the Youth Village particularly special, as our students can see the impact of faith on past students’ lives. 5

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This well-established trip is a great opportunity for pupils to experience French culture in all its richness and put into context what they will have learnt about from the beginning of the year. Students will stay in the Château d’Ebblinghem, a 19th century country house set in a rural location, 8km east of St Omer in Northern France. With a range of exciting visits, pupils will explore French culture, traditions and love of food! Pupils will be introduced to French cuisine, from sampling snails, to kneading dough and learning about the confection of fine chocolates from a master chocolatier. Besides visiting the historic town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, the largest fishing port in the whole of France, pupils will also get the fantastic opportunity to explore Paris and its most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars and the Arc de Triomphe. All daytime and evening activities will focus on increasing their French vocabulary, developing their listening skills and sparking off a lasting interest for languages. 6 6

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Paris Students Visited.. The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars The Arc de Triomphe and the Place de l’Etoile The River Seine on a cruise Boulogne-sur-Mer Students Visited.. The old town with a treasure hunt A traditional chocolate factory with chocolate tasting A farm and goats’ cheese factory with traditional waffle tasting A traditional bakery with pastry tasting 7

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Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland has the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe, boasting 250 square miles of Forest, activity centres and known to be under some of the darkest skies in the world - perfect for stargazing and campfires. This three and a half day trip over the May Day weekend every year is an excellent way for the children to have fun and learn new, exciting skills in a controlled environment. Activities Include . . Sailing Bellboating Climbing Archery Shelter Building Crate Stacking Raft Building Jacob’s Ladder Orienteering Zip Line All activities are organised and supervised by trained outdoor education staff and Carmel staff are on site at all times. Cost includes return coach fare, all activities, food and accommodation. Also included is a visit to the Leaplish Birds of Prey Centre, a great afternoon watching the flight of all types of birds of prey. 8 8

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As part of their RE studies, Year 7 explore the major world religions. To further enhance their learning and develop their interest, we have a two-day trip to London. This is an exciting opportunity for our pupils to enhance their awareness of other faiths within modern day Britain. 10 10

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Students Visited.. • • • • • The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) - the oldest established Sikh place of worship in Europe, originally formed to promote religious and social activities among the Sikhs who had settled in the UK. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, known more commonly as Neasden Temple, is the first traditional Hindu Mandir (temple) in Europe and attracts half a million pilgrims and visitors every year. Buddhapadipa Temple - This, the first Buddhist Temple in the UK, was created with the objective of dissemination of theoretical and practical Buddhist teachings in Europe Students also have an opportunity to enjoy the Thames River Cruise taking in the sights from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the London Eye, before ending the evening in Planet Hollywood. 11

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Situated in the beautiful location of the Dolomite Super Ski Area, Falcade is the perfect place to be introduced to the joys of winter sports or to perfect your skiing techniques. Open to students of all skiing abilities across Year 8 and Year 9, students will benefit from the teaching expertise of the Falcade Skiing School instructors with whom they will receive, in ability groups, five hours of tuition every day. From snow plough to parallel turns, beginners’ runs to black pistes, slalom to basic jumps, all students will get the opportunity to develop their skills throughout the week. In addition to their skiing lessons, students will also be able to experience other sports such as snow tubing or ice skating. This trip is designed to develop students’ stamina, physical strength and balance, as well as their resilience and ability to follow instructions. Students will stay in an exceptional and typical mountain chalet hotel and will be able to enjoy a range of fun, evening team-building activities, from games to quizzes and fancy dress parties. 12 12

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Activities Include . . 5 Days of 5 hours’ tuition from Falcade Ski school Ice Skating Swimming Mass Snow tubing Evening activities (quiz, bingo, fancy dress, etc.) 13 13

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The partnership between Carmel College and the Salesiano Colegio in Ibi is the College’s longest, existing, international partnership. While students have regularly hosted students from Salesiano, Year 8 pupils have also visited the picturesque town of Ibi, in the beautiful mountains of the province of Alicante, famous for its toy and ice-cream industry, as well as folklore (from the Moros y Cristianos Festival to the celebration of the Three Wise Men). At the end of their first year of studying Spanish, this trip is the perfect opportunity for pupils to put into practice their new knowledge, while developing their speaking and listening skills, within an exciting environment. Students will be able to develop strong friendships with their Spanish partners and, while improving their personal social skills, they will also increase their confidence in using the language. 14 14

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Ibi Students visited.. Our partner school, Salesianos The Town Hall presented by the Mayor The Toy Museum The ‘Moros y Cristianos’ Festival Museum The town centre on a treasure hunt with their partners Alicante Students visited.. The Castle of Santa Bárbara The promenade ‘Explanada de España’ The old town The San Nicolas Cathedral The beach! Benidorm Students visited.. Aqualandia with their partners Aqualympics Journal and Spanish lessons Football with partners A day with the partner’s families 15

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