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    Sons School Trip....Do They Think We Are Made Of Money!!!

    Just a little rant......

    My 14 year old son has been given the opportunity to go on ski trip from 27th March-4th April 2010 at the cost of..........£735!!!
    This is to Italy, by coach, and does not include all the skiing equipment eg. jacket, salpottes/ski suit, gloves, hat, goggles, ski socks or helmet.......alll which can be hired at extra cost. Now taking into account his spending money too.......no way can we afford for him to go!
    How many hours will it take to get there and back by coach? !!

    just wanted to share

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    19 hours 28 mins - 2,045 km
    Thats from Bristol to Italy via car

    Booooooooooooo ......... nasty mommy ... :whistling:

    Wow that is a lot of money!!!

    Has the school said they will have fundraisers etc to try and raise some money to help with costs?

    This is partly the result of paying for the teachers and staff to go with them. Probably (proportionally) cheaper to go yourself!

    Wooot?

    What School is it... Eton!?

    My school used to do the same thing 20 years ago.= - needless to say I never went ski-ing - only the fortunate kids did.

    I must admit though to having started a saturday job and saving to go on another more affordable trip. My mum matched the money I earned in order to save.

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    smithyp1;5461934

    Booooooooooooo ......... nasty mommy ... :whistling:


    I know, Im the worst mommy ever!!!!

    munnski;5461936

    Wow that is a lot of money!!!Has the school said they will have … Wow that is a lot of money!!!Has the school said they will have fundraisers etc to try and raise some money to help with costs?



    No, they dont help with any costs whatsoever!

    Celticsun;5461943

    Wooot?What School is it... Eton!?



    A local Comprehensive!

    I will never pay that to my son to go NEVER!

    You are paying for the teacher and helpers tickets with these school trips - there is not way it should cost that your whole family could probably go there by bus for a week for that amount

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    [email protected];5461941

    This is partly the result of paying for the teachers and staff to go with … This is partly the result of paying for the teachers and staff to go with them. Probably (proportionally) cheaper to go yourself!



    apalma;5461961

    I will never pay that to my son to go NEVER!



    Hubby says that if we wanted to go skiing we would go as a family and proprtionally it would be cheaper!

    Coach journey of almost a whole day? It sounds unpleasant anyway hon x x

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    ClarityofMind;5461994

    Coach journey of almost a whole day? It sounds unpleasant anyway hon x x



    My eldest went on a water-sports trip to Spain a few years ago at a cost of £400, we didnt think that was too bad and included all equipment.
    Feel bad that we have had to say no to his brother though,:-(

    OMG Bitsey that's unbelievable !! £735 before you start ! :w00t:

    I can't imagine there will be many takers for that trip surely !!

    bitseylango;5462027

    My eldest went on a water-sports trip to Spain a few years ago at a cost … My eldest went on a water-sports trip to Spain a few years ago at a cost of £400, we didnt think that was too bad and included all equipment. Feel bad that we have had to say no to his brother though,:-(



    The last school trip one of the girls went on cost about 500 for 4 days. I do think they overcharge really, but then part of it is the fun of being away from home.... but going by *coach* that far sounds silly, a flight might be cheaper!!

    thats pretty cheap, i have twin daughters and it was £1100 each for their school trip for 9 days, that includes 2 days travelling, so 7 actual days, we worked it out and the school profits by about £300 per pupil, when i queried the amount they said it was the cost of insurance that made it so expensive, needless to say they didn`t get to go, i think it`s disgusting that parents should be put in this position

    Considering the price you could go as a family

    we did it at our school nearly 14 years ago sking in austria, and that was over £600!
    i didnt go on that one either.

    http://www.myspacecomedy.com/images/funny/hospital-and-skiing.jpg

    You are saving him from killing himself . . . . .

    I'd want the coach to be madr out of gold for that much..... 3 of us are going to majorca for a week AI for less than that.

    Is there an educational purpose to the trip? If so, why not ask the Governors what they think about children being denied educational opportunities due to the cost? If it's not educational what's the point of the trip other than being very devisive? If everyone says no then they will have to think again. My lads never went on trips (other than exchanges) for this reason. Crazy stuff.

    Banned

    It's cool that schools provide this type of opportunity for pupils.

    They shouldn't have to restrict what's on offer just so they don't offend parents.

    thats cheap for skiing

    dont blame you for thiking this is a rip off,i went to presolana italy snowboarding earlier this year,got there by plane and then got a car to the slopes and i think it was about £650 for everything,seems so pointless loosing 2 days on a coach,

    At my school we went to ny for 10 days for 200 pounds.

    Same for my school. I wanted to go cus all my friends said they were. stayed at home (obviously becuase of the money) and realised that most of my friends actually wasnt going, Nice quite week at school with my friends

    xxxxxxxx

    ClarityofMind;5461994

    Coach journey of almost a whole day? It sounds unpleasant anyway hon x x



    It's good, actually. We did the same when I was at school, and the coach ride was pretty good fun. We started in the evneing time, stayed awake most the night messing around at the back of the coach and at the occasional service station (I think we stopped at pretty much every one we passed), and made it to Dover in the morning for the ferry over to Caliais. The ferry ride was great. Lots of fun. Took a few more hours to get from Calais to Belgium, which we spent bouncing away to Fatboy Slim and the like. Good times.


    It's £750 I'd spend on my kid, anyway.

    dxx;5462226

    It's £750 I'd spend on my kid, anyway.



    im not being funny, but you must be loaded!
    dont need to spend money, to show your children you love them
    with the ski gear and that its guna hit £1000!

    why not just take them for a day out instead as a family, to maybe drayton manor?
    brilliant day out, not were near that amount

    plus if you have more than one child, if you do it for the one, you should for the other.


    xxxxxxx

    My kid's school do this every year - they offer the opportunity to pay so much a month so it's not one big shock when the final bill comes through.

    It IS a lot of money, but they got travel to & from the resort, fed throughout, ski equipment hire, & taught in small groups with a local ski tutor.

    Looking at it another way, it's a small price to pay to get them out of your hair for a week:-D

    Thats ridiculous - is it a state school?

    Banned

    kerri_ im not being funny, but you must be loaded!dont need to spend money, to show your children you love themwith the ski gear and that its guna hit £1000!why not just take them for a day out instead as a family, to maybe drayton manor? brilliant day ou

    I don't think it's all bad... I mean if I could afford to send my kids then I would let them go.

    The school trips I've been on have been a fantastic learning experience for me. There's so much to gain.

    Also our school encouraged people to borrow ski gear from others. There are also shops that hire it out.

    Next do ski wear - though not this time of year - and you have ebay. A Ski Jacket can be a great winter coat for this country so not necessarily a waste of money.

    The cost of the trip is expensive of course, and there is always going to be people who can't even afford the cheapest of trips, but that doesn't mean that this trip shouldn't be offered at all.

    FilthAndFurry;5462357

    It's not about showing them you love them - it's about exposing them to … It's not about showing them you love them - it's about exposing them to new experiences.



    I agree on this one with you again F&F - is this a second?

    Sorry I am all for new experiences and highly recommend kids see as much of the world as possible, but a few days with the rich kids on a skiing trip a worthwhile experience does not make.

    Celticsun;5462408

    Sorry I am all for new experiences and highly recommend kids see as much … Sorry I am all for new experiences and highly recommend kids see as much of the world as possible, but a few days with the rich kids on a skiing trip a worthwhile experience does not make.



    Of course some of the kids are rich - but that doesn't make them bad.... My mum scrimped and saved with me to send me on one trip... so did some of the other parents.

    It was one of the most memorable and treasured times of my life.

    FilthAndFurry;5462357

    It's not about showing them you love them - it's about exposing them to … It's not about showing them you love them - it's about exposing them to new experiences.



    new experiences, if its anything like my school, nothing learned its just a mess about in the snow, off school for a week.
    x

    Butterflies;5462428

    It was one of the most memorable and treasured times of my life.



    Thats because it wasn't a given you were going, sacrifices were made and you were lucky to go, so you would have appreciated it a lot more.

    Unfortunetly not everyone has the room in there family budget to make these sacrifices.

    £735 is a months wages to some people I still maintain its a lot of money, I would certainly not let my child go there are many other ways and opportunities to broaden horizons and experiences that are within budgets.

    The thing that hinges the whole arguement is if schools (and some do) advise that trips like this are going to be offered a year in advance families can have a bit more warning to save £735 is just over £2 a day. Obviously it depends on family budgets though

    kerri_ new experiences, if its anything like my school, nothing learned its just a mess about in the snow, off school for a week.x

    Celticsun;5462497

    The thing that hinges the whole arguement is if schools (and some do) … The thing that hinges the whole arguement is if schools (and some do) advise that trips like this are going to be offered a year in advance families can have a bit more warning to save £735 is just over £2 a day. Obviously it depends on family budgets though



    Agreed here - and this is what our school did for the various trips it offered.

    I was lucky to travel Southern Europe for 4 weeks for around £300. We did pay into a weekly savings account with the school.

    FilthAndFurry;5462096

    It's cool that schools provide this type of opportunity for pupils. They … It's cool that schools provide this type of opportunity for pupils. They shouldn't have to restrict what's on offer just so they don't offend parents.



    Well said.

    Celticsun;5462509

    The only experiences I recall from these trips ( I never wen't, I hate … The only experiences I recall from these trips ( I never wen't, I hate skiing and coaches) was stories of sexual encounters on coaches, smoking and boozing.



    How can you experience something that you have not done?
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