The first S1 school trip is a residential outdoor learning course in Scotland. In 2017 this trip was to Dalguise in March and cost each child around £150.
All S1 pupils were encouraged to attend and the trip involved a three-day trip (two nights away) and included activities such as abseiling and orienteering, and the time away provided a great opportunity for a new year group to mix. With such trips if there are difficulties in paying then families are encouraged to contact the school as the trip aims to be inclusive in keeping with the ethos of the school.
In previous S1 years there have been trips to the Science Centre in Glasgow and the chance to sign up for the Edinburgh International Book Festival at the start of S2.
There are plans for the 2016/17 S1s to have a trip to France in S2.
Further up the school, there are opportunities for trips and foreign exchanges for your child associated with social studies, expressive arts, foreign languages, hockey and rugby tours. For example, there is a trip to New York and Washington DC in June 2017 (S5 and S6 linking with history, geography and Modern Studies). This has cost nearly £2,000 per pupil with payments being spread over twenty months to make the trip more affordable.
Sports trips take place every three years and are for S4-S6. These tours are part funded by families and part by fundraising activities and may cost approximately £2,000 per pupil. Previous tours have been to Canada, Australia and South Africa and involve students helping the local community as well as playing matches against local teams. The next such tour will be a hockey/rugby tour to Sri Lanka in summer 2019 for the pupils who will be in S4-S6 at that stage. Therefore your child may have the opportunity of a sports tour in 2022!
One key difference from primary school is that trips are generally not for the entire year group, as it is impractical to take a group of 150 pupils, with impacts on staffing and cost. Some trips can be first come first served or can be optional which gives a different feel for parents compared with primary school, and greatly relies on information making its way out of schoolbags!