The first S1 school trip is a residential outdoor learning course in Scotland. In 2018 this was two nights at Lockerbie Manor 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 different subjects. Examples for current pupils include a Battlefields trip to Belgium and France (History), and a STEM (Science, Technology, Enterprise, Maths) Trip to Berlin taking in the BMW plant, Jewish museum and German Museum of Technology. The school is also involved in the EU programme Erasmus+. In 2018 this saw students from Germany, The Netherlands and Sweden visit for a week-long programme of study, cultural visits and entertainment. A reciprocal visit of Trinity Academy pupils will follow.
Sports trips take place every three years and are for S4-S6. These tours are part funded by families and by fundraising activities and may cost approximately £2,000 per pupil. Previous tours have been to Australia and South Africa and involve students helping the local community as well as playing against local teams. The next such tour will be a hockey/rugby tour to Sri Lanka (summer 2019) for pupils in S4-S6 at that stage. 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!