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Is there such thing in Switzerland? Do kids go on trips or excursions for 3-5 days? And if so on what age?
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Is there such thing in Switzerland? Do kids go on trips or excursions for 3-5 days? And if so on what age?
It's not regulated and depends on every single school. In know schools where they go for one day trips up to the age of 10 or 11. In the 5th or 6th class they usually have something called "Landschulwoche" (exact translation is Country school week) which takes 5 to 6 days and where they explore a part of the country. Then in the 8th and 9th class it goes up to one week again. I know classes who have been in Italy or Germany.
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Re: School trip/ excursion

There are camping lager, and ski lager. One week in a tent or in a mountain house.
I don't know if it starts before year 5 though, and it is probably better
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Ski trips are also very common, most schools have one every other year, some every year, including primary. I went as a helper with our local primary school on an overnight camping trip to France- all the children came, including the 4 year olds- brilliant.

In the UK, ski trips, and in fact most trips- were for those who could afford it. Here where I live, all kids go, partly funded by Commune (village), Canton and fund raising- special activities, shows, sales, etc that take place thorughout the year to ensure all can afford to go. Parents do have to pay something, but very little- and if parents are on social help or unemployment, etc, then funds are found to help.
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Ski trips are also very common, most schools have one every other year, some every year, including primary. I went as a helper with our local primary school on an overnight camping trip to France- all the children came, including the 4 year olds- brilliant.

In the UK, ski trips, and in fact most trips- were for those who could afford it. Here where I live, all kids go, partly funded by Commune (village), Canton and fund raising- special activities, shows, sales, etc that take place thorughout the year to ensure all can afford to go. Parents do have to pay something, but very little- and if parents are on social help or unemployment, etc, then funds are found to help.
So you went as a helper, which means that not all parents can go, right? The teachers are responsible for the kids? I mean for a 4 year old it is really hard to go on its own, isn't it?
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I was asked as a helper as I am on the Education Committee here- and they know I am a qualified and experienced teacher, mother and grand-mother- due to age of children, they needed more helpers than teachers, and 1 per tent, obviously. I thought the little ones would cry during the day, but especially at bedtime- but none of them did- they were obviously with the teachers, and 'my' tent had some of the older ones, aged 9, including twins (one of the teacher's) Fantastic. No parents do not go as helpers (tbh because they are too often too fussy and protective of their own kids and a pain in the proverbial ).

I also help with day trips, be it cross-country-skiing, walking or even 'mild' caving, etc.

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I second that, parents are totally unwelcome.
I received a letter that said "And parents, no news is good news!"
That's it.
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It is brilliant.

Four year olds do go to school from age 4 in all the C/Kantons that have approved the Harmos system. It is compulsory in those C/Kantons (which include the whole of Romandie btw) :


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So you went as a helper, which means that not all parents can go, right? The teachers are responsible for the kids? I mean for a 4 year old it is really hard to go on its own, isn't it?
Can't speak for all of Zurich but the extent of trips up to at least 3rd grade round by us is usually no more than a day trip with no over-nighters until they are older.

I look forward to being able to send my son off on a longer trip because he is too used to mum running around taking care of his stuff, it will do him good to have to hunt around for his own socks and make sure he's in the right queue for breakfast.
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So you went as a helper, which means that not all parents can go, right? The teachers are responsible for the kids? I mean for a 4 year old it is really hard to go on its own, isn't it?
Four year olds are not even in school, let alone to be going on extended school trips!
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My 4 year old did! Well, we called it a school trip but it is actually respite care, offered once a year and is now the highlight of our year!! For our other "normal" child, overnight school trips have not yet happened - he is now 11 yrs old. He is very envious of the little one and his very exciting week away ... last year they went to Leysin and visited lots of exciting attractions in the region and were generally very spoilt. This year's trip is coming up in June and we are already planning what we are going to do while he is away!!
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Four year olds are not even in school, let alone to be going on extended school trips!
Technically they can be if their birthday is right before the cut-off date. Several in my son's class don't turn 5 until April, May or, in one case, June.
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Four year olds are not even in school, let alone to be going on extended school trips!
Both of my children entered obligatory schooling aged 4 - and their birthdays are in the middle of the school year so there were children younger than them.
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Re: School trip/ excursion

Here, you start the day after your third birthday.

Cut-off for classes is the end of the calendar year (i.e 31 December).

Don't recall multi-day trips until they were ten or so, though.

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Re: School trip/ excursion

There are also options for non-school based trips.

My daughter (just turned nine) will be going on a week long (seven days!) singing camp with her choir from the local Musikschule (music school) in the spring school holidays. She could have gone last year, too, but didn't want to.
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Re: School trip/ excursion

My 6 yr old went on a 4 night lager last year. With a local private school (not international). They took the entire Kindergarten. I was so surprised and it was hard for him but came back happy (happy he went, happy to be home).
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Lager btw means camp

Many charities and environmental groups, etc, run camps of all kinds, music, sport, mixed activities, skiing, etc, etc.

Here is one on Lake Neuchâtel shore, in Vaumarcus, which is managed by Olivier, a really nice guy who is actually a orchestra conductor: www.lecamp.ch

Here are detail of a course they will run in August- in French sorry (but if you phone Olivier he speaks good English):

Renseignements généraux

Dates du camp : du 2 août au 9 août 2014 Accueil : dès 15h30, ouverture du camp à 16 heures Clôture : le samedi 9 août à 10 heures Destinataires : adolescents nés entre
le 1er janvier 1996 et le 31 décembre 2003 Nombre de participants : environ 150 ados Prix : par participant: Fr. 390.-
pour le 2ème frère ou soeur: Fr. 370.-
pour le 3ème frère ou soeur: Fr. 350.- Réglement : CCP 20-1616-0
IBAN CH39 0900 0000 2000 1616 0
Nous examinons volontiers les demandes particulières Inscriptions : contact et inscription en ligne Direction du camp : René Gisiger, Chef de train
Tavannes (Jura-Bernois)
Yann Maridor, Enseignant
Neuchâtel
Nathanaël Morier, Ingénieur du son - Musicien
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Audrey Mouthon, Doctorante en science du mouvement et du sport
Fribourg
Annick Rebetez, Enseignante
Genève
Encadrement : environ 40 à 50 responsables bénévoles, formés VOILA et lors de nos week-ends de préparation. Le thème pour 2014 s'intitule : Non, mais allô la terre quoi ! Adresse pendant le camp : Camp Junior, 2028 Vaumarcus Téléphone d'urgence : téléphone d'urgence : (+41 ou 0) 79 700 25 24
(pour urgences, uniquement durant la période du camp)
En 2014 : Contact 90ème anniversaire du Junior

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Re: School trip/ excursion

It is Kindergarten rather than school.

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Four year olds do go to school from age 4 in all the C/Kantons that have approved the Harmos system. It is compulsory in those C/Kantons (which include the whole of Romandie btw) :

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Awww... you just destroyed the non-German speakers' vision of a 6 year old going away for 4 days with a crate of ale.
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Re: School trip/ excursion

Ski camp is popular, my boy is going for six days in March. Quite brave for a 9 yr old.
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