A SCHOOL trip gives teachers and students a chance to unwind and relate to each other in a different, less stressful environment. They provide a great opportunity for pupils to face challenges that can contribute significantly to their personal development.
Pupils may feel that they know their classmates and teachers well from the daily school contact, but the shared experience of adventure activity and sports builds deeper team relationships.
Educational tours, meanwhile, can bring history to life, awakening in students a new interest in subjects outside of the classroom environment.
The school trip has a long history in Irish education but is continually evolving.
Planning your School Tour abroad? At Tours4Schools.ie they offer trips that are affordable, educational, enjoyable and of course memorable! Tours4Schools are passionate about travel and offer a wide range of educational trips all of which can be amended to suit your group’s needs.
If you are unsure of where to begin, need some helpful hints or school tour ideas they are more than happy to offer their expert advice. Their special school tour team has a wealth of experience and knowledge of all their destinations..
Tours4Schools.ie is a Dublin-based school tour operator who is committed to offering high quality educational tours at the right price!
They are an Irish owned company and a fully bonded travel agent, part of the Club Travel Group, employing over 140 people. Established over 41 years Club Travel is the single largest Travel Management Company in Ireland To organise your school trip abroad
Tel: (01) 5005579
Topflight is Ireland’s foremost Ski for Schools Tour Operator, offering Ski trips to exciting and carefully chosen resorts in Italy, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, France, Andorra, Norway, USA and Canada, in addition to their multi destination Educational, Hockey and Soccer programmes.
They offer superb Educational trips to a huge range of European destinations, and a little further afield to New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vietnam and Cambodia among others.
As a specialist Sports Operator, they offer a wide variety of trips for the Soccer enthusiast. From an overnight trip to see your Premier or Scottish League heroes in action, to a Spanish or Italian League weekend, your adventure awaits.
They have a full and comprehensive Hockey Programme including the Schools’ Nations Tournament in the beautiful municipality of Brasschaat in Belgium during the coming October midterm break. They also offer Train & Play Programmes, which can be tailor made, to Belgium, Holland and Spain, with some destinations offering World Class Player Clinics as part of the package.
They are dedicated to student safety and assess each component of a tour individually. All air, sea and land travel provided as part of a tour complies with regulations set down by the appropriate regulatory body. They use a thorough auditing process to evaluate all accommodation they offer and copies of Risk Assessments relating to their coaching, accommodations and ski schools are available for inspection.
All travel is financially protected under regulatory bodies including CAR, ATOL and IATA, among others.
Their aim is always to exceed your expectations. Relax and know that they’ve got everything covered!
Check out their new website at www.topflightforschools.ie
Jump Zone Jump Zone is the ideal spot for getting rid of all that pent up energy. Specialising in school outings, parties and corporate entertainment, Jump Zone is the newest sensation to hit Europe, and the ideal location for your next school trip. With over 10,000 square feet of trampolines in Sandyford and over 15,000 square feet of trampolines in Santry, your group is guaranteed a great time. Group packages include mini Dodgeball competitions, open jumping, trampoline games, and a Foam Pit which has just been added to the Santry location. Groups of up to 100 can be accommodated at one time. The 20,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind indoor trampoline park in Europe, with trampoline jumping and dodge ball among the activities on offer.
For more information see www.jumpzone.ie or phone Sandyford Tel O1 2939356.
Zipit Forest Adventures
If the group is after more thrills, then maybe Zipit will appeal, at least to the adrenaline junkies. Zipit Forest Adventures offers four hours of tree-top, fun-filled adventure challenge in an outdoor setting. Activities range from climb poles and climbing walls to rope bridge, zipwire and even a BMX ride across a treetop bridge.
The cost is from €13.50 per pupil and supervising teachers go free. Zipit operates to the highest safety standards and the course is approved by CERES Control which is the leading inspection company in Europe. Additionally, all instructors hold the European Rope Course Association (ERCA) Instructor qualification and have undertaken First Aid training.
For further information on organising a school tour at Zipit Tibradden Wood or Lough Key Forest Park Co . Roscommon 051 858008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kippure Estate in the north Wicklow Mountains is the centre of Adventure and Field Study Activity known to many in Leinster. 12 years in existence it has been host to over 8,000 young people this year alone, along with corporate and private groups, all keen to participate in high rope and other outdoor adventure activities, as well as academic field work for primary and post-primary Biology/Ecology and Geographical Investigations.
Their Residential accommodation is in holiday homes rather than dormitories and their residential packages are keenly priced to suit most pockets. Programmes can be tailor-made for special teambuilding training such as for TYs, Prefects, or for classes that just need a little help to bond.
Kippure Estate is fast becoming the place of choice for Residential visits in Leinster due to their stand out accommodation, programmes, facilities and easy access from major national routes.
Ideal for attaining the Gaisce Gold Award.
Phone 01-458 3873/2889, email email@example.com or visit www.outdooreducation.ie.
Birr Outdoor Education Centre
Similar adrenaline-driven fun is on offer at the Birr Outdoor Education Centre with indoor rock climbing, raft building, kayaking, abseiling and archery on the menu. Birr Outdoor Education Centre provides high quality Outdoor Learning Courses within the Slieve Bloom Mountains and the River
Shannon. So whether you are organising a school tour, team event or a fun day out for your students or teachers – they can help. Specialising in offering safe, fun and educational courses for all types of groups.Birr Outdoor Education Centre was established in 1989 and are governed by the Department of Education & Skills, under the auspices of Laois & Offaly Education & Training Board.
For full day, half day and residential packages, which can include transport and food.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you’re looking for something a little less energetic, a trip to St Patrick’s Cathedral can bring to life the history of Dublin from Norman times to the present day.
The cathedral provides a wealth of learning possibilities across history, art, architecture and religion. The First World War is being remembered especially this year with a unique Lives Remembered exhibition.
A tour of the cathedral can also be combined with a free workshop, giving students a chance to take part in some hands-on activities while learning more about the cathedral’s history. In the Stained Glass Windows workshop, for instance, students make beautiful coloured stained glass windows using craft materials. The Exploring Sound workshop allows students to learn about the science of sound and the musical history of the cathedral. Working as a team, students play the model organ – the WOOFYT (Wooden One Octave Organ For Young Technologists). The Medieval Workshop encourages students to think about how the cathedral was built, who used it and what life was like inside it. Students participate in a range of different activities including using quills and ink to create a medieval script, creating brass rubbings, exploring an interactive map of medieval Dublin and arch building.
To make a booking for a free educational visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01 453 9472.
As unlikely as it might appear, Glasnevin Cemetery is proving to be a hugely popular destination for school trips. Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum offers an exciting and engaging education programme for Secondary Schools, allowing students to encounter the personalities and events which shaped Irish and world history in a unique and authentic setting.
Their expert guides offer a great variety of tours with strong history curriculum links. For language classes tours can be given in Irish, French and Spanish (advance notice required).
Re-enactments are available on request which will bring the experiences of key figures such as James Larkin, Patrick Pearse and Elizabeth O’Farrell to life for students. Their Schools Packs offer a range of resources which can be used in the classroom before or after your visit.
They also provide guidance and inspiration for Leaving Cert history students completing their Research Projects and offer a special practical course in Tour Guiding for Transition Year students. Your trip to Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum will be a fascinating and memorable experience which will capture the imagination of the class and promote further learning long after your visit has ended.
Tours can be adapted to suit your educational and scheduling needs.
Cost is €6 per pupil , including a tour and visit to the museum, complimentary admission for one leader per every ten visiting students.
Please contact (01) 882 6550 or email email@example.com to arrange your visit.
1916 Rebellion School Tour
The 1916 Tour was founded in 1996 by Lorcan Collins with the aim of showing participants the sites of the Easter Rising and explaining, in a concise and accessible fashion, the various events that shaped the Irish Nation. The tour includes Trinity College / Old Irish Parliament, the Customs House, Liberty Hall, the GPO, the Four Courts, City Hall and Dublin Castle. Collins is author of two books – The Easter Rising (O’Brien Press, co-author Conor Kostick) and James Connolly (O’Brien Press), part of the 16 Lives series (www.16lives.com). Collins has taken hundreds of school groups on the tour and also runs daily walking tours for adults (www.1916rising.com). He also lectures extensively in the US and last year was invited to Sydney, Australia, to give a talk on Irish history.
The tour is very entertaining and lively and is ideal for student groups of all ages. The Irish Times reviewed it as follows: “The 1916 Rebellion walking tour is a true gem. Fascinating, intriguing and eye-opening, even for those who have visited the capital before or who have lived here all their lives.” To book a tour for your school contact Lorcan directly by email at
Lorcan@1916rising.com or telephone 086 85 83 847.
Shackleton Endurance Exhibition
Relive the true life story at the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dún Laoghaire.
Aiming to complete the first sea-to-sea land crossing of Antarctica by foot via the South Pole, Ernest Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen set sail from Plymouth aboard their ship, Endurance, just after the outbreak of World War. IThey wouldn’t be heard from for nearly two years.
The Shackleton Exhibition at the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire presents the story of the men’s 22-month ordeal. The terrible adventure was a triumph of hope in the bleakest circumstances, and of faith in their leader, “The Boss”, an Irish-born doctor’s son whose achievements in polar exploration earned him a knighthood and, much later, cult status as an unparalleled role model for leadership in extreme circumstances: optimistic, tenacious and brave.
On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much, much more.
If you are unable to visit in person they can now beam the exhibition direct to you. Ideal for classrooms or organisations that want to learn about the Endurance Expedition but are too far away to make a visit possible. Very flexible on timings that suit you and very reasonable rates. See website for more details. Tel 01-236 0544 www.shackletonexhibition.com/
No matter what the occasion, whether it is a school trip, a school outing or transport to cheer on your school team, Bus Éireann Private Hire is on hand with a friendly and professional service for hiring buses or coaches to any event. With over 25 years experience, Bus Éireann offers customers a courteous and professional service from their highly qualified drivers. The Private Hire department in Bus Éireann can provide coach and bus hire to cater for any size group from their own fleet of modern coaches or from an approved panel of contractors who also have a selection of different size buses available with all buses fitted with safety belts as standard.
Each quote is dealt with individually and tailored to suit your particular requirements.
Call 9am-5pm Monday-Friday on (01) 7032420 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terracotta Warriors at The Ambassador Theatre Dublin
210 BC Emperor Qin Shihuangdi died. During his lifetime he ordered a spectacular tomb to be built in his honour. Because he was the first of his imperial dynasty he expected to last for 10,000 years, so his tomb was quickly forgotten. In 1974, farmers in Xian, in the Chinese province of Shannxi found the tomb of the first emperor when digging for a fountain. People were astounded when they heard that a huge, life size army of naturally crafted terracotta warriors had been uncovered. In 1987 this incredible treasure was declared a world cultural heritage by the UNESCO.
This exhibition has over 150 perfectly executed replications of The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, displayed on 800 – 1,000 m2 (10,000 – 12,000 sqft) of surface.
A section of the digging field number 1 in Xian in 1:1 scale is also on display. The cavern is equipped with over 100 life-size warriors, horses and warcraft. Around the digging hole is a 300m2 full color diorama of the original cavern site representing the vast size of the hole. Visitors can expect to be utterly transported on a journey through time through the use of mystical sounds, text and lightshows while the history of the first emperor of China and his army is narrated. Each figure is displayed under spotlight so one can expect to get a sense of the full magnitude of this important archiological find.
In addition to the tomb, there are 70 display cases to view, housing exquisite larger than life replications of typical Chinese people of the day, including governors, officers, horses, weaponry, jewellery, art & every day tools.
There will be a movie theatre airing a documentary on the intriguing history of the discovery of the Terracotta Army by the Chinese farmers in March 1974. Large scale images and text information helps to complete this extraordinary exhibition.
By Phone (24 hour): ROI 0818 719 300
The Ambassador Theatre Box Office open daily 10 am – 7pm.
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie