"I Hear And I Forget, I See And I Remember, I Do And I Understand." – Confucius, 450 BC.
Experiential learning through field trips provides students the opportunity to engage in real-life experiences, while reinforcing content taught in the classroom. Research shows that students are not only able to recall factual information more easily after a field trip, but are also better able to make connections and think more critically than their peers without such experiences.
At CIST we plan to take our students on regular field trips where they will be exposed to real life experiences. This helps them become strong observers, evaluators and more flexible in their thinking. Field trips increase student knowledge and understanding of a subject and add realism to the topic of study.
A field trip consists of a group of students and their teacher going to a site other than their classroom to increase their understanding of curriculum related topics. The trip may include visits to a market, a bank, a factory, an art gallery, a hospital and a walking tour to learn about some aspect of the surroundings or some other type of educational experience.
We believe that effective planning must precede a field trip as learning can be maximized when field trips are well planned. Hence our field trips would be planned well in advance and our teachers would be trained to carefully choose the locations of the trips. While considering a field trip, teachers would discuss the purpose of the field trip and how it relates to the topic, as well as the follow-up activities with the head of their department.
We give utmost priority to student safety and as a result our teachers will collect permission slips before conducting any field trip. The school has a field trip policy in place, to ensure that the environment for any field trip is as safe as possible. Educational tours are also of great importance as they not only broaden the students’ outlook but also enhance their knowledge to a great extent. Cambridge International School of Tunis fully endorses the experience based learning philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with students in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values.
Depending on the nature of the school trips:
- There may be limitations to the number of students in order to ensure safety.
- The Student Code of Conduct and other CIST procedures will be applied.
- Specifically, you are not allowed to use, possess, distribute, purchase, or sell any prohibited item listed in Student Code of Conduct during school trips and excursions.
- Bring appropriate clothing, supplies, money, passport, visas and any other items as noted by trip supervisors.
- Abide by curfew (usually no later than 8pm or the one set by the supervisors).
- Make sure you are never alone; always be in a group of students of no less than three and always inform supervisors of where you are. High School students will be under direct supervision at all times.
- Remain in the areas designated by trip supervisors.
- Carry a copy of your passport or identity card with you at all times.
- As representatives of CIST, you are expected to present a positive and courteous image.
If the supervisor thinks that the behaviour of the student is unacceptable or unsafe, he/she may send the student to home at the parents’ expense. There may be additional school disciplinary consequences and/or loss of privilege to join future field trips and excursion.
The school and the staff members are not responsible for the loss or damage of any items.