Read top school’s sad explanation after abruptly cancelling iconic overnight camp: ‘It’s the pinnacle of their primary school experience’
- Doubleview Primary School in Perth cancelled Year 6 camp
- Principal cited teacher’s workload as reason for it
- Dietary requirements and medical conditions also considered
Parents at a highly-rated public school have been told their children will not go on Year 6 camp because of concerns about teacher’s workload and the amount of dietary requirements the students have.
The Doubleview Primary School, in Perth, told parents last week the annual two-night excursion at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp would not go ahead.
Students will instead get one activity day over each of the four terms.
The decision was made due to a range of factors such as the cost, ‘teacher workload’, the lack of a school nurse to travel with and the school’s ability to cater and monitor an ‘increasing number’ of dietary requirements and medical conditions.
The school has received 11 complaints about the camp’s cancellation.
Doubleview Primary School, in Perth, told parents last week the annual two-night excursion at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp would not go ahead
Doubleview Principal Greg Fisher in a response to one complaint said teachers had ‘expressed frustration’ about the camp.
‘As the employer, my responsibility is to support them with their decision and to follow industrial agreements as prescribed by Department of Education concerning the workplace,’ he wrote, as reported by The West Australian.
One mother of a Year 6 student, Kath Clements, said both the kids and parents were disappointed, even more so given Covid had already disrupted their children’s schooling experience.
‘If you ask an 11 or 12-year-old kid, the pinnacle of their primary school experience is going on camp,’ she told the publication.
She was also concerned about children entering high school without experiencing a night away from home.
Jo Harris, Director of Education, North Metropolitan Regional Education Office, said the school recognised there were ‘important rites of passage’ for students transitioning from primary to high school.
Year 6 students at Doubleview Primary School will instead get one activity day over each of the four terms – instead of school camp
‘These rites of passage take a range of forms including camps,’ he said.
‘During Covid-19, there were disruptions to many school events and, where consultation had occurred with school communities, amendments were made.
‘In this circumstance, the school has made the decision to continue with activity days each term rather than traditional camps. The school has been doing this for a few years and this has been discussed with the board, which includes parent representation.
‘The school has made a commitment to undertake consultation with its community later in the year to consider renewing camps for students.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the education department for comment.