Switzerland 2017

Fourteen travelled to Switzerland in February 2017. The main focus was scientific with visits to CERN and the Science Museum. However the girls found time for some sightseeing and chocolate factories as well……

Please find some photos of the trip at the link below:

switzerland 17 photo

*Skiing Trip 2018*

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are planning a five/six night school trip to the Italian Alps in March 2018. This tour is primarily a skiing trip but we hope to include cultural activities in the Milan area also. The tour is open to 4th Year students for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost of the tour will be approximately 899 euro. We are currently awaiting confirmation on airline seat prices.

The places on the tour will be allocated as per our School Trips Policy. This includes full payment of Transition Year fees on or before the dates we have already communicated to you.

Payment of deposit does not guarantee inclusion. The deposit of 150 euro will be due on Friday 31st of March. A second deposit of 250 euro will be payable before the end of the current academic year.

Could I also take this opportunity to inform parents that due to new aviation regulations:

Any school wishing to organise a school tour abroad must do so using a licensed tour operator or travel agent to arrange the travel package including accommodation and other services. All monies must be paid directly to the tour operator or travel agent, not to school staff or event coordinator.

This means that parents will be paying directly to our school tour operator, The School Tour Company. This payment can be made at the following link http://www.schooltour.ie/payment/ with the following code: 1304221

Further details relating to the trip:

Your price includes:

  • Dublin/Milan return on scheduled airline services.
  • All current taxes and charges.
  • One item of hand luggage per person (10kgs).
  • One item of checked-in baggage per person (15kgs).
  • 5/6 nights B&B hotel accommodation.
  • 5/6 evening meals at the hotel.
  • Coach transfers on arrival and departure.
  • 4/5 days ski lessons (4 hours per day).
  • 4/5 days ski hire (skis, boots and poles).
  • 4/5 day ski pass.
  • Emergency number while abroad.
  • Full insurance cover.

Flight details:

At the moment airline seats are not booked; therefore the above is based on the current schedule and estimated airfares. Early booking is advisable to secure the best price for your group.

Lavarone is situated between the plateaux of Folgaria and Luserna, The Lavarone altopiano comprises about twenty boroughs, the most important of which are Chiesa, Gionghi and Cappella. The Ski Center Lavarone is located in Trentino. It is a new ski resort, which offers its guests the opportunity to discover the taste of skiing immersed in a spectacular natural paradise.

One of the significant strength of Lavarone Ski Center is the fact that guests can walk to the bottom of the slopes and reach the top of Alpe Vezzena (1600 m), near Asiago in Veneto Region. Also, the wide range of slopes is suitable for any skiers.

Snow at Lavarone Ski Center is ensured thanks to its technological programmed snow-making system (100%). For those guests located far from the access to the slopes, we provide an integrated system of transportation. By buying multiday and seasonal ski-passes, guests can explore and ski other ski centres in the proximity.

Intrepid freestyle skiers will have fun in the “Avez del Prinzep” snow-park.

History

Folgaria, Lavarone and Luserna are three different communities which have in common historical experiences: the Cimbro-German colonization (X-XIII centuries) and the Great War (1915-1918) fought on the Trentino-Veneto front. To testimony this tragic event there still exist many Austro-Hungarian fortifications, the so called “Emperor fortresses”.

Language

Until the beginning of the twentieth century the people of Lavarone spoke Cimbrian, an ancient German dialect, this is still spoken in this region.

Lavarone’s official language is Cimbrian, but almost everyone speaks Italian. German is widely spoken too. English is also spoken by those involved in the tourism industry.

Après-ski

Après ski locally is quiet and informal throughout this beautiful, relaxing valley, however the après ski in Chiesa is lively and there are dozens of bars and restaurants.

Ski

Lavarone is a medium sized ski resort with 15 ski lifts that offers skiers access to 23 pistes (3 red, 19 blue & 1 black). The resort is a paradise for beginners and intermediate skiers. For instance, slopes are connected via blue runs allowing beginners and children to ski around the entire mountains.

China Trip April 2017

Information relating to our subsidised trip to China in 2017 is now available. Please read the following document carefully as parents now deal directly with the travel agent as per aviation regulations.

BEIJING FLIGHTS

Group Leader: Colm Dooley

Group Name: Jesus and Mary College

Date of Quotation: 1st June 2016

Tour price:
€899.

Your price includes:

  • Dublin/Beijing return on scheduled airline services.
  • All current taxes, charges and fuel surcharges (taxes are subject to change until time of ticketing, see notes below).
  • One item of checked-in baggage per person.
  • Airline check-in fees, if applicable.
  • Emergency number while abroad.

Flight details:

Saturday 1st April 2017

Depart Dublin 22:25, arrive Dubai 08:50    EK164

Depart Dubai 11:00, arrive Beijing 22:20     EK308

Monday 10th April 2017

Depart Beijing 23:55, arrive Dubai 04:15(+1) EK307

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Depart Dubai 07:15, arrive Dublin 12:05(Midday)  EK161

Please note that the above tour price is based on these flights at their current availability. Flight availability is subject to change at any time; therefore early booking is advisable in order to avoid any increases in fare.

Ticketing:

  • Airline and airport taxes on long haul flights are constantly fluctuating so please be aware that this price is based on today’s rate and is subject to change.
  • Taxes will not be fixed until the tickets have been issued, (Friday 2nd December). We cannot issue tickets until full payment has been received by all passengers, so at that time that your final balance is due we will advise you of the finalised taxes.
  • Please note that no changes whatsoever will be permitted once tickets have been issued.

How to book?

  • Link to where parents can make payments online http://www.schooltour.ie/payment
  • The reference number for the tour is 180417
  • Please make sure to have child’s name as per valid passport.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Deposit does not guarantee place as per school’s Trip Policy
  • Final balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure.

The deadline for the first deposit of €300 is Friday 1st July

The deadline for the second deposit of €300 is Friday 16th September

The deadline for the balance of €299 is Friday 2nd December

If parents wish to pay in instalments it is no problem at all provided that a total amount of €300 has been received by 1st July, that a total amount of €600 has been received by 16th September and that the full balance has been received by 2nd December. Of course they are more than welcome to pay in full at any time too.

Itinerary & reservations:

Once your flights are booked your file will be allocated to one of our experienced operations team. They will prepare and finalise your itinerary and make any necessary reservations.

Financial security:

We would like to ensure you that any monies paid to us are 100% protected and we are a fully licensed and bonded tour operator.  Tour Operator Licence No: T.O 256.