Principals

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​Your role

The principal is responsible for the approval of all non-adventure single-day excursions other than those that must approved by the school council.

Before the program commences the principal should have a copy of all the approval documentation. This includes detailed information that may be needed in an emergency such as:

  • the exact location of the excursion participants at all times, including during travel
  • the relevant telephone number/s through which excursion staff may be contacted in an emergency
  • the names and family contacts for all students and staff
  • copies of the parental consent and medical advice forms of students
  • a copy of the program's emergency response plan

Planning the excursion

To support your planning and to ensure you have met your responsibilities, use the Principal checklist ​ (doc - 71.04kb).

To begin planning your excursion, go to Planning.

More information

Principals must understand the common law responsibilities of school personnel, see: Legal liability.

See also:

  • Activity peak bodies - Resources.
  • Other teachers with recent experience instructing the activity who can offer an understanding of both the technical requirements and the educational context.
Read the Emergency and Risk Management policy
Available in the School Policy and Advisory Guide