Thank you for your patience and support during this busy and difficult time.
We will soon be ready to refund payments for the tour. I understand our Accounts people will be in touch with you in the next few days to discuss tour refund options.
Regarding fund-raising money, as mentioned previously, we hope to consolidate these funds and send them through to our partners in Bali, namely the Bali Life Foundation. As you know this Foundation is active supporting homeless and under-privileged children and families in Bali. They provide schooling, accommodation and training and are making a big difference in the lives of these Balinese people. Although this is not the same as our students being on the ground in Bali, we hope they still feel they are making a difference to this organisation as a result of their efforts over many months.
We intend to meet with the student tour group later in the year to share the impact of their fund-raising activities.
Dear students and families of our Indonesia Service Tour 2020
What a disappointing week it has been for us all! We are devastated that, as a result of the Minister for Education’s directive on the 3 March 2020, we have been forced to cancel the forthcoming St Stephen’s Global service tour to Indonesia. I can’t say how sad we are for our students who over the past 6 months have worked tirelessly to prepare for this adventure of a lifetime.
I want to keep you up to date with our plans in response to this cancellation.
I will be endeavouring to recover all the funds spent on flights, transport, accommodation, entries and so on. I will need to contact all our in-country providers and partners to seek refunds on deposits and payments. This could take some time. All funds not recovered will be the subject of a travel insurance claim by the School. Our insurers have been notified.
All recovered funds from refunds and insurance will be returned to tour families.
I will be in touch via this blog to inform you of our progress.
I thank you for your patience in this regard.
Regarding the fund-raising money raised already, this money will be sent to our main tour support organisation namely the Bali Life Foundation. If students have any remaining fund-raising money please give it to the tour staff immediately so we can bank it and then distribute it to this needy organisation.
As you know from media reports there is currently a Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak affecting parts of the world.
We have been following this development very closely through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT – www.smartraveller.gov.au), Department of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as our medical and travel security agency International SOS (ISOS). We believe any decisions we make concerning our global programs should be based on reasoned medical evidence and advice from these authorities.
While we are very committed to maintaining the opportunities afforded our students through our global service programs, the safety and security of our students and staff is always a priority for us.
The current recommendations from the authorities, given our global service destinations, are that we should make no changes to our travel plans for now and that our global service programs should continue as planned.
As mentioned already, we are following this development every day and if the circumstances change and we need to alter, postpone or cancel any of our tours we will be in touch with our families/students immediately.
If you would like to discuss this further please be in contact with me (email@example.com)
This is a reminder that we have a tour meeting at Duncraig campus this Thursday 20th commencing at 3.45 or closer (depending on travel for Carramar students). Carramar students, MrDrake will transport you to Duncraig in the school bus. Please meet him in Charis House near his office immediately after school.
We do have a lot to cover so please ensure that you are able to attend the meeting. If you have any fundraising money please bring with you. Copies of passports are also required.
We have had a couple of enquires regarding who to email scanned copies of passports to. It can be sent to any of the our staff, Tim Drake, Tanya Ryan or myself Donna Lund. My suggestion is to send direct to me and I will forward to our Global/Service Learning Assistant who works alongside of me.
I trust you all had an enjoyable Christmas, we now have a big few months ahead of us with planning, fundraising and events. Below I have outlined dates that need to be diarised and we need to reiterate the importance of being at the cross campus meetings. There is only two each term leading up to the tour and they will be at Duncraig due to numbers allowed to travel on the school bus;
Thursday 20th February
Wednesday 1st April
Thursday 28th May
Wednesday 17th June
The quiz night is to be held on Friday 12th June at Cousins Hall, Duncraig. We will discuss the details of this event at our first meeting however start gathering interest from friends and family to sell tables. If you haven’t yet commenced approaching businesses for prizes for the quiz night, I encourage you to do so. I will again send a copy of the School’s letter that you can provide when making requests.
We will also need an up to date copy of your passport with photo and details on inside pages. Could you please scan and email to staff or alternatively bring along to our first meeting. We will also be arranging for your tour tee shirt sizing at the first meeting. Any fundraising money that you have raised over the holidays can be given to us at that meeting as well, or before and if you prefer. Please ensure that you are working on the fundraising effort, we do not want to leave it to the last minute.
If you have any questions, please post a message on the blog and we will be happy to assist. Enjoy the remainder of your holidays. We will see you all soon.