Student Tours – Explore and Conquer

At Kennedy Baptist College, we believe in the transformative power of travel. We aim for our students to foster a deeper understanding of different cultures, histories and landscapes while encouraging students to step out of their comfort zone and embrace new perspectives.

We are delighted to present an array of enriching travel experiences specifically designed for the students of Kennedy Baptist College. Our tours are crafted to provide an extraordinary blend of adventure, education, and personal growth opportunities.

Our tours go beyond the classroom, allowing students to expand their horizons and develop essential life skills. They will have the chance to explore new destinations, conquer personal challenges and create lifelong connections with their peers.

Expression of interest

Our next intake for expressions of interest will be in Term 3 of 2024. Look out for further details then.

Limited places

All tours have limited places available. When multiple tours are offered to a year group, students are encouraged to apply for more than one tour, indicating their preferences. The tour coordinators will jointly consider the expressions of interest for these tours and endeavour to offer places based on students’ tour preferences, however, this may not always be the case. 

Offers of place will be communicated to the parents/guardians after the selection process. 

Our tour coordinators are available to address any concerns or queries you may have, and they can be contacted through their respective email addresses or you can view the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Tours Overview

To help plan for your child/ren to participate in one of the many optional trips and tours offered through Kennedy, please find some brief information regarding these opportunities below. Please note that details are subject to change and more information will be advertised closer to the individual trip or tour date.

Note: Chinese and French Languages tours are only open to students in the respective language class.

Tours on offer in 2024 and 2025

Unless otherwise indicated, the following tours run annually.

Canberra & Sydney Study Tour

This tour provides students with an opportunity to travel to both Sydney and Canberra, and experience a range of highlights on a friendly, supportive, and educational tour.

Students will visit our Nation’s Capital and learn about our Federal Government and its central role in our nation.

They will be able to link what they learn in the classroom about Australian civic and government institutions to a hands-on, action-packed experience purposefully designed for their age group. This tour is loaded with fun!

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Years 8&9
Timing/Duration: October holidays (8 days)
Estimated Cost: $2,500

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Greg Newell
Bursar
gnewell@kenendy.wa.edu.au

8 Day Tour Highlights

Sydney – 2 nights
(Accommodation at YHA Rocks)

  • Maritime Museum
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Circular Quay
  • Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • National Institute of Dramatic Arts
  • Bondi Beach
  • Paddy’s Markets
  • Ferry ride to Manly
  • Darling Harbour

Canberra – 5 nights
(Accommodation at Canberra Park)

  • Questacon
  • High Court
  • Parliament House (new)
  • Australian War Memorial
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • Museum of Australian Democracy
  • National Film & Sound Archive
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Laser Tag
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Go Karts
  • Shopping

Cambodia Mission Tour

The overall purpose of the tour is to provide our students with opportunities to expand their horizons, serve others and gain a greater understanding of themselves.

In Cambodia, we partner with Transform Cambodia for our students to conduct service work in the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh. Specifically, we will be working alongside the Transform Cambodia team to teach spoken English to children. We work with Transform Cambodia to ensure the volunteer work undertaken by the senior students is in a positive and safe environment and is part of an integrated and effective education program.

Kennedy has also partnered in the long term with Transform Cambodia by sponsoring a centre to the city’s south-east.

Alongside serving and teaching in Cambodia, we also visit many cultural and historical sites including the wonders of Angkor and the memories of the Khmer Rouge. Students will have the opportunity to explore Cambodia as it was, as it is and get a glimpse of what it will be.

Like any overseas trip there will be opportunities to try new foods, shop, explore, learn traditions, and sample the wonders of another nation. While this is a service-based trip, there is certainly a whole lot of fun and discovery along the way.
We hope you consider joining us on this wonderful journey.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Year 11s
Additional year group/s considered for this tour: Year 10s
Travel Dates: End of Term 2 holidays (Returning in 2nd Week)
Estimated Cost:From $4000 – $4500

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Liam Austen
lausten@kennedy.wa.edu.au 

13 Day Tour Highlights

Part 1 (6 Days)

  • Exploring Phnom Penh
  • Teaching at Transform Cambodia’s Kennedy Centre
  • Touring around Phnom Penh

Part 2 (3 Days)

  • Weekend away in Siem Reap
  • Visiting the ancient temple of Angkor
  • Recovering by the pool

Part 3 (4 Days)

  • Teaching at Transform Cambodia’s Kennedy Centre
  • Celebrating with the centre’s students
  • Final Farewells in Phnom Penh

Newman Indigenous Tour

The tour provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the Indigenous culture of the Pilbara region and to build relationships with Indigenous people, through meaningful conversations.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Year 11s
Additional year group/s considered for this tour: Year 12s (General students)
Travel Dates: Last week of Term 3/Holidays
Monday 16 September to Wednesday 25 September 2024

Estimated Cost:From $3000

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Murray Dunstan
mdunstan@kennedy.wa.edu.au

10 Day Tour Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of the Pilbara
  • BHP Mt Whaleback Mining Tour
  • East Pilbara Art Centre Tour

Jigalong

  • Visit the Martu students at Jigalong Remote Community School
  • Classroom fun with the students
  • Play cricket on the oval and basketball at the courts

Rabbit Proof Fence

  • Visit the Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Learn about this historical place where Molly and Daisy returned in 1931, after walking 2400km over nine weeks to be reunited with family
    East Pilbara Arts Centre
  • Participate in a range of cultural experiences.

Karijini National Park

  • Swim in the Gorges
  • Go stargazing at night

 

 

New Zealand Ski Tour 2024 (Biennial)

The New Zealand Ski Tour provides students with an active skiing adventure in New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

This tour is suitable for students with or without prior ski or snowboarding experience. Students are encouraged to physically challenge themselves in the Alpine environment and take their skiing/snowboarding abilities to the next level.
The highlights of the tour include four full days of skiing/snowboarding at Cardrona Alpine Resort and optional jetboating or bungy jumping. Students also have opportunity to explore Queenstown and its beautiful surrounds.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Year 10s
Additional year group/s considered for this tour: Year 11s
Travel Dates: (End of Term 2 Holidays) 22 to 29 June 2024

Estimated Cost: From $5300

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Jon Groom
jgroom@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

Day 1

  • Frisbee golf on the shore of Lake Wakatipu
  • Sunset luge ride on the slopes of Ben Lomond reserve
  • Buffet dinner overlooking Queenstown and the Remarkables Mountains

Day 2:

  • Ski lessons
  • Full day of skiing/snowboarding at Cardrona

Day 3:

  • Ski lessons
  • Full day of skiing/snowboarding at Cardrona

Day 4:

  • Ski lessons
  • Full day of skiing/snowboarding at Cardrona

Day 5:

  • Optional: Jetboat on the Shotover River
  • Optional: Bungy jump at the Kawarau Bridge
  • Shopping in Queenstown

Cambodia Leavers Tour

This tour provides our Year 12 Leaving students with opportunities to expand their horizons, serve others, and better understand themselves.

In Cambodia, we partner with Transform Cambodia for our students to conduct service work in the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh. Specifically, we will work alongside the Transform Cambodia team to teach spoken English to children. We work with Transform Cambodia to ensure the volunteer work undertaken by the senior students is in a positive and safe environment and is part of an integrated and effective education program. Kennedy has also partnered in the long term with Transform Cambodia by sponsoring a centre to the city’s south-east.

Alongside serving and teaching in Cambodia, we also visit many cultural and historical sites including the wonders of Angkor and the memories of the Khmer Rouge. Students will have the opportunity to explore Cambodia as it was, as it is and get a glimpse of what it will be.

Like any overseas trip, there will be opportunities to try new foods, shop, explore, learn traditions, and sample the wonders of another nation. While this is a service-based trip, there is a lot of fun and discovery along the way.
We hope you consider joining us on this wonderful journey.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Year 12s
Travel Dates: Straight after Graduation (Returning in the first week in December)

Estimated Cost: From $4000-$4500

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Mark Burgess
mburgess@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

Part 1 (6 Days)

  • Exploring Phnom Penh
  • Teaching at Transform Cambodia’s Kennedy Centre
  • Touring around Phnom Penh

Part 2 (3 Days)

  • Weekend away in Siem Reap
  • Visiting the ancient temple of Angkor
  • Recovering by the pool

Part 3 (4 Days)

  • Teaching at Transform Cambodia’s Kennedy Centre
  • Celebrating with the centre’s students
  • Final Farewells in Phnom Penh

USA International Tour 2025 (Triennial)

Visiting New York, Washington DC and Orlando, this cross-curricular tour takes in all the big-ticket tourist sights including the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Smithsonian Museums, Kennedy Space Centre, Disneyland and Universal Studios. It is an opportunity to experience the vibrant culture of the USA whilst developing key organisational skills and responsibilities.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Years 10 & 11
Additional year group considered for this tour: Year 12 General Students
Travel Dates: (End of Term 1 Holidays) 5 April 2025 – 23 April 2025

Estimated Cost: From $9500

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Rick Cricelli
rcricelli@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

New York City

  • Broadway
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Rockerfeller Centre
  • Times Square
  • Central Park
    And more…

 

Washington DC

  • Smithsonian museums
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • National Zoo
  • National monuments tour
    And more…

 

Orlando

  • Kennedy Space Centre
  • Disneyland
  • Universal Studios
  • Outlet shopping
    And more…

French Linguistic and Cultural Exchange Tour 2024 (Biennial)

Embark on an extraordinary French Linguistic and Cultural Exchange Tour that will immerse you in the heart and soul of France. This unique journey is crafted to give students a remarkable opportunity to explore the French culture, delve into the everyday lives of ordinary French people, and hone their French language skills beyond the confines of the classroom. Join us and witness the transformative power of cultural exchange.

Purpose of the tour:

  • Discover the French Culture:
    Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of French culture, unravel its traditions, and broaden your horizons through firsthand experiences.
  • Experience Everyday French Life:
    Step into the shoes of ordinary French people, live with a host family in Provence, and embrace the authentic rhythm of daily life in France.
  • Language Skills Development:
    Enhance your French language skills through immersive interactions, meaningful conversations, and real-world language practice.

Please note: This tour is only open to students taking French as their elective subject.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Years 11 & 10 respectively
Travel Dates: (Term 3 Week 10 + 2 weeks of holidays)

Estimated Cost: From $6500

Tour Coordinator:
Mme Maryleen Henri
mhenri@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

Homestay in Provence:
Immerse yourself in the idyllic charm of Provence as you live with a carefully selected host family. Experience daily life, share meals, and engage in cultural activities, allowing you to deepen your understanding of French customs and traditions.

Paris Exploration:
Embark on a captivating adventure in the mesmerizing city of Paris. Discover iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Delve into the vibrant atmosphere of Montmartre, stroll along the Seine River, and savor the exquisite flavors of French cuisine.

Chinese Language and Cultural Tour 2024 (Biennial)

Join us on an unforgettable journey as we embark on a Chinese Language and Culture Tour like no other. Our tour is designed to provide immersive experiences, maximize your language skills, and deepen your understanding of Chinese culture.

Purpose of the tour:

  • Maximize Language Skills:
    Immerse yourself in face-to-face interactions to practice and utilize your Chinese language skills to their fullest potential.
  • Experience Chinese Culture:
    Immerse yourself in an environment that offers a deep understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture.
  • Study Chinese Culture and Customs in Southeast Asia:
    Explore the unique customs and traditions of Chinese communities in Southeast Asia.
  • Develop Self-Identity:
    Discover your own cultural roots, adaptability, and language learning style while gaining a broader perspective of different cultures.

Please note: This tour is only open to students taking Chinese as their elective subject.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Years 10 & 11
Travel Dates: (Term 2 School holidays)

Estimated Cost: From $4500

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Alvin New
anew@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

Chinatown Exploration: Uncover the fascinating history of Chinatown in Singapore and delve into the vibrant life of the Chinese community.

Chinese Heritage Centre: Step into the past and gain insights into the heritage and contributions of Chinese immigrants in Singapore.

Haw Par Villa: Experience the mystical beauty of this unique park while learning about the legends and stories of Chinese mythology.

Singapore Chinese Culture Center: Immerse yourself in a cultural extravaganza featuring exhibitions, performances, and interactive activities.

Night Safari Zoo and Singapore River: Embark on a mesmerizing River Cruise to appreciate Singapore’s wildlife and scenic river views.

Cultural Exchange Program: Engage in a cultural exchange at Hwa Chong International School, where you will participate in Chinese classes and classroom activities.

Cultural Workshops: Discover the art of tea appreciation at Yixing Xuan Teahouse, unleash your creativity in Chinese Ink Painting and Calligraphy workshops, and master the art of Chinese cuisine in a cooking class at the Cooking Kitchen Studio.

Place Learning Activities: Apply your language skills in real-life situations, such as shopping in local markets, ordering food in Chinese restaurants, and navigating the Chinatown Amazing Race.

European
Study Tour 2026 (Triennial)

Immerse yourself in a remarkable European study tour that will expand your understanding of various high school curricula and expose you to the cultural, economic, and scientific significance of Europe.

Students will learn about the cultures and institutions that have shaped the histories of many European nations and their ongoing legacy of global reach.

This is a culturally immersive experience of three significant and dynamic European cities – Berlin, London and Rome, where students will have the opportunity to develop their self-confidence in the unfamiliar, to grow their empathy; and to broaden their world view.

Year group prioritized for this Tour:  Years 11 & 12(General Students)
Additional year group considered for this tour: Year 10
Travel Dates: 2026 End of Term 1 Holidays

Estimated Cost: From $TBC

Tour Coordinator:
Mr Blaire Gersbach
bgersbach@kennedy.wa.edu.au

Tour Highlights

Berlin

  • Berlin Bike Tour
  • Berlin Walking Tour (Cold War)
  • Jewish Museum
  • Pergamon Museum
  • Blue Man Group

Rome

  • Collesum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon
  • Vatican and St Peters Basilica
  • San Siro Stadium Tour
  • Cooking class
  • Pompei

London

  • Westminster Abbey
  • Houses of Parliament
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Oxford University
  • Warwick Castle and the Cotswolds
  • Shakespeare Globe and Borough Markets
  • British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Natural Sciences Museum and Tate Modern Gallery
  • West End musical
  • London Walking Tour (Jack the Ripper)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The College will run an annual Tour Promotion campaign, during which students will be able to complete an Expression of Interest in attending a tour. This year’s Tour Promotion will be in Term 3, week 2.

After this, the relevant tour coordinators will assess the applicants and invite selected students and their parents/guardians to an information session. At this session parents/guardians will be provided an Acceptance of Offer form to take home, complete and sign. This is the point of formal commitment to the tour for students and parents/guardians.

Tour coordinators may then run further information and training sessions in preparation for that tour.

Students who exhibit good behavior, participate in community service, show academic progress, and engage in College activities are eligible for tours. To be considered for a tour, students must ensure that their fees are paid and up-to-date, and they should maintain this status throughout the payment plan for the tour. Depending on the type of tour, there may be additional requirements. tour.

In this case, parents/guardians will forfeit any costs incurred in providing that place to their child unless another student is on the waiting list (if used) able to fill that place.

Occasionally, a tour might run with the minimum viable number of students; therefore, any student cancellation might make the entire tour unviable. Whilst tour coordinators try to maintain a buffer margin and a waitlist, parents/guardians should note that cancellation may still result in them being liable for the full tour fee as if their child was attending the tour.

For the international tours, students/parents are required to acquire valid passports (valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date). Often these passport details are needed at the time of making final payments for flights. As such, parents/guardians are encouraged to acquire passports for their child in a timeous manner after accepting an offer of place on a tour. Relevant visas are acquired as part of the tour fees and process.

 

Whilst tours are a great way for students to get away from home and experience something new, there are often easy ways to stay in contact with home; either by purchasing an international sim card or through Wi-Fi hotspots at their destinations.

All travelling staff will carry mobile phones with the relevant sims needed to stay in touch with the College and parents/guardians. In the case of any emergency, travelling staff and/or the College Principal will be in communication with parents.

Generally, no. However; the tour coordinators will communicate with travelling students regarding any emerging medical requirements for their particular destination. We recommend a conversation with your family GP about your own unique health situation.

You can take a look at this brochure for more information or reach out to the tour coordinator to find out more details.

All tours will run an information session for students and parents to attend with more details pertinent to the tour.

Yes, our staff members who are on tour are trained in first aid and will carry necessary supplies. Moreover, our College has international insurance and emergency medical care facilities to ensure superior care for any staff or students who may get injured.

We make sure to accommodate all dietary needs during our tours. Moreover, our staff are equipped with necessary medications for students with anaphylaxis or allergies.

Where the College’s insurance cover covers these circumstances, the College will attempt to recover any costs incurred and reimburse parents accordingly. Whilst on tour, the tour coordinator and travelling staff will do their best to adapt to these circumstances.

All travelling students will be informed on being culturally sensitive whilst on tour. This is of notable importance on the Cambodia and Indigenous Tours, where training is provided in the terms leading up to the tour.

All students from Kennedy Baptist College who are on tour must adhere to the College’s Student Code of Conduct. Any student who violates the behavioral standards will be immediately sent home, and the expenses incurred will be borne by their parent or guardian. Detailed information about the tour and its regulations will be provided during the tour information sessions.