Bendigo Senior Secondary College has cancelled the Paris leg of next week’soverseas trip on the advice of the Department of Education and Training following the recentterrorist attacks in which 130 people were killed.
Assistant principal Linda Lyons said the school was working with the department to alter the itinerary sothe trip could still go ahead while ensuring student safety.
“Of course the students aredisappointedthat they’re not going to be able to go totheir sister school,” she said.
“But they also understand that the school andour departmentsneed to make decisions that keep a balance between looking out for their safetyand supporting their educationalopportunities.”
Ms Lyons said the department’s decision was unsurprising under the circumstances.
“I don’t think any of us are surprised,we’re allshaken by the terrible tragediesthat we’re seeing coming outof areas ofEurope at the moment,” she said.
“Our hearts go out tothose familiesand you would hate to think that anythinglike that would happen within our own cohort.”
Ms Lyons said the German and Swiss legs of the trip would go ahead as planned but the school would monitor any warnings to ensure the students were safe at all times.
She said the school had strong relationships with its sister schools in Europe which would remain undamaged by the changed itinerary.
“There’s friendships that have already been established that won’tend as a result of not being able to go to France next week,” she said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade raised its travel advice for France to “exercise a high degree of caution” last week in response to theNovember 13attacks.
“We assess there is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in a number of European countries, including France,”the department’s website states.
“This heightened risk exists across the whole of France, including Paris.”
Travellers toGermany and Switzerland are advised to“exercise normal safety precautions”.
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