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Important Information


Supervision of students
Secondary students spend part of their visit on board our research vessel the Penghana. Due to limited space, most classes are split into two groups – alternating between Penghana and activities at the MDC. The visiting teacher is usually responsible for supervising students at the centre while the MDC teacher supervises the students on Penghana. Please note that for duty of care reasons the group at the MDC cannot usually be supervised by non-teaching staff (e.g. a parent or teaching assistant).


It is the visiting teachers responsibility to ensure that their students:
⦁ Treat animals in the touch tank carefully – please see information below.
⦁ Use IT and scientific equipment carefully to avoid damage
⦁ Ensure students do not change any settings, or take unnecessary photographs, on MDC iPads or tablets
⦁ Are respectful of any other visiting school groups, taking particular care if there is an early childhood group also visiting


Mobile phones and valuables
Photography of the animals is perfectly fine and the MDC does not have a policy on students bringing personal mobile phones, however NO RESPONSIBILITY is taken for electronic equipment or any valuables.  If the visiting teacher wishes, we can organise for phones or valuables to be locked in the staff office.


Medications and first aid
Please ensure you bring any medication students might need.  We have first aid kits at the centre and on RV Penghana.


Weather appropriate clothing
Students will be outside for between one and three hours.  Please ensure students have weather appropriate clothing, including sun protection, jumpers and covered shoes.  We do have a small number of spare jackets, but for duty of care reasons we will not include any student on RV Penghana without appropriate clothing or footwear.


Payment and cancellation policy
Your school will be invoiced for your visit.
⦁ Cancellation of a booking 30 or more days prior to your visit: $65
⦁ Cancellation of a booking less than 30 days prior to your visit: 50% of the fee
We reserve the right to postpone a booking in the event of extreme weather conditions.


Supervising Students at the Touch Tank
Students are encouraged to hold and examine the invertebrates in the touch tank. A supervising adult needs to be present when students are picking up animals from the touch tank.
⦁ Students should wash their hands BEFORE and AFTER handling animals (health reasons for the animals and students!).
⦁ The animals all breathe oxygen from the water not the air, therefore keep time out of the water to a minimum.
⦁ Students should hold animals carefully and keep the animals over the tank when examining them (ensure students don’t drop animals or squeeze or damage them).

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