School Visits

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We are delighted to be able to welcome school visits back to the Cathedral. We’ve taken steps to ensure that all our activities are run in a safe and effective way, with the health of staff and students our top priority.

A warm welcome awaits from our team of guides, who bring alive the wonderful history of the Cathedral as an ancient sacred space and its story of faith.

What we offer

  • We welcome learners of all ages, cultures, faiths and backgrounds to experience the Cathedral.
  • We work with school groups to develop creative and informative tours to meet learning outcomes.
  • We want learners to feel amazed, curious and eager to discover more.
  • We want students to feel able and willing to return.

Bookings

Advance bookings are required for both Guided tours and Self-Guided visits. It is strongly recommended that schools book visits to the Cathedral well in advance. Early confirmation of numbers and specific requirements allows the Cathedral to plan appropriately. Schools who do not pre-brook may have to wait or only be allowed limited access to the Cathedral due to other events and services.

Contact the Cathedral Office on 9653 433 or welcome@stpaulscathedral.org.au to make an inquiry or to book.


Important Information for School Groups

Arrival and Departure
The Cathedral is located in a very busy CBD location – teachers should make themselves aware of the hazards associated with crossing roads, alighting from or boarding transport and ensure active supervision of students at all times.

The Cathedral has no storage available for visiting groups. All belongings must remain on the person for the duration of the visit. No responsibility is taken by the Cathedral for personal belongings and it is recommended valuables are not brought onto site.

Ramp access is available to and inside the Cathedral. Lifts are available in the Cathedral Education and Ministry Centre.

Moving Around the Cathedral
Teachers are responsible for the ongoing supervision of students at all times.

Public toilets are available in Federation Square.

First aid boxes are available in the Cathedral, however it cannot be guaranteed that a first aid trained member of staff will be on duty. All accidents/incidents must be reported to a member of staff either the concierge, verger or the events officer. In cause of an emergency or severe medical issue the Cathedral will contact 000.  Where students have special medical needs teachers or school support staff should carry with them the required medication for the appropriate medical response.

Food and drink are not permitted in the Cathedral. Water bottles with a lid are allowed.

The Cathedral is a major tourist attraction and also a place of prayer. Students and groups are asked to be respectful of other groups and/or visitors using the Cathedral during their visit. Please keep noise to a minimum.

Child Saftey Standards
St Paul’s Cathedral is strongly committed to safeguarding the children and vulnerable people who participate in our services and other activities. A copy of the Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct can be found here.

Emergencies
In the case of an emergency, Cathedral Staff will advise and direct all visitors on appropriate action. Cathedral Staff will provide direction to the teacher in charge of the group and this person is responsible for ensuring compliance with the directions by all students.

COVID-19 Information
We are continuing to monitor and follow government and diocesan guidelines to ensure the safety of all. For the latest guidelines, please see our COVID-19 Information Page here. A copy of our COVID Safe Plan can be requested at the time of booking.