Knights of Valour Frequently asked Questions
FAQ: Do you make visits to individual schools or classrooms? -Due to cost of transport & trying to fit visits into our Tour schedule, we no longer visit schools but encourage them to participate in one of our educational events as they contain much more educational & excitement value for your dollar.
FAQ: How do the schools register to attend our events? Registration Protocol:-Please refer to our Registration Form for detailed information.-Online registration is preferred & the newly designed forms make it easy & fast.-Responding to educator’s requests, we have lowered the maximum # of attendees to avoid crowding , while also making the Pod groups smaller. -It is wise to give 2nd date options in case the 1st choice is sold-out.
FAQ: How much does it cost to attend a KOV educational event? Fees:The cost for 2017 is $19.00 per student.This fee applies to ALL attendees except those 2 yrs.and under from homeschooling groups. We allow a 1-10 ratio of free chaperones to paying students, this includes the teachers combined with any other adults.
FAQ: How and when is payment made? Payment Protocol:-Upon e-mail confirmation of your booking you will be given a specific time & date by which we must receive your final total# of attendees.-An invoice reflecting such will be sent the following day showing the amount of the cheque/money order to be processed.-All cheques are to be made out to “The Knights of Valour” & are due on the day of the event (except by prior special arrangement).There will be a reduction for those who cannot attend due to illness or injury only). It may be a good idea to have a couple of people on stand-by just in case.We will allow additional attendees only if there is still room available.-Your receipt will be emailed to the school before the end of that day’s event.
FAQ: What is your cancellation policy? Cancellation Policy:-Once registration is confirmed, your group is booked for the event.-If you cancel the entire group up to 30 days prior to the event, there is no charge.-Cancellation of an entire group less than 30 days before the event will be charged the full amount of the invoice.
FAQ: What happens during inclement weather conditions at outdoor event locations? Weather Conditions:-Our shows are “rain or shine” as long as it is safe for all (ie. Thunder &Lightning)-As each venue is different, we cannot guarantee full coverage but during bad weather we will try to make sure students & teachers are protected as best we can.-For outdoor venues, please have everyone bring garbage bags or thin outdoor cushions to sit on the ground. Not all these facilities have bleachers/seating or will allow them to be brought in.
FAQ: How many & who should be in charge of communication with the KOV? Teacher Contacts:-Please use at least 2 teacher/principal/secretary contacts in case of emergencies, illness or absenteeism close to the event date to make sure all deadline requirements are fulfilled &possible communication misunderstandings are avoided.
FAQ: What happens when we arrive__what do we do__where do we go?Arrival Protocol:-Shows begin precisely at 10:00a.m. & end at 2:00p.m.allowing use of regular school buses for many schools.-Upon arrival, remain on your bus as a Squire or Knight will come aboard and ‘kidnap’ the main contact teacher who will be escorted to our registry podium. She/he will then pay the ‘ransom’, paperwork will be checked. The Educational Pod Schedule &Map for your group will be provided at that time.-Your group will be escorted to an area where basic ground rules for that particular venue will be given after which you will be escorted to the main arena area & seated.
FAQ: How is seating arranged? are seats reserved? Can we choose where we want to sit? Seating Arrangements:-With rented facilities, each has different seating options available. Most are bleachers, so reservations are not possible.-We seat the first arrivals at one end of the arena workingour way to the other endkeeping eachclass/group together. As our show uses the entirearena,everyone gets a good view. We ask for your patience as these are not our facilities so we do the best with what is available.
FAQ: Do you have souvenirs for sale &what is the price range? Merchandise:-We will have assorted event-appropriate items for sale ranging from $1.00 up to $70.00-Note we accept cash only, so please come prepared.-Because we are on tour, we never know what will be available as we may sell-out of some items & not be able to have them replaced in time for the next show or at all.FAQ:How shouldstudents dress for the educational events?Costumes:-We encourage attendees to dress in appropriate period costume to enhance the immersion experience & so they will qualify to be chosen as a representative of the “King’s Court”.....also because it is just plain fun to be able to dress up!-Be sure to dress appropriately for the outdoor events in case of undecided weather conditions.
FAQ: What is the King’s Court? The King’s Court:-Our Lord Marshal will choose & discuss the importance/status of each of the following:1-King:1 –Queen:1-King’s Knight:2 –Ladies –in-Waiting:1 –Jester:1-Male Peasant:1 –Female Peasant-They will be seated on a special dais to oversee the morning show & preside over the various fighting, games and joust tournaments.-Each will be given a special prop to wear/hold during their court-time. (These will be returned to us at the end of the morning show& are the property of the KOV).
FAQ: What do we do for lunch_ is food available at the event_ what can we bring?-Please bring your own lunches as none is provided at our educational events. Food should be hand-held & able to be eaten quickly as time between the morning & afternoon shows is short.-You may need to eat on the bleachers or on the ground as not all venues have lunchrooms available.-Please be considerate of these venues in regards to garbage & take your refuse home or use the provided bins.-We do not wish to be refused the use of these venues for future events due to messes. We thank you for your cooperation.
FAQ: What is a“private event”?-This refers to our educational shows which are open to schools, home-schooling groups and those relatives (parents, grandparents etc.) who wish to take their students out of schoolfor the day to attend ourschool show. All must still use the same registration process as we need to track #’s keeping below the maximum.
FAQ: What is a”public event"?-This refers to Ren Faires, Festivals or our Evening Shows &are open to the public. Unless marked otherwise, tickets are $15.00/person (2yrs & under are free). Tickets are sold at the door (no reservations) & show begins at 7:00p.m.sharp. -These shows are for entertainment value& do not include our educational content.
FAQ: What happens to items that are left behind following an educational event?-All found items will be left on the venue premises....please contact the venue for info’.-Tell your students to keep close track of all cameras, lunch bags, back packs & clothing items.You’d be amazed at what gets left behind!
***We hope this has given you,our educators,the information required while saving your precious time,so you can easily plan your Educational Field Trip with the Knights of Valour. Should there be anything that we have missed, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Christine@knightsofvalour.ca or: Christine: (519) 428-2498
The entire Knights of Valour Troupe look forward to meeting your classes and amazing all with our brand-new “Warriors Through Ancient Civilizations”Tour. See you at one of the venues listed! Looking to furthering education through an exciting experience,“Lady Christine”Duchess of Norfolk Knights of Valour