Normandy Residential for Yr8

8 September 2014

Dear Parent/Carer


Leaving at approximately 2.30 am on Tuesday 30 June and returning at approximately midnight Friday 3 July 2015.

As you are most probably aware there was an opportunity to participate in a Year 7 continental visit last year. This year there is another opportunity to travel abroad and the focus of the Year 8 visit offers quite different experiences.

During the trip, students stay in a small coastal village in Normandy. They will visit the D-Day beaches and the Pegasus Bridge Museum at Caen, see the Bayeux Tapestry, visit the local town market and carry out language, poetry and art work.  The opportunities for students to develop their French and enhance their grasp of History are obvious, and the learning experiences the visit provides have proved to be extremely valuable for students in all of their subjects.

As a school we believe that such a visit will benefit the students in three ways:

1.                  As a boost to their learning of French at a time when language skills are increasingly                                      important.
2.                  As an aid to their studies in other subjects in the curriculum, particularly History and English.
3.                  As a valuable social experience and preparation for life generally.

Because we believe as a school that this is such a valuable experience we really do recommend this visit for Year 8 students.

The total cost of the visit is £375. The cost will include return coach and ferry travel from Dene Magna School, food, accommodation, entrance to museums, group passport, insurance and work materials.  We will require an initial, non-refundable deposit of £90 by Thursday 25 September 2014.

In the event that your child is removed from the trip for behaviour issues at school, the deposit, plus any other monies paid to the travel company up to that point, that are non-refundable, will be forfeited.  Stephen Brady (Headteacher) has the final decision on who goes on the trip.

We would stress that we do not want to put any student or family under financial pressure.  If you wish to discuss any particular difficulties please put it in writing to Stephen Brady.  Every conceivable care would be taken to ensure that any subsidies agreed would remain entirely confidential.

We have to pay deposits to the travel company at various points in the run up to the trip and therefore have produced this payment schedule in accordance with the deadlines set by them:

                        Thursday 25 September 2014             -           £90
                        Friday 7 November 2014                     -           £55
                        Friday 12 December 2014                   -           £50
                        Friday 30 January 2015                       -           £85
                        Friday 27 March 2015                          -           £95

Please consider these deadlines carefully as the deposit, plus all monies paid to the travel company could be forfeited should you change your mind at any point.

If you require any further information regarding the visit generally, please contact a member of the Normandy team either Fay Kibble or Janet Haworth.

If you would like to reserve a place on this trip for your child then please return the Reply Slip attached with a payment of £90.  Cheques should be made payable to Dene Magna School and all payments should be given to the Finance Office. The trip will be available to pay online until all available places have been taken.

Finally, the feedback from the students, their parents and staff who returned from this year’s visit only serve to confirm our belief in the value of the experience.  The current Year 9 students have given a presentation to the Year 8 students detailing the experience they had and sharing with them their feelings about the trip.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Janet Haworth
Normandy Trip Leader

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