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02.07.12 Year 9 History Trip to France

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See the Parental handout from the meeting on 28th May here.

Dear Parent/Carer,

Year 9 History Trip to WW1 Battlefields

The History Department is planning to run a trip to the battlefields and museums of World War One. The dates are Monday 2nd July – Wednesday 4th July 2012. As well as being an important part of our shared history, the trip will also provide an opportunity for social, moral and emotional development. The trip is open to all students in year 9 but we would particularly recommend it for those considering taking GCSE history next year as it will focus on developing the skills required of history GCSE pupils.

We propose to leave school early (around 2.00 am) on the Monday morning and travel to Ypres in Belgium via the Eurotunnel. Over the course of the three days, pupils will visit the ‘In Flanders Fields’ museum and the battle zone of Hill 60, witness the last post at the Menin Gate memorial and walk the battlefields of the Somme (looking at the preparations and fighting both above and below ground). Students will see important monuments and strategic towns. We should be back in Dereham by early evening approximately 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday.

An exact cost cannot be given until numbers are finalised but we estimate this will be between £170-£200, although we will need a minimum of 35 pupils to run the trip. If you would like your son/daughter to attend please return the attached reply-slips (the reply slip overleaf and the behavioural concern letter) with your non-refundable deposit of £50 to Mrs. Lovelock in the payment collections area (outside Business 1) any day except Wednesday during morning break (11.10am-11.25am). Places are limited to 50 and will be issued on a first come first served basis and for this reason payments will not be taken until week commencing Monday 12th March and will finish by Friday 16th March subject to availability. Cheques should be made payable to Dereham Neatherd High School. In order to ease payment, there will be the opportunity of paying the balance in instalments and we expect these to be during April and May.

It is important to note that your child will need his/her own valid passport and a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to be able to take part in this trip. I will ask for these to be collected immediately after the half term holiday week commencing 11th June 2012. Prior to your son/daughter travelling with us you will be required to complete a consent form and supply us with personal information regarding any medical conditions and special dietary needs that he/she may have. These forms will be forwarded to you at a later date.

Students whose behaviour in school has led to an exclusion (either internal or external) this academic year, will not be permitted to attend. Would you also please read the attached information sheet regarding School Policy on Behavioural Concerns and return the reply slip to Mrs Lovelock with your deposit.

Please note that in the event of unforeseen circumstances requiring your son/daughter to drop out of the trip, the school cannot repay any money already paid to the travel company unless the company returns the money to the school or the place can be filled by another paying student. Please note that if a refund is available this can only be made after the trip accounts have been finalised.

If you wish for your child to join us on this trip, you will be invited to attend a parents’ evening where we will provide a detailed itinerary and answer any further questions. In the meantime, if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr Mayhew
Head of History
 

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