Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Year 7 Trip to Normandy July 2017

Dear Parent/Carer


During the week 10th - 14th July 2017, all Neatherd Students will have a week off normal timetable for Curriculum Enhancement Week.  For Year 7 this will consist of varied linguistic and multicultural activities in school.

In addition to this, we are also pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to 93 Year 7 pupils to spend five days in Normandy during this week.  There are so many benefits to such a trip:  linguistically it is an opportunity for our pupils to practise the language learnt in the classroom, to increase their fluency and confidence and culturally it provides invaluable insight into many aspects of French life and the history of this most beautiful of regions.  A comprehensive programme of activities has been arranged to enhance cultural awareness, including:  a trip to a French market with a task to make “THE best picnic lunch in France”, a visit to Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, a tour of the Bayeux Tapestry museum, and a show stopping trip to the historic and stunning Mont St. Michel.  The group will stay in a beautiful, traditional castle and there will be games and a magic show in the evening.  We have run this trip successfully for many years now.

The cost of this trip will be £380.00 to include all food, accommodation, excursions, insurance and travel.  We anticipate that there will be considerable demand for places on such a trip and regret that these have to be limited to 93. If you wish your child to participate in this activity, we would ask that you complete the reply slip overleaf and return to Mrs. Lambert.  An initial deposit of £130.00 will be required by Thursday 27th October 2016 and payments can be made via your ParentPay on-line account once the reply slip has been returned to Mrs Lambert in the MFL office before school or at breaktime. Those choosing not to use this system should make cheques payable to Dereham Neatherd High School and take to the payment collection area (outside Business 1) during Thursday morning break (11.10am-11.25am) only. (Note this is the only day we can receive cheque payments. Please bear this in mind when meeting deadlines).  Cash is no longer accepted in school.   The initial deposit is required to secure a place with the tour operator.  A letter giving exact details of a payment schedule will then follow once your student has secured a place on the trip but we expect payments to be during January and March.  Please note that if demand should exceed availability, participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and that your student may go on a waiting list.

It is important to note that your child will need his/her own passport and a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to be able to take part in this trip. 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.  Would you also please read the attached information sheet regarding School Policy on Behavioural Concerns and return the reply slips plus the reply slip overleaf to Mrs Lambert.

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.

If you have any questions about the trip or would like to clarify any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs. J. Lambert
Head of MFL                                                                                                                                         ………………………………………………………….…………..…………...….

REPLY SLIP:  To be returned to Mrs Lambert (Head of MFL) asap in the MFL office and by 14th October 2016.  The initial deposit of £130.00 will have to be paid by 27th October 2016.

I would like my son/daughter_____________________________ of Form __________ to participate in the proposed trip to Normandy during Curriculum Enhancement week 2017.  I agree to complete a Personal Information and Consent Form providing health and dietary information, etc, in respect of my son/daughter at a later date in order that he/she may take part.   I accept that if demand exceeds availability the 93 participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. I accept that if no deposit is made by Thursday, 27th October, my student’s place on the trip may be given to a student on the waiting list.

Signed ______________________________________(Parent/Carer)       Date _____________

Name _____________________________________(Please print)