Trips, journeys, overnight events

When asked about what they enjoy most at school pupils frequently mention the regular school trips that are organised. Older children also invariably mention the one week residential school journey. We believe that the vast cultural wealth London offers provides scope for some really exciting learning. We are extremely grateful to parents and carers for their generous support on these occasions. Without this it simply wouldn’t be possible for school trips to go ahead. Recently we have revised our arrangements for day trips. From henceforth there will always be two staff members accompanying children. In addition, we will be trying to ascertain a little earlier which parents will be accompanying children, so teachers know this information in good time, and certainly at least the day prior to the trip.

We have also reviewed our school journey arrangements and are keen to extend our offer to the children. Year 6 will continue to attend a one week residential trip in the Autumn Term. This will consist of some outddor, ‘outward bound’ style activities, along with some geographical and historical fieldwork. A meeting for parents and carers of pupils in Year 5 about next year’s school journey will take place this Thursday at 9.00 am in the Key Stage 2 hall. In 2011 the children will attned the PGL centre at Liddington in Wiltshire. We have chosen this site as it is nearer to school than where the children went for the last two years. We are also believe that there are some really intersting fieldwork opportunities nearby. We believe that the cost of the trip will be slightly less than this year.

We will also be changing the Year 5 camping trip. The location for this Summer Term event will be at the Thames Young Mariners’ camping site at Teddington Lock. Children will spend one night under canvas in on an enclosed site. We are considering them doing some closely supervised orienteering and walking part of the way. They will also do two water based activities at the centre. We feel that thios site is more secure than Barn Elms and that there is a greatwer range of exciting activities available.

Finally we would also like to offer Year 4 pupils a special experience. We are looking into a Spring Term supervised overnight stay at the school. Children will be carefully supervised by male and female staff and will sleep in single sex classrooms with an adult of the same gender nearby. The purpose will be:

  • To develop pupil independence by providing an opportunity for pupils to spend a night away from home
  • To enjoy a range of after school activities and a sleepover experience with school friends.

Further details will follow shortly. For these three special overnight experiences we will need the cost to be paid by parents up front, rather than after the event. As always fees can be paid in installments and anyone who is financially challenged will receive the usual support the school has always provided.

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