21 January 2015

Dear Parents

To commemorate the centenary of World War One, the History and R.S. Departments are proposing to take a group of Red House School pupils to the First World War battlefields in France and Belgium at the start of the October half-term this year.

The trip will be run in conjunction with NST, a highly reputed schools’ travel company. We intend to leave the School at about 00:00 midnight on Friday/Saturday 16/17   October, to arrive in the Ypres area by mid-morning.  A full programme of visits will then follow, including visits  to the Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, Tyne Cot Military Cemetery, Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Hill 62 and the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.  We will have a chicken and chips meal in Ypres that evening and then retire to our accommodation at Ypres Lodge.  After a continental breakfast the following morning, we will travel back to the UK.  If we have time we will try to make a stop at Essex Farm Cemetery on the outskirts of Ypres.  At some point in the trip, there should be the chance to visit one of the Ypres chocolate shops.  We should be back in Teesside for the late evening on Sunday 18th October.

While the trip has connections with programmes of study for both History and R.S., and pupils will find that it will aid their understanding of some of the work they will be doing over Year 8, 9 and the GCSE course, the trip is also worthwhile in its own right. It is important that future generations should be aware of the huge sacrifices made by their predecessors and some of the horrors of warfare at that time, and this trip allows pupils to gain some insight into these issues.  Because of the nature of the trip, it is aimed at next year’s Year 8-11 pupils (current Y7-Y10), irrespective of whether they have chosen, or intend to take, History or R.S at GCSE.

NST have quoted us a price for accommodation, transport on an executive coach, insurance, evening meal on the Saturday and breakfast and packed lunch on Sunday, entrance fees for all the museums and the services of a Guide who will be with us during our journey around the Ypres area. The accommodation will be in Ypres Lodge in Ypres itself.  If 30 pupils opt to go on the trip, the price will be in the region of £166; if numbers increase to 40 then the price will drop to about £136.  We are able to take a maximum of 42 pupils, and places will be reserved strictly in order of receipt of deposits.  These prices are subject to some variation but will be in the region of the figures quoted.  If the numbers are less than 30, then the price would increase.  We would contact parents at that point to see whether they are happy to proceed at the rate quoted.

If you think your son or daughter would be interested in going on this trip I would be grateful if you would return the form below, together with a deposit cheque of £40. This cheque will not be banked until we reach the minimum numbers, or parents are happy with the sub-30 pupil price quoted.  Please note that money may not be refunded if, at a later date, your son/daughter is unable to attend and the School is unable to fully recover the amount paid to the trip organiser.  If it is obvious that there are not enough people interested, then, clearly, the trip will not proceed.

Please contact me if you have any questions about any aspects of this trip.

Yours faithfully

RP May

Deputy Head

First World War Battlefields Visit

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My son/daughter would like to go on the Battlefields trip on 17 & 18 October 2015, and I enclose a cheque for £40 made payable to Red House School as a non-refundable* deposit for this trip.

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*Non-refundable once the deposit cheque has been banked.

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