Go wild in Windermere 2019!

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Year 3 Windermere Residential

Wednesday 26th June- Friday 28th June 2019

 Dear Parents,

With our residential to Windermere getting closer, I thought that I would send you more details about our trip. I know that for a lot of your children this will be the first time that they have been away without you- please do not panic! Speaking from many years of experience of taking children away on residential trips, I can tell you that they will be absolutely fine, and once they’ve waved goodbye to you from the bus I’m afraid to tell you that they won’t miss you at all- they will be far too busy to feel homesick!

Included in this letter is all the information that you will need for this trip. However, if you have any other queries that you feel I haven’t answered, then please email me directly at sgeorge@stbeesvillage.cumbria.sch.uk

The following members of school staff will be accompanying Year 3: Mrs George, Mrs Cruden, Mrs Agnew and Ms Hamilton. We are all mums with lots of experience so rest assured that whilst in our care, your child will be treated as one of our own- that includes making sure that they’ve showered and cleaned their teeth as well as plenty of hugs at bedtime!


Wednesday 26th June
• Depart school at 9.15am
• Lunch at Windermere (packed lunch brought from home)
• Bush crafts and team building at the youth hostel (instructor led)
• Tea- 6pm
• Free (supervised) play/team games in grounds of youth hostel
• Hot chocolate/showers/bedtime- 9-10pm(ish!)


 Thursday 27th June
• Breakfast- 8am
• Depart youth hostel to go to Brockhole- 9.30am
• Tree-top trek (instructor led)
• Lunch
• Adventure playground/exploring in the grounds of Brockhole
• Return to youth hostel at 5.30pm
• Tea- 6pm
• Free (supervised) play/team games in grounds of youth hostel
• Hot chocolate/showers/packing/bedtime- 9-10pm(ish!)

Friday 28th June
• Breakfast- 8am
• Pick up by coach from youth hostel at 9.30am and travel to South Lakes Safari Zoo
• South Lakes Zoo visit
• Depart from Zoo- 3.30/4.00pm (return via motorway to avoid winding road!)
• Arrive St Bees- 6pm approximately
• 6.30pm- Children at home fast asleep in bed! Staff lying down in a darkened room with crisps, chocolate and something cold from the fridge and remaining there until Monday morning!

Medical/emergency contact form
Attached to this letter is a medical/emergency contact form for your child. It is crucial that this form is filled in and returned to school as soon as possible but by Friday 3rd May at the very latest. No child will be allowed to come on the trip without this form. All forms are strictly confidential and only accompanying staff will have access to the details contained on them.

Any medication (including travel sickness pills) required by your child should be handed to staff prior to departure, properly labelled with your child’s name and dosage required. Staff will take responsibility for administering these during this trip. This does not include inhalers, which children should be capable of looking after themselves.

Kit list
Please do not pack a huge amount- we are only away for 2 nights! Please ensure that all items are labelled with your child’s name and let them pack their own bag so that they know where everything is (and what belongs to them!) The following is a list of the kit needed:

• 1 small rucksack
• 1 small suitcase/bag
• 1 bin bag for dirty/wet clothing
• Teddy/cuddly toy- essential and most important!
• Nightwear
• Bath Towel
• Toiletries
• Underwear/socks
• Trousers/joggers
• T shirts
• Fleece/hoody
• Indoor footwear (slippers or similar)
• Trainers
• Walking boots or wellies
• Waterproof coat (essential)
• Waterproof trousers (essential)
• Sunhat/sun cream (please note that staff are not permitted to apply sun cream to children but will supervise!)
• Water bottle for daily re-filling

The cost of the trip includes all food apart from lunch on the first day. Please send your child with a packed lunch and drink (no cans or glass bottles) for Wednesday 26th June. This should be carried in their rucksack.

Pocket money
There will be 2 occasions where your child may wish to buy an ice cream, some sweets or a souvenir; these will be at Brockhole and the Zoo. Children may bring up to £10 with them which must be kept in a labelled purse/wallet/envelope. Children will be responsible for their own money and must keep it safe in their rucksack.

This trip is strictly gadget-free! Children may bring books, comics, colouring books, pencils, playing cards etc but absolutely no electronic gadgets. Staff will be taking plenty of photographs during the stay which will be uploaded onto the Year 3 page on the school website on our return so there is no need for any child to bring a camera.

Children will be organised into bedrooms in groups of approximately 4-6; the rooms will all be located in the same area of the youth hostel on a corridor which will be exclusively ours; children will not know who they are sharing with until they get there. Staff bedrooms will be located in the same area as the children’s rooms and every child will know which rooms we are in. Children will not be allowed to visit other bedrooms and will be given strict instructions about behaviour and safety whilst in their rooms.

Finally, please relax and enjoy 3 days of peace knowing that your children will be having an amazing time being with their friends, having new experiences and learning a little bit of independence! Please rest assured that if there is any problem whatsoever we will contact you, and remember the saying: “No news is good news!”

Yours sincerely,

Sarah George