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Paris Trip 2015







Introduction

 

Thank you for allowing your child to take part in the trip to Paris and Park Asterix.

 

I have tried to put this booklet together using my experience of the last 15 years arranging Language Experiences for young people abroad.  Although I have tried to cover all the things I feel I’d want to know when my kids go away with the school it’s quite likely that you will have some query or something special about your child that you wish to discuss. Please feel free to do so at the Parents’ Meeting.

 

This is the 14th trip from I’ve run in recent years and I hope it will mark the start of a tradition of providing lots of different foreign visits that will help pupils in their language, history, geography and other studies. To ensure that this is the case we need to work together to make this trip successful and enjoyable for all concerned.

 

The staff who are accompanying the group have been selected to provide a mixture of age, experience and personality. They will do everything in their power to see that your child is well looked after, safe and happy during the visit. It is essential however, that the children realise that to ensure the safety and comfort of 40 pupils we will need to have some ground rules and everyone will need to take responsibility for acting sensibly and doing as they are told. Every effort will be made to make the trip fun and if pupils are told to do something, be somewhere at a particular time, or to listen to instructions, it will be for a good reason.

 

We do hope that you will support us by talking to your child about the need to respect the extra time and effort that the teachers are putting in for this trip and to ensure that they are willing to behave well and represent their school and country in a positive way.

 

Many Thanks.

 

Richard Starkie                                                              

 

Head of Modern Languages.

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Wednesday 1st July 

9:30pm - Arrive at school.

Check in with a staff member at the desks by the fish pond. 

10.15pm - Coach leaves the school (With or without you!)  

04.20am -  Ferry Crossing.

 

 

 

Thursday 2nd July 

07:00am - Arrive Calais then drive to Ypres 

9:00am - Arrive in Ypres for guided tour of the Battlefields and visit to the museum.

1.00pm – Eat your own packed lunch – then coach departs for Paris

4.00pm - Check into hotel – shower and freshen up

6.00pm (approx) -  Dinner at a French restaurant and shopping in local shopping centre

8.00pm - Ten Pin Bowling

10:30pm - Bed.


Friday 3rd July. 

Early! - Breakfast in the hotel.

8.30am – Coaches depart for Parc Astérix

9.30am – 6.00pm Parc Astérix – Enjoy the theme park all day

7.00pm – Games evening in the local park – a chance to relax and enjoy the summer evening with some organised games and activities including a picnic.

10.00pm – Back to the hotel and straight to bed


Saturday 4th July

7.00am – Wake up

7.30am – Breakfast

8.30am – Leave hotel with bags packed to spend the whole day in Paris

 

Activities may include:  

Louvre Museum

Musée d’Orsay art gallery

Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

Boat trip down the River Seine

Lunch in a Paris restaurant

Arc de Triomphe

Champs Elysées

Moulin Rouge

Notre Dame

Having your portrait done by a Paris artist

 

8.00pm - Depart for Calais

 

Sunday 5th July

2.00am Ferry Crossing.

7.00am Return to school - TIRED BUT HAPPY!

 

Useful Information
PUPILS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOOKING AFTER THEIR OWN MONEY.
A GOOD PURSE, WALLET OR “BUM-BAG” IS ESSENTIAL.

Money                

Money should be changed BEFORE we go.

You can change it at your bank or at a high street Travel Agents.

I have not put a limit on spending money but here are some of the things that your child will need to buy.

 


 

ENGLISH MONEY

A stop at a motorway service station on the way to Dover. 

Possible purchases - Ice cream, sweets, drinks, magazine…..        About £4 

 

A stop at a motorway service station on the way back from Dover.

Possible purchases. Hot drink, burger, chips, mineral water, sandwich……..   About £6


£20 IN ENGLISH MONEY WOULD COVER ESSENTIALS.

 

FRENCH MONEY. 

Main meals on Thursday and Saturday and breakfast on Friday and Saturday are provided. 

Lunches on Thursday and Friday and evening snack on Saturday will need to be purchased by pupils.  WARNING!  At Park Asterix, like at all other theme parks, prices are high.

About 10 Euros should cover a basic lunch.

About £60 changed into Euros would cover the absolute basics as lunch will be needed on the Thursday and we intend buy a packed lunch at a service station on the way. 

Any other sums brought are entirely at the parents’ discretion.


Things you need to bring. 

BAG FOR THE COACH JOURNEY 

Packed meal for journey

Drinks, plastic bottles only please

Something to read/do/listen to during the trip

Camera

Sweatshirt/fleece for travelling in the early hours.

Clean T shirt for the morning.

Small towel, sun cream and essential toiletries for morning stop.

Waterproof 

mp3, games consoles, tablets etc can be brought as can a mobile ‘phone, but at your own risk.

 

STAFF WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE ITEMS.

 

BAG FOR LUGGAGE 

Extra Toiletries and extra sun cream

Towel

Changes of clothes, underwear etc.

 

GIRLS WE ARE ONLY GOING FOR 4 DAYS!

BOYS WE ARE GOING FOR MORE THAN ONE DAY!

You need

One outfit to travel in   -  comfortable.

An outfit for your meal in the evening.

Clothes for Friday at the Parc Astérix.

Clothes for Saturday in Paris.

 

HINTS

Comfortable shoes.   Loose T shirts are cooler.  Remember to take a cover-up like a shirt and a hat if the forecast is hot and sunny.

 

Have your trousers or shorts got a secure zip up pocket?

Do you need a purse with a strap to keep your money safe on the rides?


Behaviour.

 

GENERAL

Pupils are expected to:

Listen to instructions and follow them

Keep to meeting times

Treat adults and each other with respect

Look after their belongings

Pay for anything they wish to buy

Behave in a way that will not disgrace the school

 

ON THE COACH

Please:

Don’t distract the driver

Don’t fill the ashtrays with gum and /or paper

Keep litter in the bags provided and empty at stops

Consider the comfort of others

 

IN THE HOTEL

This is a major chain hotel and will be occupied by other guests. Certain standards of behaviour will be strictly enforced.

No running around corridors

No banging doors

No loud noise or music

Stay in your room after curfew time

 

Remember! Hotels charge for telephone calls and items from mini-bars. These charges are usually very high and you will pay them before you leave . DON’T MESS ABOUT WITH THESE IF YOU WANT MONEY LEFT TO SPEND IN PARK ASTERIX!

 

THE REPORT CARD SYSTEM COULD COST YOU FUN TIME IN PARK ASTERIX SO DON’T SPOIL IT FOR YOURSELF.



CONTACTS

 

If there is an emergency before we leave you can contact the school. 

 

During school hours contact the school on - 0121 566 6666

 

For emergencies outside school hours if you cannot get a reply on the above number:

 

Contact the emergency phone number given out on day of departure

 

We are travelling with: Nash’s Coaches, 83 Raglan Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3TT  Tel 0121 558 0024

 

We are staying at: Novotel Cergy Pontoise, 3 Avenue du Parc, 95011 Cergy Pontoise, France. 

Tel (+33) 1 30 30 39 47

 

We are taking your contact numbers and will be in regular contact with school.

 

This year we are also staying in touch via email.  Go to the school website: www.fourdwellingsacademy.org and click on the France Trip icon.  Regular text updates are also available if you wish to sign up for them with Mr Shenton. 

 

ENJOY THE REST FROM YOUR YOUNGSTERS FOR A FEW DAYS.

WE WILL LET YOU KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY HOLD UPS OR PROBLEMS.



 

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