· The children will take part in several main activities every day, each lasting around 70-90 minutes. This includes a comprehensive safety talk at the beginning of each activity.
· The children will be taking part in the activities in three groups of 10 children. These will be chosen by Mr. Hurdman.
· Each group is assigned an adult from Burgh who will stay with the group throughout the activities, and there is always at least one member of fully trained PGL staff with the group during activities.
· This year the adults are Mr. Hurdman, Miss Millman and Mr. Trevor Hunt.
· In all cases, PGL staff lead the entire activity. The children (or adults) will not be forced into any activity, but will be encouraged to have a go and overcome any fears that they may have.
· This year boys and girls will be sleeping on separate floors of the accommodation block, each room with its own en-suite shower and toilet facilities.
· All our adults remain in the accommodation block overnight.
· The accommodation block is secured at all times so that it is locked from the outside but can be exited from the inside.
· PGL staff provide 24-hour first aid cover and a duty manager is also available at any time. This year our children will be sleeping in rooms of between 4 and 8 children. PGL staff also carry out overnight patrols of the site and accommodation blocks.
· A pillow and duvet/sleeping bag is required and lights out is at around 9-9.30pm (strictly enforced!).
· The children will be picking the names of up to three children they would like to share a room with and most should be with at least one of these. Very occasionally the system doesn’t quite work, but the vast majority of the time it does.
· Food, drink and sweets must not be taken (other than lunch for departure day) and would confiscated and ‘disposed of’ upon discovery. The exception to this is if there is a previously identified medical reason.
· Being a fussy eater is not a justifiable reason! Having previously been to this particular PGL centre many times with our school and also with other organisations, I can say that the food provided by PGL has always been very good! The menu is varied and there is always something to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.
· The children should bring a drinks bottle for taking a drink of water to the activities.
· There is a souvenir shop at PGL. Children are allowed to bring a maximum of £5, which is to be handed in either in a named envelope or purse before departure.
· This will be kept locked up until a specific souvenir shopping trip during the residential, when the children will be allowed to purchase souvenirs.
· Nothing that can be eaten or drunk may be purchased.
· There will be no contact between the children and home unless there is an emergency/medical reason. In such cases this will be between a school adult and home, not the child. This will be strictly enforced, as for many children learning to cope away from home is one of the benefits to be gained from the residential experience (and for many adults learning to cope when their child is away from home is one of the benefits to be gained from/to be exploited during the residential J).
· Mobiles phones must not be brought. In our experience it is the parents who miss the children rather than the other way round!
· We will be in contact with the school to let them know of our safe arrival and anticipated arrival time back at school on Friday.
· The EMERGENCY contact number for the centre out of school hours will be issued nearer the time. This will get you through to a member of centre staff who will relay a message to us. PGL stress that this number is for use in absolute emergencies only.
· A suggested kit list was given out when the residential was launched back in June 2013. Another copy is attached. No swimming gear is needed and shorts/sun cream/sun hats are only for the most optimistic of travellers!
· Please take into account that it could rain every day and that some activities may involve getting dirty! Don’t pack any clothes that matter if they end up with mud ground into them/scuffed.
· Tracksuit bottoms/joggers are better than jeans.
· Trainers are probably the most appropriate footwear. Again, they may get muddy/wet/scuffed.
· It is helpful if the children know exactly what they are taking with them and where it is packed!
· No items of value are to be taken – certainly no cameras, handheld games consoles, phones, mp3 players etc. Barring technological disasters, you will receive photos and film of the experience at the very end of Y6.
· Children can take a book, notebook and pencil and, of course, a teddy bear.
· Please make sure that you have ‘proper’ socks, not trainer socks, hair bobbles to tie back long hair and ear-ring tape (or ideally ear-rings taken out for the trip). Without these you will not be allowed to take part in some activities.
· Bring a chap-stick/Vaseline for those dry lips too.
· We will be operating in loco parentis and as such, will supervise the storage and administration of any medication required. Clearly the children will be able to carry items such as reliever (blue) inhalers and epi-pens.
· All details should be included on the medical forms (attached and to be returned ASAP). Please let us know in writing if there are any changes between now and our departure.
· Medication, including inhalers, should be brought on departure day, clearly sealed, labelled and containing a further set of instructions when to administer.
· We don’t need to remind anyone of the high standards of behaviour we expect from the children. Any child deemed to be letting themselves and the school down may be brought home before the end of the trip.
· We will be leaving at around 11am on the Wednesday.
· The children should come to school at normal time but should not wear their school uniform.
· Children need to bring a packed lunch, preferably in a plastic bag so it can be thrown away afterwards. You can, of course, come and wave your children off to make sure they have gone!
· We should be returning to school at around 3-3:30pm on Friday. We will be phoning the school when we leave on the Friday to confirm our approximate arrival time. Children can be collected upon our return as I anticipate
we shall have had enough of them by this point you will be missing them by then!
As always, if there any other questions, concerns or if important information (medical/contact etc.) changes, just pop in to see us.
Mr. D. Hurdman