Cologne Trip 2018

Cologne Trip 2018

Letters

Languages Faculty Trip – Cologne, Germany – December 2018

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Your child has shown an interest in an educational school trip we are organising to Cologne, Germany in December 2018

The trip will leave on Saturday the 15th December 2018 at 9.30pm. We will be travelling by coach to Dover and then crossing the channel via the ferry. We would hope to arrive in Cologne by 1.00 p.m. on Sunday the 16th December 2018. Our accommodation is going to be a 4* Hotel, which is situated on the city outskirts.

During our educational trip, we will be visiting at least three of the eight Christmas markets in Cologne, as well as having a guided tour of a chocolate museum and an Olympic museum. We will also be enjoying a visit to Phantasialand Theme Park and the Christmas market in Brühl, which is very close to the hotel.

The return journey will commence after breakfast on Wednesday the 19th December 2018. The students may have an opportunity for further shopping at a shopping center in Belgium, before returning to Tottington by coach, via the ferry. It is anticipated that we will arrive back in Tottington at approximately 11.45pm on Wednesday the 19th December 2018. All pupils who attend this trip will be expected to attend school on Thursday the 20th December 2018.

The cost of this educational visit is £390.00 per student. This price includes all travel, insurance, accommodation (half board) in Germany, all trips and a group passport. (Cheques should be made payable to Tottington High School- please ensure the name and form of your child is placed on the reverse of the cheque).

A non-refundable* deposit of £50.00 must be placed in to the black box outside the main office by 16th February 2018. A second non-refundable* deposit of £50.00 must be paid by the 2nd July 2018. The final balance of £290.00 will then be due by 1st October 2018.* Please note that failure to pay a second deposit could mean that your child loses their place to someone on the reserve list. * Please note that deposits will only be refunded on production of a medical certificate, or if the trip is cancelled by the school. All monies are paid directly to a tour operator and not held by school, therefore in the event of cancellation by the student on or after the 1st July, Rhapsody Tours (our tour operator) insist on the following payments;

  • On or after 1st July 1st and 2nd Deposit= £100
  • On or after 1st September £150
  • After 1st October 100% of total cost

Further, please note that the tour operator does not offer the school any option to delay final payment. Thus, the final balance must be paid by 1st October 2018. If the balance is not paid in full by the 1st of October, your child will have to be removed from the trip and the £100 in deposits is retained by the tour operator as a cancellation charge.

If you would like your son/daughter to participate in this educational visit, please sign the attached slip and hand it in with a deposit of £50.00 and place in the black box by the 16th February 2018

Please note that there are only 67 places for this trip. Once the deadline is passed, you will be informed if your child has secured a place by the 1st March and will be issued with a payment card. If your child has not secured a place, the initial deposit will be returned by 1st April 2018 at the latest.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at ccatterall@tottingtonhighsch.co.uk .

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Catterall
Teacher of MFL

Mrs K Cheetham
Business Manager

 

COLOGNE 2018

by Jan 17, 2018 No Comments
Year 7 PGL Activity Trip

Year 7 PGL Activity Trip

Letters

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am pleased to be able to offer your child the opportunity to take part in a school trip to Winmarleigh Hall PGL, In Preston, Lancashire from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th July 2018. The trip will be led by Mr Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7) and Miss Parnell (Head of Year 8) organised through PGL Travel Ltd.

What’s it all about?
The trip features an action-packed itinerary of adventure activities but it’s not only about having fun. While they are enjoying themselves, students will be learning new skills, rising to new challenges and developing their confidence. The trip will be a great reward for a successful transition to Tottington High and enable the students to develop new skills as they get ready for Year 8. We have chosen to book with PGL because not only do they offer excellent value but they also have a reassuring 50 years of experience organising trips for schools. Their extremely high standards mean that students will be in safe hands at all times. Visit PGL‘s website www.pgl.co.uk to find out more about the company and the location we will be visiting.

What does it cost?
The cost per person is £185 which can be paid in instalments prior to the trip.
The cost includes:

  • Return coach travel from school
  • A full daily programme of adventure activities
  • Fun evening entertainment
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Full comprehensive travel insurance (details available on request or enclosed)

There are no extras, however if you wish, you can provide a small amount of pocket money for your child to spend in the gift shop.

What do I need to do next?
If you would like your child to go on the trip, please place your completed reply slip into an envelope, labelled Year 7 PGL ACTIVITY TRIP, also enclose your monies/cheque for the deposit of £35 by Friday 3rd November. Please note our easier and preferred payment option is to pay on line (details on the reply slip). Further payments will be required as set out below. Please note that once deposits have been paid to PGL they are not refundable and terms and conditions will apply.

  • £50 by Monday 29th January 2018
  • £50 by Thursday 29th March 2018
  • £50 by Monday 14th May 2018

Finally
If you have any particular questions or concerns regarding your child’s participation in the trip please don’t hesitate to contact me. Once places have been booked more information will follow including a parents evening about the trip in school.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Ishtiaq (Head of Year 7)
Miss D Parnell (Head of Year 8)

by Oct 12, 2017 No Comments
Show My Homework – Year 7

Show My Homework – Year 7

Letters

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to provide you with some further information regarding the school’s homework system and how your son/daughter will access their homework next half term. If you already have a son/daughter at the school you will already be aware of some of this information. I have also included some of the information from my previous letter for reference.

Homework is an important aspect of your child’s education and helps to reinforce and extend learning from lessons. Homework provides valuable opportunities for students to consolidate their understanding of work from the school day. It also provides further opportunities for them to develop lifelong learning skills to support them in further study and in their careers. To ensure that these benefits are available for all the school has identified the recording and organisation of homework as priorities to focus on with students. Students in years 8 to 11 all currently use Show My Homework (SMHW) to manage their homework and teachers set all homework using it.  After half term students in year 7 will also be using SMHW and all homework will be set using it.

SMHW is an online package that allows homework to be set and accessed directly by students on their mobile phones, tablets or through the SMHW website. SMHW is the UK’s most effective package for setting and monitoring homework and hundreds of schools across the country are using it with successful results. As a school we recognise the difficulties experienced by parents/carers in supporting their child’s homework as students may not always record homework as instructed or in a clear manner. SMHW ensures that students are always provided with clear homework instructions and guidance as homework details/requirements/ resources etc can be made available to students directly from the teacher. The calendar facility provided by SMHW also allows students to manage their deadlines effectively by using the reminder and date facilities available.  As parents/carers you will also have access to your child’s homework calendar so that you can support them in managing their homework.  SMHW has further additional features and as the school develops its use of the SMHW package information on these features will be provided (for further details and information on SMHW please visit showmyhomework.co.uk). We do also recognise that not all students have smart phones or access to the internet at home so we also provide a student diary that can be used instead or in conjunction with SMHW. The school also provides computer and internet access before school, at lunchtimes and after school.

A link to SMHW (and set up instructions) is available in the parents and pupils area on the school website and after half term the homework timetable on SMHW for Year 7 will be populated with homework from your child’s subjects. To access your child’s homework calendar you need to use the access details provided below to log on to the SMHW website (tottington.showmyhomework.co.uk or link on school website). When you have access you will be able to set up alerts and set up a link to your smart phone if you so wish. You can also visit the Apple Store or Google Play to do this. The school will also be providing support for parents/carers in the form of familiarisation sessions. The sessions will help parents/carers log in to SMHW and outline the main features of the package. If you would like to attend one of these sessions please contact the school and arrangements can be made to suit you. Students will also receive instructions and support in setting up their SMHW page and any links to their smart phone.

The school would like to thank you in advance for your support with our homework system.

Regards

Mr A. Rashud (Assistant Headteacher)

Weblink: www.tottington.showmyhomework.co.uk

by Oct 9, 2017 No Comments
KS4 Post-16 Information

KS4 Post-16 Information

Letters

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing at the start of this academic year to provide you with some information regarding the school’s careers provision and the support and guidance that will be available to your son/daughter in Year 11.

As part of the school’s provision students have access to careers advice and support through the school’s partnership with the Connexions service. Students receive an individual interview from a Connexions advisor where they will have the opportunity to discuss and plan for further study and careers. In most cases students will receive this interview during Key Stage 4, however in particular circumstances this interview may take place lower down the school if it is beneficial for the student. In individual cases further interviews are required and all students are also provided with opportunities to request earlier/additional interviews.  The school also works collaboratively with the Connexions service to provide valuable focussed careers sessions on topics ranging from apprenticeship awareness to student finance.

Students are also involved in a designated Careers Week every year (from Year 8) as they move up through the school. The focus of the week is specific to each year group and is appropriate to their age e.g. ‘College Application’s week for Y11. Information is also provided to students through Immersion days, external visits, assemblies, form notices, careers posters and the VLE. Within this particular aspect of the school’s careers provision students have access to ‘Cascaid’ This is an online career package that allows students to explore further and higher education, career options and subject requirements. This supports students in making informed decisions at every stage of their progression through school. Access to Cascaid is also available to students at home and instructions are provided on the school VLE along with further careers information, such as links to useful websites and contacts like the National Careers Service. Students also have access to a personal Careers Record. In this record students keep notes and useful information together as they progress through the school.

Further careers support and guidance is provided through the Careers, Well-Being and Life Issues (CWL) programme that forms part of the school curriculum. Throughout both key stages students explore a variety of topics with designated elements of the programme being focussed specifically on careers. This focus is through the content that these topics cover, such as writing a CV and through the development of valuable, transferrable careers skills. Immersion Day activities also support this programme as do College visits and guest speakers.

As parents/carers you can support your son/daughter by using the VLE links and resources to help them explore further education and careers at home. Taking your son/daughter to College open days at Key Stage 4 is also valuable as is using the National Careers Service to investigate options and gather useful information. As further support a post 16 options booklet is also provided with this letter. The booklet contains information on pathways, entry requirements, deadlines and application tips. A Year 11 Post 16 support session for students and parents has also been organised for 26th September (6:00 – 7:00pm). Staff and a Connexions advisor will be available to answer questions and offer support with post 16 applications. The session will be a drop in session so please arrive at a time that is convenient for you. Attendance at the session is not a requirement . In addition support is also available throughout the academic year by contacting the school (phone, email, visit).

Please note that the drop in session will be the same time as the Y10 GCSE evening. The Y10 GCSE evening will be in the Hall and the Y11 Post 16 drop in session will be in Room 19.

Please can you indicate whether you would like to attend the drop in session by completing the reply slip below and returning it via you son/daughter to the Main Office at school.

Kind Regards

Mr A. Rashud

Post 16 Evening Booklet

by Sep 14, 2017 No Comments