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History Department Centenary Visit: The Battlefields of WWI - 16th  - 18th November 2018

I am pleased to let you know that your daughter or son has successfully reserved a place on the above trip. The response was so positive that we have increase our places to 45 to accommodate the maximum number of students possible. Now that we have confirmation that there is sufficient interest in the trip, we are sending you a full pack of consent forms to fill in and a schedule for payment of the remaining balance.

Change of Dates

 As a result of the increased places, you will note that we have had to tweak the dates of the trip from the beginning of November to just after Remembrance Day, on the 16-18th November 2018. We are hoping that this will be possible for your child, given that it actually falls within the school term, however, we are aware that your son/daughter may have other commitments that weekend. Therefore, we would ask you to confirm that you are still interested in trip by signing and returning the slip below and completing the attached consent forms. Obviously, if you wish to be taken off of the trip, please do email me ASAP and we will return your deposit and open the place to someone on the reserve list.

Commemorating Old Sexians on the Front Line

Did someone you know take part in the Great War? On every trip to the battlefields we have some students who try to find their relatives in those cemeteries that we visit, although, unfortunately it tends to be confined to those who were buried in the main cemeteries. However, there is now the opportunity to remember loved ones, those who died and those who survived, at the Lochnagar Crater by sponsoring a personalised plaque. The History Department would like to get a plaque for each of the Old Sexians who died in the war and we would welcome any contribution towards this. This contribution could be added to any of the payment instalments and we will include a tick box to allow for this. Alternatively, you might like to do your own family plaque. Details if you are interested can be found on their website,  http://www.lochnagarcrater.org/SponsorshipForm.pdf.

Payment and itinerary

Two scheduled payments for the remainder of the balance for the trip will be called for in January and March of 2018.

Shortly we will be in contact with the tour operator to finalise the agenda for trip and we will give you a more detailed review of once this is completed.

As a reminder the visit will include:

  • Air-conditioned coach travel from Bruton to Belgium & Euro Tunnel crossing
  • Full Board Accommodation (students will be in a hotel designed for school parties)
  • Tours of Ypres and sites including the Menin Gate, battlefield locations and Sanctuary Wood
  • Excursion to the First World War Cemeteries such as Tyne Cot and Langemark
  • Insurance & Guide services

It should be noted that students will start the visit early on Thursday 16th November 2018 and will return to Sexey’s on Saturday 18th November 2018.  Therefore, arrangements need to be made to drop off and pick students up on this day.  Times and a full itinerary will be confirmed later.

Code of Conduct

Acceptance on to the trip is with the understanding that the students’ behaviour in school, whether in boarding, in lessons, on visits or around school is very good. We reserve the right to remove students from the trip if their behaviour is deemed unsatisfactory and that they would not only be at risk on the trip from not obeying instructions but would also ruin the atmosphere for other participants. In the unlikely event that we would have to withdraw a pupil from the trip, monies paid would only be returned if a replacement student could be found.

Somerset County Council advice 

The school has been on this trip many times and have been very happy with the tour company and accommodation. We do a full risk assessment of any foreseeable dangers and perceive no change to the risks associated with the trip itself. However, it is our duty to remind parents to please be aware of the recent terrorist attacks at other venues and take this into account when giving permission.

Somerset County Council advice for educational visits following recent terrorist attacks is for schools and educational establishments to continue to plan and deliver the trips and off-site activities as we would normally. The current threat level in the UK is set at ‘Severe’, meaning that an attack remains highly likely. We also know that there have been attacks in Belgium and France in recent years. Whilst, this security level may cause alarm, the Home Office and Police have advised that we should all remain alert but not alarmed, with no specific advice to cancelling trips and off-site activities. Obviously we will carefully monitor the situation and review our risk assessment in the light of future events.