Ski Trip 2018 Letter Home

Dear Parent/Carer                                                                                         

Ski Trip to Bardonechia , Italy – February 2018

Staying at the Olympic Village

I am pleased to announce our plans for the Ski trip taking place during half term from Friday 9th February to Saturday 17th February 2018 and would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. The Academy has enjoyed five extremely successful skiing holidays and the event is now a regular addition to the school calendar. It is also pleasing to note that students from all years are able to participate, from Year 7 to Sixth Form.

We will be travelling to the wonderful Italian resort of Bardonechia, a splendid natural plateau between imposing mountain ranges, once the host to the winter Olympic Games. Students will be staying at the Olympic Village which offers a great range of amenities and is very close to the slopes.

We have negotiated a fantastic deal as a school group and the cost for the week is £870.00 which includes the following:

  • Return executive coach travel
  • Return ferry crossing from Dover – Calais route
  • Full medical and travel insurance cover
  • 6 nights full board accommodation including lunches
  • 6 days hire of skis, boots, helmet and poles
  • 6 x 5 hours of ski tuition
  • 6 day full lift pass
  • In resort representation and 24 hour emergency service
  • Approved safety management system
  • Ski breakage insurance
  • Piste Closure Insurance
  • Full evening entertainment package

I understand that this is a large sum of money to pay out and I have therefore arranged for the Retail shop to administer a payment plan. If you would like to reserve a place for your son/daughter/ward on the trip please return the reply slip along with a £150.00 non-refundable deposit to the Retail Shop by Monday 20th March 2017. Please be aware that payment deadlines must be met (further details will follow about this) as we are required to pay periodic non-refundable payments to the ski company.

I will write to all Parents/Carers of students involved in due course to inform you of who is taking part and the staff supervising. I will also include in that letter advice about clothing and preparation, documentary information and the information about the parents evening we will be holding nearer the time. At the parents evening I will be inviting a ski clothing company, who have many years’ experience in cost effective school ski weeks, to come along and give advice about clothing and other equipment that may be desirable for your son/daughter/ward. 

Many students are interested in this trip and for this reason I must point out that the places will be available on a first come, first served basis.

This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to experience breath-taking scenery and the cultural charm of an Italian ski resort. Students will also be encouraged to develop their speaking language skills whilst there. There are further benefits to a residential outward bound trip such as coping with being away from parents for an extended duration, the cultural experience that a foreign country offers, and the obvious benefits for each child’s social development.

The Academy reserve the right to withdraw a student’s place if they deviate seriously from the positive structure our behaviour policy provides. In this case monies will be returned to Parents/ Carers in line with the holiday company’s deposit structure.

Please note that students will require a valid Passport and European Health Insurance Card for this trip.

In the meantime if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at school (jamie.platts@folkestoneacademy.com) and I will hopefully be able to provide you with the answers.

(Please note: Where the student has committed to a trip, and the Academy has entered into a financial agreement with an external supplier for such a trip, the Academy cannot refund monies which those suppliers will not refund, the Academy is acting as an agent in buying the trip for the students)

Yours faithfully

 

Jamie Platts

Ski Trip Co-Ordinator