Dear Parent / Guardian,
I am writing this letter to inform you of an educational trip being organised by the science department at Bishop Stopford’s School. We plan to take a group of 30 students to Orlando in the United States of America. This trip has been designed to inspire and encourage our students to further their science education at A Level and University Level. Pupils need a minimum of two good GCSE passes in sciences to achieve the English Baccalaureate at KS4. It is therefore imperative that we promote and encourage the study of science. This trip is both educational and fun.
DATES: 27th of March 2015- 4th of April 2015
LOCATION: Camp Kennedy Space Centre
Camp KSC launches students into a galaxy of learning and fun! Campers are encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths through exciting educational activities. This year’s theme celebrates the Space Shuttle Atlantis which focuses on Atlantis and the historical impact of its 33 missions! Campers have the opportunity to get up close to Atlantis in her new $100 million home.
Campers will actively:
- Participate in a simulated space shuttle mission
- Learn hands-on about the science of space travel
- Hear real life stories from space shuttle astronauts
- Get up close to the new Space Shuttle Atlantis
Team Engineering Challenges: students team-up as they are presented with NASA engineering challenges. All engineering builds are based on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics components.
- Rocket Garden and Early Space Exploration Tour
- The Apollo Saturn V Centre – inspirational and exhilarating look into America’s quest for the moon.
- Windshield tour
- Astronaut Hall of Fame
- Meet and Greet with an Astronaut
- Shuttle Launch Experience
- Graduation and closing ceremonies
PACKAGE: This consists of:
- International flights from London – Orlando International return, with Virgin Atlantic
- All coach transfers in destination country
- All accommodation
- All activities while abroad
- Educating Adventures Company Representative on hand 24 hours a day
- 2 day Theme park ticket
- Four days at Space Camp, Nasa
- Breakfast and Dinner in American Restaurants
The price will be £2,070.
STUDENTS WILL NEED TO PROVIDE:
Pupils will need a passport (valid for at least 6 months after return). A small supply of spending money is required, to cover miscellaneous items, lunch meals and any food required on the journey to and from home. A full list of required gear will be provided to students once places are confirmed.
Applications must be accompanied by a consent form (overleaf) and a reservation deposit of £350 (non-refundable), payable by 9th of June 2014. Please can a photocopy of your son/daughters passport and visa documents, these can be sent in with the Consent Form. All cheques should be made payable to BSSFF.
The trip has been launched early so that the cost can be spread out. The remaining cost of the trip, after paying the deposit, will be due as follows:
2ND DEPOSIT £350 (non-refundable), payable by Tuesday 1st July 2014
Installment £350 (non-refundable), payable by Tuesday 2nd September 2014
Installment £350 (non-refundable), payable by Wednesday 1st October 2014
Installment £350 (non-refundable), payable by Tuesday 4th November 2014
Final balance £320 (non-refundable), payable by Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Any additional charge will be due with the final payment. Please note that all deposits are non refundable if your child has to withdraw. If full payment is not received by the 2nd December, unfortunately your child will be unable to attend the trip. If the trip budget is in credit after the trip has taken place, a refund of any overpayment will be made.
It is the policy of the Governors of Bishop Stopford’s School that no student should be disadvantaged through financial hardship. Families who find themselves in this situation should contact The Bursary in writing before the initial deposit date firstname.lastname@example.org for further information as soon as possible. All information will be held in the strictest of confidence. Please note that insufficient voluntary contributions will mean that the trip will be unable to proceed.
Any additional charge will be due with the final payment. Please note that all deposits are non refundable if your child has to withdraw.
The number of places on the trip is limited to 30 so early application is essential. The staff reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any pupil whose record of poor behaviour might prejudice the success of the trip.
Great emphasis is placed on correct preparation for the trip and meetings with pupils will be held to give advice and instruction. There will also be a parents evening held on Thursday 5th of June 2014 at 3.30pm.
This trip offers excellent value for money and it will be a tremendous opportunity for your child to experience some marvellous sights. It will be a truly a memorable event.
Miss K Shiells and Dr N Daniels