FRENCH TRIP UPDATE
Dear Year 5 Parents,
After some recent discussions with PGL I can confirm that we have successfully moved the French Trip to Monday 24th May - Friday 28th May 2021. My respectful apologies to anybody who doesn't agree, but we are delighted with this change for a number of reasons:
1) Health - whilst we cannot be sure of the global health situation next May, it appears highly likely that the risks of travelling in May 2021 will be lower than in October 2020. I know that many of you would have faced yet another difficult decision in the coming months if we had agreed to travel in October...fingers crossed that this will feel like an easy decision to make in the new year.
2) Finances - this change opens up a significant period of time before payments need to be completed. The peak season dates do result in the trip costing more money BUT the school will be paying the difference so that you can stick to the original payment amount. A full payment plan will be shared with you in due course, but our initial thinking is that we will ask for instalments in September, October, November, January, February and March. As ever, this is an attempt to help you spread the payments out rather than a series of absolute deadlines. We do realise that individual financial circumstances may be more varied and challenging that ever during the coming months - we will discuss any issues around payments as and when required.
3) Tests - it seems possible that the Kent Test could have been close to (or even clashed with) our original October date. The SATS will be completed just a week before we travel and so this will be an ideal reward for the children's patience and hard work!
I really hope that you consider this to be excellent news during a time when that has been all too rare! I will be in touch with more information about the trip in due course. In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org