Ski Trip 2019 – Voss, Norway

 

Dear Parent/Guardian

Ski Trip 2019

We are organising a skiing trip to Voss, Norway during February Half term 2019.  Skiing offers many qualities and experiences to pupils. Not only will they have an opportunity to learn or improve skiing skills, they will also learn to appreciate and respect a different culture, a new environment and the importance of working and living together.

I have booked with a company called Voss ski, in partnership with Dawson and Sanderson.

The cost of the visit is £965 and this price will include:-

  1. Return flights Newcastle to Bergen and coach transfers to and from resort (great reduction in usual travel time)
  2. 7 nights Full Board Accommodation
  3. Fully comprehensive travel insurance including medical, redundancy cover, travel delay
  4. Ski lessons – 24 hours of ski tuition (4 hours per day)
  5. Resort lift pass for 6 days
  6. Hire of skis, boots, poles and helmets for 6 days
  7. In resort customer service representative
  8. Evening entertainment
  9. School hooded top

Extra costs that you will incur independently are: purchase or hire of ski suit, goggles, gloves, ski socks, sun cream, lip balm and thermals. A small amount of spending money for: snacks whilst there, food in the airport and souvenirs.

There will be a parents’ evening nearer the time of the trip which will be attended by representatives from both the tour company and a ski clothing hire company who will provide useful information and the opportunity to place orders for suitable clothing and accessories if needed.

A deposit of £100 is required to reserve a place on the trip. This is to be paid by Friday 23rd March.  Information about further payments will be given once deposits have been paid.   Please note that, once made, payments to the tour company are non-refundable. Please provide a photocopy of child’s valid passport and EHIC card as soon as possible.

If you would like your child to take part in the skiing trip, please pay your deposit via Parent Pay and complete the reply slip below and return it to school as soon as possible as places are limited (maximum 40) and will be offered on a first come first served basis.  

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

Please note that the school reserves the right to refuse pupils permission to take part on the ski trip and that bringing a first deposit in will not guarantee your child a place until it has been agreed by staff.

May I also take this opportunity to remind all parents that it is crucial that those students participating in the trip can be trusted to behave in a responsible and mature way.  As the leader of the visit, I have to be confident that those taking part do not jeopardise the safety and enjoyment of the trip for others.  Students are also reminded that they will be representing the school during the visit, and it is therefore essential that they behave appropriately.  With this in mind, I will be closely monitoring the behaviour in school of those students involved in the visit.  If any student is considered to have the potential to jeopardise the success of the visit, then I am afraid that they will be unable to participate and their places will be offered to other students and deposits will not be refunded.

Yours faithfully

Miss S. Lawson

Party Leader

Canada Trip in July 2020

Dear parent / carer

Following on from a successful visit to France in July 2016, the MFL Department is delighted to offer your child the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the French speaking world on a trip to Canada in July 2020. This trip has direct links to the French GCSE and A Level Specifications but has much to offer any interested students from Years 7-13 as we will also be visiting many places of historical interest which is fully relevant to History students. We need 30 students to make the trip viable. Should more pupils be interested, places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis.

The trip is being provided by Halsbury Travel, a nationally recognised provider of school trips which has been highly recommended by other local schools. The provisional itinerary would include:

 

Day 1: travel to London for flight from London to Toronto and CN Tower by night

 

Day 2: Travel to Niagara, St Catharine’s Museum, lock visit and Hornblower Boat ride

 

Day 3: Visit to a traditional Native Indian Huron Village, Hockey Hall of Fame and shopping time at the Eaton Centre

 

Day 4: Travel to Montreal – Fort Henry tour or Upper Canada Village visit where students can see life in 1867 through the eyes of the soldiers and their families

Sugar Shack meal – enjoy a traditional Cabane à Sucre that includes fresh maple syrup.

 

Day 5: Visit the Fur Trade program and Mont Royal lookout – the Mont Royal Lookout is definitely one of Montréal’s gems. Several different vantage points give you tremendous, breath taking views of the city and surrounding area.
Notre Dame Visit
Travel to Quebec – Legends workshop (speaking French)
Live the legend by re-enacting famous Quebec historical events in a dynamic workshop where you will discover some of the most renowned local legends

 

Day 6: Citadelle Tour – discover the Old Quebec’s fortress!

Musee de Fort – come and relive, in sound and light, the six sieges of Québec, including the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and Benedict Arnold’s march to Québec.

Evening meal at Aux Anciens Canadiens  and Walking Ghost Tour – as darkness settles over the City of Old Quebec, a costumed tour guide strikes a match and lights a lantern. A hush settles over the group as they wait to discover 350 years of historic murders, executions, ghostly tragedies and hauntings.

 

Day 7: Montmorency Falls – a natural and historic site that is just breath-taking. The falls are 83 meters or 272 feet (30 meters or 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls)

Copper Museum and Chez Marie – a unique stone house with a bright red roof that was built in 1652, known by the local population as simply “Chez Marie”. The energetic and hospitable owner is proud to welcome people into her home, handed down from mother to daughter for four generations

Transfer to the airport (Montreal or Quebec, flight dependent) for the flight back to London

 

Day 8: arrive in London and journey back to Gateshead

The cost for this incredible visit will be £2125. This includes half-board accommodation, air fares, entrance to all attractions, travel insurance, and travel to and from London (to be decided at a later date depending on London flight times). As all other costs are covered in the price of the visit, your child will only need to bring spending money for souvenirs or gifts and lunch each day.

Should you wish your child to enjoy this study visit, we need a non-returnable deposit of £125 by MONDAY 15th JANUARY, 2018.

In order to meet the payment schedule set by the travel company, a further payment of £100 must be paid by MONDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2018. Your subsequent £1900 Balance can be paid before May 2020 in £100 instalments via ParentPay online.

With ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance. Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward. Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

Once your deposit has been received, you will receive medical forms, emergency contact forms, a code of conduct for all students attending school visits and information about travel documentation.  A parent’s evening will also be organised to answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jane Wood

Head of MFL

Christmas visit to Cineworld Cinema in Boldon

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The school is organising our annual Christmas visit to Cineworld Cinema in Boldon. The movie will be a latest new release and will be a U, PG or 12A certificate.  Students will be accompanied by staff, both inside and outside, the cinema at all times.  The cinema visit is organised as a reward for students who have achieved targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit is £12.  This includes entry to the film, insurance and coach travel.  No other costs are incurred.  Please note that food concessions will not be available.

We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning to school at approximately 12.30pm.  Pupils must be in school at the normal time of 8.45am and must be in full school uniform.  Pupils will have lunch as normal on return to school.

Attendance on this trip will be strictly on a first come first served basis and is dependent on good behaviour and attendance.  Once payment is made we are unable to return any money if for any reason a student changes their mind.

If you wish for your child to attend please complete the reply slip below and, along with £12 payment, return it to the school no later than Friday 17th November.  If students wish to bring reply slips before the Friday 17th November, to book a place, and make their payment by the 17th November they may do so.

Yours faithfully

D McCann

Mr D. McCann

Head of Aidan House


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Cinema Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The school is organising a visit to the cinema at Boldon on Wednesday 21st December 2016.  It is for those pupils who have achieved targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit will be £10.00.  This includes entry to the cinema, insurance and the coach travel.  No other costs are incurred.  Please note that concessions will not be available at the cinema.  The cinema does not allow customers to bring in their own food.

We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning to school at approximately 12.30pm.  Pupils must be in school at the normal time of 8.45am and must be in full school uniform.  Pupils will have lunch as normal on return to school.

I must stress that places will be on a first come first served basis on payment of monies.

I must point out that once a pupil has paid, we are unable to return any money if for any reason they change their mind.

If you wish for your child to go, please complete the reply slip below and return it to school by Friday 11th November 2016.  Payment for the cinema visit must be paid by Friday 18th November 2016.

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs R. Holmes

Head of Cuthbert House

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Important Dates

6th October 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome back to all students following our Summer holidays.  Now that the term is underway we would like to welcome our new students to Cardinal Hume.  I hope that they take every opportunity to become involved in school life and achieve their full potential.

I am pleased to announce yet another set of outstanding examination results at both KS4 and KS5.  I wish our leavers every success at university, college or in the world of work.  May they continue to build on their achievements at school.

May I take this opportunity to provide a list of dates for your diary.

Wednesday 12th October              Year 7 Parents meet Tutors, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 19th October              Year 8 Assessment Grade Information Evening

24th – 28th October                          Half Term Holidays

Thursday 1st December                 Year 10 Parents Evening, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 7th December            Christmas Concert

Thursday 8th December                 Year 12 Parents Evening, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Wednesday 21st December          Cinema Visit, AM

Thursday 22nd December              End of Autumn Term, 12.45pm

Monday 9th January                        All pupils return to school, 8.45am

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours faithfully

Mr N. Hurn

Executive Headteacher

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Berlin Visit

Dear Parent/Guardian

Following on from the successful visit to the WW1 Battlefields in July 2016, the History Department is delighted to offer your child the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust with an eight night, dual centred, study visit to Berlin and Krakow from 4th-12th July 2017 following the story of the Final Solution. This trip has direct links to the Year 9 and A Level Specifications but has much to offer any interested students from Years 9-13.

The trip is being provided by NST, a nationally recognised provider of school trips which has been highly recommended by other local schools. The provisional itinerary would include:

  • Overnight ferry to Amsterdam
  • A workshop in Anne Frank House (please note Anne Frank House only open bookings two months in advance of a visit and this part of the itinerary cannot be guaranteed or confirmed until bookings open)
  • Four night’s full board in Berlin in the Aletto Kudamm Hote,l Berlin. A river cruise, visit to the Reichstag, The museum of Berlin, a tour of the Berlin Bunkers, the Jewish museum and a visit to Wansee House, the birth place of the final solution.
  • Coach transport to Krakow and two night’s accommodation, full board at Hotel Alexander near the main square in Krakow.
  • A day visit to Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp
  • A visit to the Galicia Jewish museum where the students will meet a holocaust survivor and hear, first hand, their testimony.
  • A night of traditional Polish food, dance and entertainment.
  • Return via Berlin, to Amsterdam and the ferry home to North Shields.

The cost for this incredible visit will be £750. This includes all meals (including dinner and breakfast on the ferry), entrance to all attractions, travel insurance, and luxury coach travel from school. The tour is being facilitated by National School Travel which has come highly recommended by colleagues in another school. As all other costs are covered in the price of the visit, your child will only need to bring spending money for souvenirs or gifts if they wish to do so.

Should you wish your child to enjoy this study visit, we need a non-returnable deposit of £100 either cash or cheque payable to “Cardinal Hume Catholic School” by THURSDAY 28th September, 2016.  This deposit should be handed into Student Reception.

In order to meet the payment schedule set by the travel company, subsequent payments can be made by monthly payments October- April for seven payments of £92.97 on a date in the month which suits you or by cash/cheque to school by the following dates:

Wednesday 23rd November £200              Wednesday 1st March: £250        Monday April 24th:£200

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below:

 Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support is using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

Should you change your mind about the visit, or have difficulties in meeting the payment deadline, please get in touch with me by emailing info@cardinalhume.com.

Once your deposit has been received, you will receive medical forms, emergency contact forms, a code of conduct for all students attending school visits, and information about travel documentation.  A parent’s evening will be organised nearer to the trip departure to go over final arrangements, answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please email me.

Yours faithfully

Miss Andrea McGuigan

Head of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Year 10 Parents

 

 

Dear Parent or Carer

GCSE Reporting Scales 2016-17: Parents’ Briefing

You are probably aware that GCSE grades will be reported on a 9-1 scale for almost all subjects in 2018.  You are cordially invited to a briefing at the school on Wednesday 14th September at 6pm, which will give information about this, as well as how target grades are calculated for your child.

Parents are welcome to use the car park at the front of the school on this occasion.

We look forward to welcoming you to the school.

Yours faithfully

Mr D Addison

Deputy Headteacher

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We Will Rock You

24th June 2016

Schools Will Rock You

Dear parent/guardian

I am writing to invite you to the school show which this year is “Schools Will Rock You” based on the music of Queen.  The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

The show has been in rehearsal since January and involves over fifty pupils from all year groups in school.

Performances will take place on Monday 11th Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of July starting at 7pm. Tickets are priced £6 and £3 for concessions and will be sold during break and lunchtimes or can be reserved by returning the slip below to school.

I look forward to seeing you at one (or more!) of the performances in July.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr J Potter

Head of Music and Performing Arts


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Summer Festival 2016

11th May 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am delighted to inform you that your son/daughter has been selected to attend this year’s ‘Summer Festival’. It is a two day camping event organised by the Youth Mission Team, which will run from Wednesday 29th June until Friday 1st July.  The event will be held at Youth Village Consett.  Students will depart school at 2pm the Wednesday and returned to the school by approximately 2.30pm on the Friday.  If pupils normally travel home by school bus they may have to make alternative arrangements on this day.  Pupils will be accompanied by school staff throughout.

It is a time of reflection for the students which will take them away from the normal day to day routine and allow them to explore the spiritual aspect of their self.  There will be a number of speakers, musicians, workshops and prayerful activities that students will take part in.

Students will need to organise tents if they can.  However, the school can assist in providing one if this is not possible.  Appropriate clothing for camping is essential, e.g. water proof jacket in case of rain and such like. They will also need to bring their own sleeping bag, toiletries, towel, appropriate footwear and clothing.

The school will cover the cost of the event and provide food vouchers that will provide a lunch and dinner for each student. A light breakfast is provided by the YMT.  In addition to this there will be food outlets available so students will also be able to purchase provisions on site if they so wish.

We would be grateful if you could complete and return the reply slip below and the attached medical consent form.  If you have any further queries regarding the trip please do not hesitate to contact me at the school on 01914877638 Ext:165 or by email at dmn@cardinalhume.com.

Yours sincerely

Damian Mc Cann

Director of Ethos

 


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Lightwater Valley – 19th July 2016

6th May 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The school is organising a day out to Lightwater Valley on Tuesday 19th July 2016.  It is for those pupils who have achieved the targets set for behaviour and attendance.

The cost of the visit will be £28.  This includes entry into the Theme Park, insurance and the coach travel.  No other costs are incurred, but pupils may wish to take some additional spending money.

We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning to school at approximately 6.00 – 6.30pm.  Pupils must of course be in school by the normal start of the day at 8.45am.  Pupils must make their own arrangements for getting home from school when the coach returns.

Your child will need to wear suitable clothing but not club football tops.  A packed lunch is recommended, although there are outlets for buying food and drink in the Theme Park.  Pupils who are on free school meals will have a packed lunch provided by the School.

I must stress that places will be on a first come first served basis on payment of monies.  I must point out however, that once a pupil has paid, we are unable to return any money if they change their minds for any reason.

If you wish your child to go please fill in the reply slip and return it to school by Friday 20th May 2016.  Payment for the trip must be made by Friday 10th June 2016.

Yours faithfully

Mr S. Warren

Head of House


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Skiing Trip to Voss

Dear Parent/Guardian

We are organising a skiing trip to Voss, Norway during February Half term 2017.

Skiing offers many qualities and experiences to pupils. Not only will they have an opportunity to learn or improve skiing skills, they will also learn to appreciate and respect a different culture, a new environment and the importance of working and living together.

I have booked with a company called Voss ski, in partnership with Dawson and Sanderson.

The cost of the visit is £925 and this price will include:-

  1. Return flights to Bergen and coach transfers to and from resort (great reduction in usual travel time)
  2. 7 nights Full Board Accommodation
  3. Fully comprehensive travel insurance including medical, redundancy cover, travel delay
  4. Ski lessons – 24 hours of ski tuition (4 hours per day)
  5. Resort lift pass for 6 days
  6. Hire of skis, boots, poles and helmets for 6 days
  7. In resort customer service representative
  8. Evening entertainment e.g. bowling, disco.
  9. School hooded top

Extra costs that you will incur independently are: purchase or hire of ski suit, goggles, gloves, ski socks, sun cream, lip balm and thermals. A small amount of spending money for: snacks whilst there, food in the airport and souvenirs.

There will be a parents’ evening nearer the time of the trip which will be attended by representatives from both the tour company and a ski clothing hire company who will provide useful information and the opportunity to place orders for suitable clothing and accessories if needed.

A deposit of £100 is required to reserve a place on the trip. This is to be paid by Friday 26th February.  Information about further payments will be given once deposits have been paid.

Please note that, once made, payments to the tour company are non-refundable.

If you would like your child to take part in the skiing trip, please complete the reply slip below and return it to the school with cash or a cheque for £100 (cheques made payable to Cardinal Hume Catholic School), as soon as possible as places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please note that the school reserves the right to refuse pupils permission to take part on the ski trip and that bringing a first deposit in will not guarantee your child a place until it has been agreed by staff.

Yours faithfully

Miss S. Lawson

Party Leader


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Social Media

1st February 2016

Dear Parent/Carer,

It has been brought to our attention that some of our pupils are not using social media responsibly.  Issues raised have included bullying, sending inappropriate images and making contact with people they have never met.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is committed to keeping our pupils safe and to promoting the safe, responsible use of the Internet.  As such, we feel it is our responsibility to raise this particular issue as a concern as young people’s unsupervised access is leading to them making mistakes and exposing themselves to harm.

Most social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, have a minimum permitted age limit of 13 years, according to their terms and conditions.

We feel it is important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites, so you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a profile or not.  Should you decide to allow your child of any age to have a social media profile we offer the following advice:

  • Set up your own profile so you understand how the site works and ask them to have you as a friend on their profile so you know what they are posting online.
  • Make sure your child understands the following basic E-safety rules that we have learnt about at school.
  • Keep your profile’s privacy settings as private as possible
  • If possible, don’t put in your full name, e.g. Bart S, instead of Bart Simpson
  • Keep private information private, e.g. address, phone number
  • Never accept friends you don’t know in real life
  • Never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see, so think before you post
  • Be respectful of others
  • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online
  • Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you
  • We also recommend that all parents visit the CEOP Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online thinkuknow.co.uk. Parents can find a link to this website from our own homepage www.cardinalhume.com.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School takes e-safety very seriously, and we discuss E-Safety issues throughout the year with our pupils.  If you feel that your child needs further support in keeping safe online, please contact their Head of House.

Due to our duty of care to all the children in our school, we will take action (which may involve the police) if a problem comes to our attention that involves the safety or wellbeing of any of our pupils.

With thanks for your continued support,

Mrs A. Riley

Deputy Head Pastoral


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