The children will be accommodated in single-sex, ensuite rooms of 4/5.
Y6 residential visit
Year 6 traditionally have some time away together on a residential visit. We start preparations for this when children are in Year 5 and we have a monthly payment scheme to support parents in spreading the cost of the visit.
Our visit to Dorset takes place in the Summer term of Year 6, after the SATs exams. Dates and providers are changing over the coming years In 2023 we are staying at the YHA in Dorset.
The cost of the visit will change each year but is usually around £400. Parents can pay in 15 instalments. This visit is subsidised by the school budget. Children in receipt of pupil premium gain an additional subsidy.
The visit will give the children a chance to be together to celebrate their time at St Cecilia's in anticipation of their transfer to high school.
Our activity programme will be led by Cumulus Education, a company based in the heart of Swanage. They have an experienced team of group leaders and instructors who are fully qualified in outward bounds activities, they train outdoor activity staff from across the UK.
They will lead the day's activities from just after breakfast to 9pm each night, we will have use of their minibus fleet to gain access to the forest, castle and train station. Our school staff will remain with groups to offer pastoral support and leadership and to join in the activities with the children. Our school group will be led by Mr Burke, he will be accompanied by a number of school staff with a ratio of 1:12.
We will travel to Dorset by coach, the journey takes around two and a half hours, we will stop on the way down at a site of interest to make the most of our journey.
- Kayaking and paddleboarding in a Dorset lake
- Visit to the Dorset Waterpark and Mud trail
- Crabbing in the rock pools, from the pier
- A day of bushcraft
- A visit to Corfe Castle and a ride on the steam train.
- A visit to Monkeyworld
We aim to arrive late morning on the Monday, in time for lunch.
We will leave after lunch on the Friday arriving back at school early evening from 5-6pm. Our arrival time is dependent on the traffic, we keep in touch with parents on the way back to school via Class Dojo.