Monday, 18 January 2016


Dear Parents/Carers          
P6 pupils will board buses from 9.45am and set off for Benmore Outdoor Education Centre on Monday 8th February around 10am. A clothing list can be found on our Benmore blog, in the Benmore booklet,  and we have issued a copy on A4 (with tick boxes for packing and repacking). Old and warm clothing is best, with layers of clothes recommended. Labelling all items of clothing is extremely helpful and we would advise packing plenty of old socks. Please note that jeans are not recommended for activities.

Thank you in advance for your support in signing and returning our Benmore Behaviour Contract. Please impress upon your child the seriousness of any rule breaking at school camp.

A table for each class will be set up in the Gym Hall on Monday morning. Please drop off luggage behind the table and then wait outside in the playground. From 8.30am, pupils can register that they have arrived in school – and give the class teacher any medication in a clear, plastic bag with an accompanying medical form - before going back out into the playground.

Medical EE2b form should be kept with any medication handed to the Class Teacher on the day of departure.
N.B. EE2b Medical forms will be issued to those pupils who indicate on the EE2 form that they will require medication. Additional forms can be requested from the School Office. These should be completed and placed in a sealed, clear plastic bag with your child's medication. Please also label medication with your child’s name.

If your child is on medication and can self- administer, they may do so. We recommend pupils carry any blue inhalers on their person, though a spare may be handed to the class teacher. If it is appropriate for Sciennes staff to administer medication, please place the medication in a sealed plastic bag with the EE2b form. EE2b medical forms will be issued if you indicate on the EE2 form that your child will require medication. Remember to hand any travel sickness medication for the return journey to the Class Teacher. (It is often useful to pack lip salve and moisturising cream.)

All children should have visited the toilet before coming back into the Hall at 9.15am.
£5.00 spending money is adequate and we would suggest a maximum of £10.00. Money should be looked after by your child in a named purse or wallet. Loose change is best. We strongly discourage pupils from bringing any valuables (such as expensive cameras or MP3 players). Pupils should not bring mobile phones.
We will gather in the Hall at 9.15am until the buses arrive. (Parents are kindly requested to wait outside to ease congestion.) Pupils will then carry their own luggage and board the buses one class at a time around 9.45am. Suitcases will be placed in the hold and cannot be accessed until we reach Benmore, so pupils must make sure they take a day bag with packed lunch, snack and drink onto the bus.

When pupils get on the bus, Sciennes’ staff will help stow jackets and day bags and check seat belts are fastened correctly. Families are welcome to wait to wave us off around 10am.

It is very difficult to obtain a signal at Benmore but we will aim to publish some photographs and posts on our blog to update families during our adventures, and will add more when we return home:

We expect to return to Sciennes around 12.30pm on Friday 12th February.  If there is any significant change to the expected arrival time then school will send a text message to all parents. We will post to the blog throughout the journey home to keep you updated on our expected arrival time.
Pupils always really appreciate mail at camp and families
are encouraged to send post to:
Benmore Centre
by Dunoon, Argyll
PA23 8QX
+44 (0)1369 703331
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Lucy Gallagher
Depute Head Teacher 

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