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Whole School Trip to National Memorial Arboretum

1st November 2018

Dear Parents

With some 70 girls performing, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to Wychwood Remembers on the evening of 8th November. The evening will start with drinks and canapés at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm performance. The evening will be a particularly Wychwood one, paying tribute to all those who were involved in the Great War of 1914-1918 and looking at some of the influences that have affected how we all live today. This will serve as our Performing Arts evening for this term as well as so many girls are involved and have worked very hard towards what I think will be a very moving evening.

The green calendar tells you that we will be visiting the Imperial War Museum the next day as part of our act of commemoration of World War I: sadly, the IWM will not accept more than 60 pupils from any one school on one day so we have decided to go to the National Memorial Arboretum (www.thenma.org.uk) instead.

We will be leaving school at 9.00am on Friday 9th November, so please can everyone make a real effort to be into school on time. We will be unable to wait for people who are late. We will register at 8.30am in form rooms and then leave as soon as possible. We plan to leave the National Memorial Arboretum at 3.00pm and so will be returning  to school somewhere between 5.00 and 5.30pm – as usual, we will ask the girls to text, message or ring parents about half an hour out from Wychwood. The school will provide packed lunches and teas and we have been allocated space to eat in the venue. There are a number of free talks and lectures that the girls may attend but they must be aware of others present as well and should not crowd out other people. This will be an outdoor day so please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Girls may wear home trousers and Wychwood hoodies or jumpers with any layers underneath and they should be respectful of our destination – please can the girls not wear slogans on coats and jumpers. Clothes should be modest and warm, shoes should be waterproof, everyone will need a warm coat and girls may need hats, gloves and scarves, depending on the forecast.

The twin events of Wychwood Remembers and then the visit to the arboretum to extend our focus will be a fitting and appropriate response to the upcoming centenary of the Armistice of 11th November 1918.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Johnson