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Summer Character Camp 2022

We are delighted to be able to offer an additional Transition event this Summer for Year 6 students joining us in September. The Summer Character Camp will help prepare students for the start of the new term and will run between Tuesday 30th August and Thursday 1st September 2022. 

Whilst many of you may have been aware of the week-long Summer School we offered last year, we sadly do not have the financial support from the Government to run something on such a large scale. This reflects the return to a more normal educational experience for most students. The extra-curricular and academic enrichment opportunities have returned in most Primary Schools and therefore the Government has decided not to extend the Summer School funding which we accessed last year. We do however feel the transition to Secondary School was enhanced for our students to have had more contact with school staff and greater familiarisation with their peers and school environment so we are committed to offering this additional event.

Students are invited to attend a one-day Character Camp. This is a non-residential experience which helps students form new relationships with the teaching and support staff whilst giving them more time with their peers. Developing student Character is something we embed in the Cottesloe journey and this Character Camp starts this off nicely, allowing students opportunities to develop our Healthy Relationship Qualities and practice the 6Cs Learning Habits.

The day will start at 9am and finish at 8:30pm following a campfire. Our partners at Outspark have delivered character camps for our students for several years; feedback is always overwhelmingly positive. To find out a bit more about Outspark and how they deliver their philosophy to provide positive experiences of outdoor life for young people follow this link https://www.outspark.co.uk/

The day will be packed with outdoor activities such as pioneering, team building and archery. The total cost is £70. This can be paid in full or in 3 monthly instalments (£20, £20 and £30) via your ParentPay account. Should your child be in receipt of free school meals or pupil premium funding please contact us via email at summercamp2022@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk to discuss how we can offer financial support.

If you would like your child to attend the Summer camp please complete and submit the following Google Form to help us organise groups. 

Your child can identify up to three other students with whom they would like to be grouped and we will endeavour to put them together if they have selected the same day. For solo students, we will ask them again for names after the July Transition days as they may buddy up with someone new on these days.  

We will require a £20 deposit to be paid via ParentPay by Friday 17th June 2022. Further information and consent forms will follow after this date. 

Students would be required to bring a packed lunch and dress appropriately for the weather and a day of outdoor activities. The evening meal will be included in the camp. Details of any medication or dietary requirements will be collected when consent forms are completed prior to the event.

Contact

Please contact us via email at summercamp2022@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk

What to Expect

More information to follow shortly.

What to Bring

More information to follow shortly.

FAQs

When is Summer Character Camp?
The Cottesloe Summer Character Camp 2022 will run from  Tuesday 30th August and Thursday 1st September 2022.

How much does it cost?
The total cost is £70. You can pay this in installments of £20, £20 and £30 via ParentPay.

What will my child do for lunch?
Packed lunch should be provided from home. 

What time do I need to drop off my child?
Please drop them off at the coach park at 8:45am.

What time will I need to collect my child?
Please collect them from the coach park at 8:30pm.

What happens if my child is ill on the day?
If your child is unable to attend, please email  summercamp2022@cottesloe.bucks.sch.uk so that we know not to expect them. If we can accommodate another day, we will endeavour to do this.

Can my child have their phone?
Mobile phones to be left at home.

My child is not attending The Cottesloe School in September. Can they still come?
Unfortunately, the Summer Character Camp is only for students who will be starting at the Cottesloe School in September 2022.

I am a parent. Can I volunteer to help at Summer School?
Thank you for your interest. However, the Summer Character Camp will be fully staffed by Outspark staff and Cottesloe personnel.

Does my child need to wear a school uniform?
No, your child does not need to wear a uniform. We recommend comfortable clothes and footwear suitable for outdoor activities.

What happens if my child feels unwell whilst in school?
They should report feeling unwell to a member of staff, who will then take the appropriate next steps and contact you if necessary.

My child has asthma/diabetes/allergies. Can they still come?
Of course! Please make sure your child has their inhaler/medication/EpiPen etc with them at all times, including the off-site activities, and please be sure to give full details of your child's medical needs on the enrolment and activity consent forms.

Can my child wear jewellery, e.g. a necklace?
We would advise against this. There will be a lot of outdoor activities, where wearing jewellery would be impractical and possibly dangerous. We are also not liable for any loss or damage to expensive items brought onto the school site.

Will my child need any spending money/pocket money?
There will be no need for your child to bring cash on-site. We are not liable for any loss of money brought onto the school site.