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Year 7 Yangshuo

Learning outside the classroom is an important part of our students’ development. We are very fortunate to have access to unique resources and outstanding opportunities in our part of the world. Opportunities abound for day visits within the great city of Shanghai, or for residential trips further afield in China or abroad. These are the experiences that make for great learning and great memories.

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Some of the very best learning takes place away from school, when students spend time together on a residential trip to an unfamiliar, exciting and challenging location. There are opportunities to be involved in new activities and work with different people. Students always come back from these trips tired, happy, and a little more ‘grown up’. 

Many of your sons and daughters will have experienced the excitement of a residential school trip before, while for a small number this might be the first time that they are going to be away from home for a few days at a time. In both cases, we wish to assure you that both you and they will survive the separation! To allay any worries that you may have, we have prepared some answers to what we feel will be your most common questions. If we have missed any out please feel free to contact the trip leader Ms Dee Bregazzi-Nevin d-nevin@bisspuxi.com  at any time.

 

1.WHERE IS THE TRIP DESTINATION?

The group will be visiting Guangxi Province and within this the area of Xingping and the town of Yangshuo.  In the Xingping area, students will have a spectacular view of hills here and there, green bamboo nodding in the breeze and fishing boats drifting on the gentle water.  This is the place whose delicate view has been printed on the 20 Yuan RMB note. We will stay in guesthouses in Dahebei Village in Xingping and at the Snow Lion Resort in Yangshuo, which is a beautiful scenic town.  It is well known for its five wonderful characteristics: green hills, clear waters, fantastic caves, spectacular rocks and the sweet scent of osmanthus. June is a great time to be in Yangshou, and if we are lucky, we may still see fireflies at night.

2. WHEN AND WHERE DO THE STUDENTS GET DROPPED OFF AND PICKED UP AT THE START AND END OF THE TRIP?

Students should be dropped off at school and collected promptly at either end of the trip by their parents.   

Students should arrive at the secondary campus by 8.00am on Sunday 18 June.  We will then travel to Pudong airport by coach.  We expect to be back at the secondary campus by around 8.30pm on Friday 23 June. In order for you to check for delays on our return the flight number is FM9350.

3. WHAT ARE THE FLIGHT DETAILS? 

Sunday 18 June

  • FM9381
  • Depart Shanghai-Pudong 12:05
  • Arrive Guilin 14:45

Friday 23 June

  • FM9350
  • Depart Guilin 15:45
  • Arrive Shanghai-Pudong 18:10

4. WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL THE STUDENTS BE DOING?

Over the course of the week, the students will have opportunities to participate in a range of outdoor activities.   These include bamboo raft-making and racing, hiking, cycling, a river cruise, cormorant fishing, kayaking, cooking classes, rock climbing, BBQs, games and activities in Dahebei and abseiling. Students will be split into two groups and may work through the programme in different orders but they will all experience the same activities. Please bear in mind that these may change according to local conditions and perhaps even the weather!

5. WHAT WILL THE ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE?

We will all be staying at guesthouses in Dahebei village for half of the trip and in the Snow Lion Resort in Yangshuo for the other half.  Pupils will be sharing rooms and groups will be decided before the trip starts.  Each accommodation consists of twin, triple or quadruple shared rooms.

6. WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?

We will have all breakfast and evening meals in the hotel and guesthouses. There will be a wide selection of Chinese food.  On some days there will be a packed lunch provided, depending upon the activity for that particular day. Vegetarians will be catered for and all of the food will be nut free.

7. WHAT CLOTHES AND EQUIPMENT WILL THEY NEED?

A full packing list is included.  Some clothes may get muddy during the outdoor activities so please do not pack anything that you cannot bear to see ruined.

8. CAN THE STUDENTS BRING THEIR MOBILE PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES?

Students will be able to bring electronic devices with them as they will no doubt wish to record their exciting experiences and to update parents after an eventful day of activities.  Students need to be aware that electronic devices which are taken on the trip will be brought at the owner’s risk.  They may not be suitable for some of the water-based activities.

9. HOW MUCH SPENDING MONEY SHOULD STUDENTS TAKE?

There will be a shopping excursion to West  Street, Yangshuo, during which time students will be able to purchase souvenirs or gifts if they wish to do so. Due to the number of dining options students will be given some money to purchase their own lunch or dinner on this day. However, should they wish to spend more than their 40RMB allowance they must have enough money to cover this. We suggest students do not need to bring more than 200RMB to cover the cost of snacks and souvenirs. 

10. WHICH STAFF MEMBERS WILL BE GOING ON THE TRIP?

There will be ten staff members supervising students on the trip:

  • Ms Dee Bregazzi-Nevin (Overall Trip Leader and Leader of Group A)
  • Miss Irene Garcia
  • Mr Pedro Joseph
  • Miss Joanna Yardy
  • Miss Jenna Whitmore
  • Mrs Emma James   (Group B Leader)
  • Mr Santhosh Manoharan
  • Mr Laury Valente
  • Miss Sena Piao
  • Dr Alexander Cattell

11. WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE?

The risk management plan for the trip includes first aid training and evacuation procedures.  

It also considers the safety of students for each activity that they take part in, ensuring that thorough training is given to them before they begin and that plans are in place if accidents do occur.  There is a safety boat when students are kayaking and pupils will wear life-vests for this activity, for raft-building and cormorant fishing.  Helmets will be worn during rock-climbing, abseiling and cycling (there will also be a safety vehicle to support students if necessary).

Students will be covered by medical insurance for the duration of the trip and International SOS will coordinate the medical care and evacuation in the unlikely event of a serious injury. This means that your child is in good hands.   

12. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF MY CHILD IS TAKING ANY MEDICATION?

Any personal medication must be given to the appropriate leader at the start of the trip. These should be in sealed plastic bags (zip lock) with the child’s name clearly printed and full instructions in English. It is vital these instructions are clear and if the medication needs to be given with food or water, or in a specific order this should also be recorded. These instructions should clearly be placed with the medication in a sealed plastic bag, and handed to the trip leader – Ms Dee Bregazzi-Nevin for Group A, and Mrs Emma James for Group B.  

13. HOW WILL I KNOW IF THE TRIP IS GOING WELL?

We will post updates on our We Chat and Facebook accounts so parents can see the exciting experiences that their children are taking part in during the trip each day. If a flight is delayed we will publish a notice on the homepage of the school website and send messages via the secondary room parent network.

14. IS THERE A PHONE NUMBER IN CASE OF EMERGENCY?

Staff will have mobile phones, which you can ring in case of emergency. Ms Dee Bregazzi-Nevin can be contacted on 18321099094 and Ms Emma James can be contacted on 18516654108.

15. HOW CLOSELY WILL THE STUDENTS BE SUPERVISED?

The supervision ratio will vary according to the activity the students are doing, but will always be in line with health and safety recommendations. 

Girls and boys will sleep in separate rooms at the hotel and guesthouses. They will be expected to go to bed at the specified times and to stay in their rooms until the morning. Male members of staff will supervise the areas that the boys are sleeping in and the female staff will supervise the girls’ areas. 

16. WILL THE STUDENTS NEED THEIR PASSPORTS?

Yes they will. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that students bring their own passports and that they are up to date. All students travelling will be taking internal flights but will still require their passport or Chinese ID card. Macau, Taiwanese and Hong Kong passport holders must bring their passport and their Chinese ID card / booklet. Those with dual citizenship must ensure they have the passport they submitted details for on the school emergency registration form. The passports will be looked after by the trip leaders while we are away for the week.

17. HOW DO YOU DECIDE HOW MUCH THE TRIP WILL COST?

All of our trips are run on a not-for-profit basis. The vast majority of the cost for this trip goes towards the payment to P&E Class, the company which is facilitating the trip, and covers flights and other transport, accommodation, activities and their specialist staffing, food and other expenses.

18. WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

We hope that this answers most, if not all of your questions. Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any further queries at d-nevin@bisspuxi.com  

Notice

A change of clean clothes for the final trip home should be kept dry in a separate plastic bag. All items should fit into a rucksack. 

Students will have to carry their own bags so please make sure that they are neither too big nor too heavy!  For flights, the limit for checked-in baggage is 20kg and 5kg for carry-on. We advise students to bring rucksacks or trek bags rather than suitcases. 

At this time of year it is usually hot and humid in Yangshuo with a risk of showers and frequent changes of clothes will be needed! As we are going away for six days and five nights, the below is the minimum that is required. Please bear in mind that clothes will get dirty and that expensive items are brought at the owner’s risk.

For kayaking, rafting and caving activities students will need a full set of clothes that will get wet and muddy. They will not have an opportunity to wash or dry these clothes on the trip. 

At this time of year it is usually hot and humid in Yangshuo with a risk of showers and frequent changes of clothes will be needed! As we are going away for six days and five nights, the below is the minimum that is required. Please bear in mind that clothes will get dirty and that expensive items are brought at the owner’s risk.

For kayaking, rafting and caving activities students will need a full set of clothes that will get wet and muddy. They will not have an opportunity to wash or dry these clothes on the trip.

Equipment List

Children should bring with them:

  • Passport or Hong Kong / Taiwan / Macau ID card
  • Sunscreen - SPF 50+, waterproof
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • 8 t-shirts (synthetic is preferable)
  • 1 long sleeve surf shirt/rash guard
  • 1 thin waterproof jacket 
  • 8 changes of underwear
  • 8 pairs of socks
  • Swim suit
  • 4 pairs of loose trousers or leggings – not denim jeans
  • 3 pair of shorts 
  • 1 pair of  trainers which will get wet and muddy
  • 1 pair of  trainers which will stay dry and will be required in the evenings 
  • 1 pair of  sturdy closed toe shoes/boots you can hike in or for walking in 
  • 1 pair of sandals / flip-flops
  • 1 towel
  • 1 pack of personal tissues, Bandaids & hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle (re-usable, preferably metal with a securable screw top)
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Torch, with batteries
  • 4 Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • A daypack which can fit a change of clothes,  water bottle and a towel
  • Reading book