The following is a sample letter to parents of students planning to attend
Illawonga camp. It may be used as a guideline for your personalised letter.
Harbour Primary School (Letterhead)
Street, Holdings Bay, SA 5079
Phone: 1234567 Fax: 2345678
Circular to parents of year 5
students attending the Murray River camp in Term 2, Week 5, 2007.
This year our year 5 students will be
attending Illawonga Camp, a nature based educational camp program focusing
on the Murray River.
To develop an understanding of the
importance of the Murray River as a natural resource.
To develop an understanding of the
cultural and historical significance of the Murray River.
To increase awareness of the human
impacts on our environment.
To highlight our responsibilities
towards the Murray River.
Term 2, Week 5 which is Wednesday 24th
to Friday 26th May, 2007.
Illawonga Camp provide a modern luxury
coach with seat belts for student transfers.
Type of accommodation:
This is a fully catered camp. Please
read the student dietary requirement form provided.
How long is the camp?
Students will depart school at 9.15am
on Wednesday 24th and return to school by 3.00pm on Friday
afternoon. This gives the students 3 days and 2 nights away.
Where is Illawonga Camp?
Illawonga camp is near Swan Reach on
the Murray River about 2 hours drive from Adelaide.
The activities at Illawonga Camp are
varied and are based on a study of river ecology, animals & the Murray
Mallee. Information about wombats, Kangaroos, irrigation and aquaculture
are included. The learning takes place in a fun environment whilst
students go yabbie fishing, visit the Punyelroo Cave, ride on a tour barge
and go spotlighting from a bus. The camp also has a gymnasium with a huge
foam filled pit. Other activities include team rowing in a large boat,
campfires, archery, pool and table tennis. (I have provided you with a
copy of the camp itinerary.)
Staff attending Camp.
There will be 4 staff attending the
camp. Mrs. Jones is the camp coordinator and Mrs. Peters is in charge of 1st
aid and medical requirements. Mr. Symes and Mr. Bolte will also be
Safety on camp is paramount. For all
activities on or near the river, students must wear buoyancy vests which
are supplied by Illawonga camp. As well as Mrs, Peters, the Illawonga camp
staff all hold senior 1st aid certificates. The Swan Reach
Ambulance Service is on 24hr standby for serious problems.
The cost of the camp is $000.00 per
student. This includes bus transport, food, accommodation and activities.
You may pay in full by cheque to:
Harbour Primary School, or by weekly payments of $10.00. Please contact
Mrs. Read at the school office on 1234567 for information about a weekly
payment schedule. All camp money must be received
in full before Friday 5th May.
Consent Forms and other information
To ensure that we are able to take
good care of your child, please fill in the 4 forms provided with this
letter. (If your child does not have any particular dietary requirements
you do not need to fill out the Dietary Form) The other consent forms must
be completed and returned to Mrs. Jones before Friday 5th May.
I have also provided you with a What Students Need to Bring to Illawonga
Camp form. Please keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it when it
comes time to pack.
Preparing for camp
This is quite likely the first camp
your child has attended so naturally they might be a little apprehensive.
Please be assured that we will do everything we can to help your child
overcome any anxiety before or on the camp. Class teachers are already
conducting discussion sessions and doing activities at school to reduce
uncertainties so that the children feel comfortable with going on camp and
will in fact look forward to it with enthusiasm and excitement,
If you have any further questions,
please contact me at school on 1234567 between 3.00pm and 4.00pm on
Mrs. P. Jones on behalf of the