It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their children are in possession of the valid documents required to attend our courses, bearing in mind their individual legal status, nationality, etc. The Holy Child cannot accept any responsibility in this matter.
The course fee does not include the airfare. Parents are to use a fax or e-mail to send the full details of the student’s flight in order to arrange for their transfer from the airport to the college or family.
Transfer between the college and the airport is included in the fee.
Anorak or parka, 3 pullovers (1 wool and 2 cotton), 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of trousers or skirts, 4 t-shirts, 4 shirts, 6 pairs of socks, 8 changes of underwear, 2 pairs of pyjamas or nightdresses, 1 swimsuit, 2 large towels and sports kit.
Everything is included in the course fee with the exception of the optional outings, horse-riding and golf at the Sedlescombe Golf Club. A student’s spending needs are limited to gifts for family and friends, the optional outings and some pocket money. The College therefore recommends 200 pounds for two weeks, 290 pounds for three weeks and 375 pounds for four weeks.
Parents should give this money to their children, who may hand it in at the Office for safekeeping and can draw it out as and when needed.
STAYS AT THE COLLEGE OR WITH FAMILIES
The rooms for girls and boys are in separate buildings. A monitor will answer any questions they may have and help them to organise their clothing if necessary.
Families will collect their guest students from the school.
You may find it difficult at first talk to talk to the other students and make friends or settle in with the English family, as the case may be, but you’re all in the same situation and as the course progresses it will become much easier. Remember you can always talk to a monitor if you have any problems or questions.
ADVICE AND RULES FOR ENSURING A PLEASANT STAY
As in any family, the College has a series of rules on behaviour to help everyone get along well with each other.
- In the United Kingdom it is strictly forbidden to sell or serve alcoholic drinks to anyone under the age of 18
- You are not allowed to smoke in public places or anywhere where there is a no smoking sign. UK law bans smoking anywhere within the College grounds and any cigarettes found on students breaking this rule will be confiscated
- The consumption of alcohol or drugs is strictly forbidden at the College and anyone found with them will be expelled
- In the interests of student safety, hitchhiking is forbidden
- Students may not look for a job during the course
- Students may not leave the College after 10.30 p.m. without permission, and anyone caught doing so will be expelled. Students staying with a family will have their own timetable
- Anyone setting off the fire-alarm for no reason will be expelled from the College
- Mobile phones are to be switched off during classes
- Students are advised not to bring games consoles, music players or any items of value in general. The College cannot be held responsible if they are mislaid
- Expulsion from the College or withdrawal from the course for any reason will lead to the full forfeiture of the amount paid. The airport transfer in such cases will be payable by the student.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COLLEGE
CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY
For organisational reasons, it is preferable for students to call their parents instead of having the parents ring the College.
You may write to your family and friends and receive letters from them.
THE COLLEGE BANK
This is a service the College provides students for safekeeping their cash and other items of value and which should be used as a basic form of security.
The College cannot be held responsible for any cash or personal items the students keep in their rooms.
SENDING AND RECEIVING MONEY
Your children may at some time need some extra cash. We recommend using the services of Western Unión at any post-office. Before sending the money, make sure your son or daughter tell you their monitor’s name, as UK law does not permit anyone under the age of 18 to collect the money.
The laundry service belongs to the College and soiled clothing and sheets are collected approximately once a week. When students are staying with a family, their hosts will see to the cleaning of their clothes. Each student’s clothes should be labelled to avoid them getting mislaid.
The College cannot accept any responsibility for washing delicate clothing that requires special treatment.
CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES
All those attending are given a certificate of attendance for the course studied at the Holy Child.