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Issued 18th November for Spring Term 2018

Dear Parents,

Security
With the increased use of the Conference Room, we have had to make changes to our security arrangements. When this room is in use, the foyer doors will need to be left unlocked for whoever is using the room. Consequentially we have been instructed to close the viewing curtains and for children in the hall to use the toilets in the Club Suite. We’re sorry for this change, but have been given no alternative.

Awards
The Club follows the British Gymnastics award scheme and over one hundred and sixty gymnasts will receive BG awards this term.
On average each child earns an award each year - sometimes longer, sometimes quicker.

Safety / Tidiness
We remind gymnasts that watches and all jewellery, should be removed. Hair that reaches the shoulder should always be tied back. We have girls leotards and boys outfits in stock and a waiting list for second-hand leotards - we will purchase any available.

Web-site
For up-to-date information including any snow or other weather disruptions and our Club history, please go to this site.

Arts Festival Competition 2018
Our 19th Arts Festival competition will be held on Saturday 24th March from 9am -12.30pm. Gymnasts (minimum school year 3) will be creating sports acrobatic group sixes, ribbon or beam pairs and hoop solo routines.

Entry is free and all junior and seniors are encouraged to enter.
Beam pair routines should mount, show six skills, then dismount.
Ribbon pairs & hoop solos should show at least 10 ribbon / hoop skills, with dance to instrumental music of 70 to 90 seconds.
Acrobatic Sixes should show pairs and threes and a six balance with five gymnastics moves, with dance to instrumental music of 70 – 90 seconds.
Entries will be arranged with the gymnasts by half term.
Six metre competition ribbons (£7) and hoops (£9) are available in a variety of colours.
There are three free voluntary practices for routines on Fridays 2nd, 9th & 16th March, any time between 4 & 6pm.
Three different competition CDs are available at £2 each, containing suitable non-vocal music of the correct competition length.
If gymnasts wish to use their own music, it needs to be instrumental, 70 - 90 seconds long and recorded cut & ready as track 1 on a CD.
Spectators on the Saturday are always welcome, with free entry.
NB No photography or videos permitted.

Essential Dates !
Thursday 4th January 2018 Term starts
Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th February Half Term
Fridays 2nd, 9th & 16th March Arts Competition practices
Saturday 24th March 19th Arts Festival Competition
27th, 28th & 29th March Award Presentation week
Thursday 29th March Term ends
Tuesday 17th April Summer Term starts
Saturday 7th July (am) 35th Annual Championships

Leaving / Joining
There are no known vacancies next term, with all classes full.
If you wish to place your child's name on the waiting lists please let us know. Please let us know by the end of term if you child is leaving us.

Fees
Fees have remained unchanged for the past two years and remain at £40 for Main Club and £35 for Pre-school. Please help us save time and send these to the first session, ensuring cash is in a named envelope.

You may also pay by BACS :-
Account name HGC Sort code 20-49-76
Account 33501949 Reference Your Childs name

All the coaches and helpers at Hurstpierpoint Gymnastics Club wish you all a rather early Happy Christmas.


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