New recruits - This week our MKC Heroes welcomed our newest recruits Sgt Saint and SAC Michaels, who have been deployed from RAF Coningsby on a very special mission. Their mission statement is:
“My mission is to provide hugs, cuddles and comfort to Service Children; to help those children who have a parent on deployment to keep smiling and stay happy; to deliver hundreds of hugs when their parent isn’t able to; to hold their hand at bedtime & all through the night if needed; to join them as a friend on any adventures they go on during the week”.
Each week a child from MKC Heroes will take home one of the bears. We will first be offering those children who have a parent on deployment the opportunity to take home a bear. If you or your partner are due to deploy, please let us know.
Lest We Forget.
As Remembrance Day approaches we took a few moments in club today to talk about the ultimate sacrifices so many men and women made during the World Wars and to reflect on the sacrifices our loved ones continue to make to keep our country safe. We worked hard in making the poppies for our Remembrance display.
Club today was quite emotional for some of our children whose parents are currently serving overseas and the club allowed them the space to express themselves amongst other children who know exactly how they feel. It was very touching to see your children supporting each other, offering each other helpful advice and wrapping an arm around their shoulders to offer comfort.
Our school has registered to take part in Reading Force, a national shared reading initiative for all Service Children and their families and friends. In school we have a number of the colourful scrapbooks for children and young people with fun stickers, a fold out guide for Service families on how to take part and a postcard to claim a free book.
The Reading Force Scrapbook competition runs every year throughout the year, with two closing dates - 30th April and 31st October. Every family who enters a competition receives a certificate and a book.
Pop into school and pick up your copy of the Reading Force scrapbook from Mrs Smith and enjoy the experience of connecting through reading wherever your child's loved ones are across the country or further afield.
Make a wish - we looked at lots of different ways we can make a wish: blowing out the candles on a birthday cake; wishing on an eyelash; throwing pennies in a well or river; quietly in our minds; our Santa list. We talked about how Service Children may have other wishes too, like I wish my Daddy was here to read me a bedtime story, give me a hug, watch me open my presents, wish for him to be safe when he is away with work. Our children used finger painting to make their wishes.... what do you wish for?
MKC End of Year Trip to RAF Coningsby
Huge thank you to the RAF Fire & Rescue, the RAF Police and the jet engineers for their time and enthusiasm today to make our trip extra special. The children had so much fun exploring the fire and police vehicles, getting hands on the equipment and switching on the sirens (repeatedly!!). They were very excited to be able to get up close to the jet, learning about how the jet engines work and missile systems operate. A few will be dreaming of becoming pilots tonight.... but more will have been inspired by the engineers who make them fly!
Many thanks to our parent volunteers for your support today.... Mrs Best & I are very grateful... without this support we wouldn't be able to have our annual trip.
MKC - FATHER'S DAY
The Royal British Legion’s social media team is asking Military Kids Club to film themselves asking their military dads questions specific to Father’s Day. Each answer will be posted on the Legion’s Facebook and Twitter social media channels. If you’d like to get involved, here are a few instructions to help you:
How to film parents answering the questions
· Film military dad’s outside or somewhere that’s nice and bright
· Film in landscape mode. If you’d like to do a selfie video, please make sure the child and the parent are visible on camera
· Please film each answer to the question as a separate video.
· Please make sure each video is no more than 30 seconds
· Please make sure to capture kids asking the question as well as dads answering
What to ask
1. What do you miss about me when you're away?
2. What's been your most memorable moment with me?
3. What have I done that's made you most proud?
4. What's your best joke dad?
Please ask all parents to email us back confirming in writing that they are happy for us to use the video content featuring them and their kids on The Royal British Legion’s social media channels. Please let me know if you need more info.
Here are a few pictures of Lady Hillier's visit to our school. Members of our MKC Heroes after school group (past and present) met with Lady Hillier and shared with her their experiences of being a Service child. They also took great pride in showing Lady Hillier our Mystical Garden. We hope that she enjoyed her visit to our school and we know that she was very impressed with our outdoor learning space.
The results of the 'Happiness' competition will be announced at our Celebration Assembly on Friday.
This term our Military Kid's Club will be following an 'I'm a Military Kid.......Get Me Out Of Here!!' theme. We have split into two camps - HOME and AWAY and we will be completing a series of challenges and tasks to earn STARS.
Week 1 - Skittles Straw Challenge - Working as a team, move 5 Skittles from the start to the end of the line. You can only move the Skittles by sucking them onto the end of your straw. STAR today awarded to the HOME team. Well done all for the effort you put in and it was great to hear several say 'it doesn't matter who wins, it about having fun'.
Military Kids Club started back on Wednesday 11th January after our Christmas break. Mrs Smith and Mrs Best were pleased that 17 children came along to join in the fun. The children really enjoyed making their 'hugs' for the special people in their lives. Did you get a hug??
I would like to say a BIG thank you to Mrs Berry and Mrs Stanton who helped to set up & run the MKC after school club over the last 2 years. I couldn't have done it without you.
WELCOME BACK TO MKC HEROES
MKC Heroes after-school club started back this week with 30 children attending. We welcome back those who have attended before and give a special welcome to a few new Heroes.
Those who have signed up to MKC will have a place until Christmas 2016. We have divided the group into 3 groups - Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire with our Year 5 pupils Hayden, Kaiden and Leah taking a lead in these groups.
This week we got our own RAF wings which we have coloured in and will be displayed in the main hall (when the board goes up!). We also played a game of cups up/ down to encourage working together in groups.
Apologies for the time mix up - to confirm MKC Heroes will finish at 4.15pm each week.
If you have any skills or activities you would like to share with MKC Heroes please contact Mrs Smith.
MKC Heroes end of year trip 2016 to BBMF. What a fantastic (and hot) afternoon our Heroes had at BBMF. We all feel very lucky to have the Lancaster parked on our doorstep!!! The BBMF trip was extra special for a few of our Heroes as they have a parent who works at BBMF.
A huge thank you to Mrs Berry & Mrs Stanton who have supported the MKC Heroes throughout the year. Also, thank you to all those parents who have volunteered your time (and offered to). Wishing you a safe and restful summer.
We are very proud of our pupils who took part in the National Armed Forces Day event on Saturday at Cleethorpes. The feedback from the RBL was fantastic...... they loved your pictures and poems so good work Heroes!!
Thanks to all those parents who travelled with our Heroes or met them there.... your support made the day a success.
HMS HEROES has been renamed and we pleased to announce that the new name is Military Kid's Club HEROES (which will be abbreviated to MKC HEROES).
MKC HEROES is a national support group for the children of Service men and women and their relatives. It is a tri-Service Network which brings together members of Service families. MKC Heroes members are ambassadors and young advocates for Service families across the United Kingdom, and most importantly, they are friends who are there for each other, especially in times of need.
Our school has joined up to MKC Heroes to help support our Service children with issues which affect many Service children for example when a parent is deployed, moving school or house due to a parent being posted, dealing with war and conflict in class, missing friends who have left our school.
The support is on-going so watch this space for events and news.
ATTENTION!!!!!!!! BY THE CENTRE, QUICK, MARCH........ LEFT RIGHT LEFT
MKC Heroes had a taste of the drill square this afternoon thanks to Sgt Dave Lockey. After several practices in formation our MKC Heroes were nearly...... very nearly...... step perfect!
Last week our HMS Heroes were asked to identify the 5 planes in the pictures (see document below). Congratulations to Mrs Stanton's LANCASTER group and especially Aidan (Yr 1B) who named them all correctly!!!!
HMS HEROES - SUMMER TERM
We have increased numbers for the summer term and to assist with the smooth running of the after school club our HMS Heroes have been split into different groups for the purpose of taking part in activities. The group names are: SPITFIRE, HURRICANE and LANCASTER. We have decided that siblings will be in the same group. Inter-group competitions will take place but please remember that these are for FUN!
NATIONAL ARMED FORCES DAY - SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 2016
This year Armed Forces Day celebrations are being held in Cleethorpes. As one of only a few schools in Lincolnshire who have an HMS Heroes group we have been invited to attend the celebration event. Letters have been sent home to parents and if your child wishes to attend please return the signed consent BEFORE Friday 29th April 2016. Our attendance at this national event will be an opportunity to promote the profile of Service Children. I do hope you are able to attend.
SALUTING SERVICE MUMS
Following on from the RBL and HMS Heroes Mother's Day campaign, we have been saluting how great our Mums are.... scroll down to see the HMS Heroes comments. Check out the HMS Heroes video at https://youtu.be/16iatM3mzms
Saluting Service Mums
This Mother’s Day, Sunday 6th March 2016, The Royal British Legion is raising awareness of how fantastic our Military Mums are. They have put together a video, along with children from another HMS Heroes group, talking about how great Mums are. This video will be launched on Mothering Sunday on the RBL site - share this with your child so they can connect with other HMS Heroes across the nation.
At our club this week we made Mothering Sunday gifts - a corsage flower - many would have been fit to have been worn by a proud Mum at a Military ball.
We would like to celebrate how great our Military Mums are too - so if you are happy for your child to be part of this national campaign please complete the consent form and return by 09/03/16.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Our HMS Heroes started back in January 2016 by making their own Heroes calendar so that they can keep a record of all those important dates. Unfortunately we then missed out on 2 sessions but last week we caught up on our activities by making a Loch Ness Monster - some rather scary and others quite cute!!!
Lydiard Park Field of Remembrance 2015.
This is a picture of our crosses having been placed in the Field of Remembrance. Pupils from Corsham Primary School very kindly represented HMS Heroes at the event and carried the HMS Heroes Standard.
Our pupils decorated Remembrance Crosses some of them we sent to the Falklands and some to Lydiard Park Garden of Remembrance.
WELCOME BACK HEROES!!
Mrs Berry and Mrs Smith are delighted to see so many HMS Heroes back this term and looking forward to getting to know those new members. Our first week back just happened to be the week that HRH The Duke of Cambridge (William) flew over our school in a Chipmunk and we all went out to watch. We made planes using wooden clothes pegs and lollipop sticks at our HMS Heroes club.
Last week was Lincolnshire Day (01/10/15) so we all took part in making our own Lincoln Barons. I wonder how much money our Barons would have raised if we entered them in a Baron auction??
HMS HEROES END OF YEAR TRIP
Our HMS Heroes really enjoyed their end of year trip to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby. Although it was noisy, we loved seeing 'Just Jane' taxi around the centre and pull up to a stop right in front of our toes!! A huge thank you to Peter for showing us around the Lancaster and getting us up close to such an important aircraft. Thank you to all those parent volunteers and staff members who were able to attend. Have a lovely summer - we look forward to seeing our Heroes again in September!! Mrs Berry and Mrs Smith
A huge thank you to Andy and Craig for bringing along some of their training items. We especially enjoyed having a go at pulling the ejector handle, rocking in the single lifeboat and lounging around in the big lifeboat. Check out how much we enjoyed the day in our photographs
YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED!!
Have a look at the lovely photo frames are Heroes made from card and lollipop sticks. Will they put a photograph of their parent/ friend or pet inside?
WHAT'S IN THE BOX??
Have a look at the lovely boxes our Heroes made last week and finished decorating them this week. The idea is that the boxes can be used to hide your treasures in or for keeping safe your thoughts, dreams and wishes. Some of our children thought they would be good to keep their teeth in - for when the tooth fairy comes to visit. Well done to everyone for all the effort and creative ideas.
Remembrance Day 2014
Some of our pupils made crosses which we posted over to Mount Pleasant Primary School on the Falklands. This week we received pictures of their pupils placing our crosses on the memorial at Fitzroy. They also sent us some stories written by the pupils about their trip to Fitzroy memorial. Please open the documents below and have a look.
WHO DESERVES A MEDAL??
So many of our Armed Services Personnel deserve medals for the work they do both at home and in other countries - bravery and dedication which keep us safe. We know that our HMS Heroes and other family members deserve medals too for the sacrifices they make when their loved one is away at work. Well done to all our medal makers, what a fabulous job you did!
Our HMS Heroes had great fun making shelters and Union flags. The addition of the Lancaster and spitfire flying overhead really made it feel like 1945!
Countries and Flags
This week our HMS Heroes were looking at different countries and their flags. We made the flag and then had a chance to draw the flag or the outline of the country in chalk on the playground. Super effort by all and check out the teamwork!
HMS HEROES CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER TERM!
Apologies to those parents and children who thought the club was running today. Apparently the clubs don't start in the first week back. Our club IS MOST DEFINITELY running from Thursday 23rd April onwards. Those children who signed up last term are still members of the club. If however your child does not wish to attend anymore please let me know as we have a waiting list for others wishing to join. We look forward to seeing you all next Thursday.
PARACHUTE DAY - THURSDAY 26TH MARCH 2015
At the last HMS Heroes - Smiles Across the Miles group before the Easter holidays we were joined by pupils from William Alvey School, Sleaford. Together we made parachutes from plastic bags, strings and spools. We all had great fun launching them from the school window (under close supervision). The children did a fantastic job at making and decorating their parachutes and it made me wonder how many of them will have an opportunity in life to do a parachute job, or even make parachutes from our Armed Services?? For a picture of some of our children please see the document below (those faces blocked out are children from William Alvey).
HMS HEROES AFTER SCHOOL LAUNCH TODAY - THURSDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2015
We had a fantastic response from pupils wanting to join up to the HMS HEROES club and all those who applied can be accommodated! We will keep you updated about the club activities and if you have any suggestions for things you would like to see happen, please let Mrs Smith know.
Reading Force is a national shared reading initiative for Service families. One of the best things about reading books is sharing and talking about them with family members - if you have a family member or friend in the Armed Forces then Reading Force is for you! Whether your loved ones are at home or away, all can get involved. So join the fun and ask Mrs Smith for your special scrapbook and you can sign up to receive your free book!
27.01.15 - PARENT/ CARER VIEWS AND COMMENTS WELCOMED TO HELP LAUNCH OUR HMS HEROES SUPPORT
All children are unique and have differing needs. Service Children often have additional issues to face such as a parent being away for several months on deployment, having to move school, move house and move geographical area all at once, dealing with the topic of war and conflict in the classroom and missing friends who have left our school.
Service families are also unique and their resilience to cope with the additional issues their children face will vary. In order to ensure that our HMS Heroes support meets the needs of our Service Children, I would welcome your views and comments on what type of support you feel is required.
I propose that a weekly HMS Heroes after school group is set up and that it runs throughout the year. The group can be accessed by any Service child who is in need of some additional support, for example due to deployment, a friend leaving or a school move.
Please submit your views and comments either in writing or by email to Mrs Karen Smith, Learning Mentor before Friday 6th February 2015. I look forward to hearing from you.
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