A Year in Carbeile Junior School Military Kids CLub 2018/19Back
Published on June 16th, 2019 | by Pete Ogburn
A Year in Carbeile Junior School Military Kids CLub 2018/19 What a year it has been for Carbeile Junior School Military Kids Club (MKC)! Carbeile MKC meet in school every Wednesday lunchtime throughout the school year whereupon the children take part in various activities including art and craft sessions for Mothers’ Day, Burn’s Night, Halloween, [&hellip0
A Year in Carbeile Junior School Military Kids CLub 2018/19
What a year it has been for Carbeile Junior School Military Kids Club (MKC)! Carbeile MKC meet in school every Wednesday lunchtime throughout the school year whereupon the children take part in various activities including art and craft sessions for Mothers’ Day, Burn’s Night, Halloween, Fireworks Night, Thanks Giving, Christmas, Easter and much more. On other occasions they take part in sporting events such as dodge ball and bench ball. These sporting activities are for all MKC members from Year 3 through to Year 6 and it’s great to see the older children looking out for the welfare and well being of the younger pupils. This element of pastoral care and support is a key component of everything we try to do, particularly in encouraging the children to support each other through the challenging periods of separation from parents or loved ones when on deployment.
The other main key component is for the children to have fun but back in November we took time away from playing and crafting to commemorate the centenary of Armistice. All the children in school created a poppy from recycled plastic drinks bottles in preparation for a memorial service and parade on Monday the 12th. We were delighted to be joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, The Captain of HMS RALEIGH, Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association and perhaps most fortunately a Royal Marines Bugler from the Band of HM Royal Marines Plymouth who sounded the Last Post and Reveille impeccably. Our MKC pupils were joined by their parents (many of whom attended in uniform) and four of our girls appeared live on the BBC Radio Cornwall Breakfast Show. It was a truly poignant and memorable occasion that will remain with the children for many years to come.
We have around 70 Forces Children in Carbeile at present and, whilst not every child wishes to attend MKC, we filled a coach with very excited children when we visited Deer Park Farm in March for a great day riding around on the back of a tractor and visiting the cows and lamb shed where we met the new born lambs (some of which were just hours old).
Throughout the year, our MKC members have maintained the pond and wildlife area next to the Year 5&6 playground. Last summer we replanted a flower bed with red, white and blue bedding plants; they looked great! This year, we are trying to go one better: we have asked children to bring in their parent’s old combat boots, steaming bats and desert wellies in order to create a pyramid of military boot flower pots which will again be planted up with patriotic flowers. We’ve included a photograph of our initial attempts and will post more as the plants come into full bloom.
Speaking as relatively newly qualified teacher but especially as a parent (who has served over 30 years in the military), I am frequently blown away by the fantastic attitude and resilience of our MKC pupils. It is a joy to see the positive effect having a Military Kids Club has on these children and also to observe the way they care and support each other. They are indeed our MKC Heroes!