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We are delighted to have our own page on MKC Heroes and to be able to bring our service children together with other service children across the city.  Over the coming months, we will be uploading the activities we have been involved in with the group. We hope children and their parents will enjoy visiting our page for updates.

We are all very proud to be part of High View and hope that you will also visit our own website at www.highviewschool.org.uk , where you will be provided with not only very useful information, but also a glimpse into the daily life at our school.

We want all of our children to feel safe and well supported, no matter what challenges they may face.  Learning at High View is interesting and exciting, with an ethos rooted in mutual respect and tolerance. Children come to school with a positive attitude, are kind to one another and are eager to learn.

Included on our website are some helpful links to support with home learning as well as our key policies and procedures and of course, our MKC webpage.  Take a photo tour of the school or listen in to some of the children’s blogs and podcasts about how excited they are about their learning.

Don’t forget to click on our Heroes tab (above) to find out more about our MKC club at High View.

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Visit our MKC club at  High View

Do you like singing?

If you are age 4 upwards, come along to the MKC choir.
The Military Kids Choir is part of MKC Heroes. We meet on Wednesdays, in Plymouth Guildhall, from 5pm to 6pm, to sing together and have fun as a team. We perform at events all over Plymouth and help charities to raise money, especially the Royal British Legion. The choir is free to join and parents/carers can drop you off for practices or can stay for tea or coffee whilst you are having fun. (All staff have DBS Checks)
To find out more, contact MKC Heroes by emailing mkcheroes@btinternet.com or call Heather at MKC Heroes on 01752 307445 or 01752 779657
You can also join us by coming to our first Autumn practice on September 19th 2018.

MKC Heroes Primary School of the Year

On Wednesday 27th June, Isaac and Isabella were super ambassadors in collecting our award.   We are very pleased and honoured to have been awarded ‘MKC Heroes Primary School of the Year’!  We couldn’t have achieved this without the support of our staff, children and parents.  Thank you to everyone. #veryproud






Armed Forces Pin Badge Competition Awards

This week Leon and his family were invited to Plymouth Guildhall in a special Armed Forces Week Ceremony. Earlier in the year, in April, Leon designed his pin badge to commemorate the event and was awarded a runner up certificate and £50 prize money.

Well done Leon, we are all very proud of you.

MKC Heroes Display Board

This week we have been busy with our MKC display board.  The children love their worry hand to take all their worries away! We are very lucky to have one of the War Grave Commission’s ‘there but not there…’ Tommies which has greatly inspired and motivated our children in deciding how we can fund raise for the legion this year. Having had their initial meeting about this year’s centenary commemoration, the children have had some super ideas. Running true to last year, every one of our children will be invited to create their own contribution, along with our friends at Manor Court, our Veterans, Friends and Family and any members of the public who want join in with the aims of this project; to Commemorate, Educate and Heal.




MKC Attend Youth Council Chambers

On Wednesday 23rd May, Mrs Dorian-Kemp and Mrs Ingram had the pleasure of accompanying four High View Children, (one of whom is an MKC member) for this term’s City Youth Council Meeting. All our children were excellent ambassadors for our school.





High View’s MKC and YC Visit Pizza Express

On Thursday 24th May, our military children and young carers  thoroughly enjoyed their visit to pizza express at the Barbican Leisure Centre with Mrs Ingram and Mrs Dorian-Kemp. The children learnt about healthy food choices, how the margarita pizza got its name and then made their own margherita pizza!  Our children ranged from FS2 all the way up to Year 5 and were super ambassadors for our school.

The story tells us that Raffaele Esposito, the best pizza maker (pizzaiolo in italian language) of XIX century, had prepared in honor of Queen Margherita, a tomato and mozzarella pizza.  this pizza has tomato (red), mozzarella (white) and basil (green) to represent the colours of Italy as on the Italian flag! Since then for all it is called: Margherita Pizza.







Royal British Legion Donation

On Friday 27th April, High View were very proud to present a cheque for £1281.50 to the Royal British Legion fund from the funds we recently raised through our clay poppy wave and poppy bake off.  This wouldn’t be possible without the support from all our children, parents and staff.  Our poppies even made it to the other side of the world in Australia and New Zealand!





Congratulations – 2nd Place on Armed Forces Pin Badge Competition

Huge congratulations to Leon E for achieving 2nd place in the Armed Forces Day 2018  Pin Badge Competition alongside Carson W and Kian D  who received special commendations.

We are very proud of you. Well done.






Plymouth will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with lots of exciting events that recognise the contribution of service men and women, past and present,

within their communities.  MKC Heroes are sponsoring the badge we would like you to design.  This will be a pin badge everyone can wear on the day

(and across the weekend of celebration) that is unique to Plymouth.

The winning designer will receive their prize from a VIP, during the celebration, and will see their badge worn by many people throughout the week of celebration.

We are so proud of our children, who again this year, have supported our Armed Forces Day with some super entries. We are keeping our fingers crossed!




There But Not There – 2018 Armistice Project



Life-size silhouettes of First World War soldiers will be placed outside various locations around the country, most recently outside the Ministry of Defence

building to remind everyone about the sacrifices made by so many people 100 years ago.  These installations will be touring around the UK as part of a

charity fund raising event and to raise awareness of the Armistice Project.



Poppy Power! Half Term Fun at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Poppy Power! Half Term at Cornwall's Regimental Museum








Start date: May 26, 2018

End date: June 10, 2018

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Join Cornwall’s Regimental Museum during half term for some family friendly poppy making fun!

They’re collecting handmade poppies for their 2018 commemorative project – Come along this half term and your poppy could feature in their 2018 exhibition!

(or you’re welcome to take them home!)

They have a special Poppy Making event – check their website to see the fun activities which will be taking place all week, including:

Play the Bugle

Fun Quiz and Trail

Military Dressing Up

Historic Gun Handling Sessions

Become a ‘Young Curator’

Discover Bodmin Keep, Victorian Army Keep with historic armoury and military police cells

Young visitors (and older ones too!) can use their art cart and special craft supplies to create their own fun military medals, and can show off their creations by sharing photos to the museum’s social media pages for a chance to be featured!

They also have a gift shop, second hand book room and refreshment area.

Parking is free or pay and display overflow parking is nearby.  Dogs are welcome throughout the museum.

Riding at Bickleigh

If you are looking to ride a pony, the RNRM Riding Stables, home of the RNRM mascot horses, at Bickleigh are here to help.
Based within the barracks of 42 Cdo, we are a Registered Charity Riding Club primarily for Military Personel and their Families and offer lessons, hacks for all abilities, not to mention having a successful and well attended Junior Saddle Club.  Give them a call on 01752 727038 for more info!

Services Day at Legoland 2018

This year the Defence Discount Service has two dates available for Services Day at Legoland Windsor. Choose from Fireworks on Saturday 3rd November 2018 or a day on Sunday 4th November 2018. The event in the first week has already hit 25% of the limit set (to avoid lengthy queues for members) so early booking is going to be required for this event.
Details of these discounted days are available here (please remember that membership of the Defence Discount Service will be required to view – if you are not already a member, join up here)

High View MKC Children Greet HRH Queen Elizabeth II

We were delighted and honoured to be one of two schools in the city to be invited to greet the Queen as she arrived at Plymouth train station on the morning of Tuesday 27th March 2018 for the decommissioning of HMS Ocean. A group of 30 children from Y1 to Y6 were very excited to meet the Queen and they proved themselves to be great ambassadors for High View, as their behaviour and manners were exemplary. We waved our flags and cheered as Her Majesty approached. She came very close, wished the children good morning and gave us her lovely smile. Our children mixed with many dignitaries on the day, including the Lord Mayor and our local MP Luke Pollard. They were eloquent, polite and confident and we were very proud of them all.







In March, one of our parents entered into a charity boxing match and raised funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers – Help for Heroes. He actually won his match, well done Mr Robinson! You can still make a donation to such a good cause. To donate to his Just Giving Page, please search for “Billy Robinson” on Facebook. All donations will be going directly to the above charity.






Plymouth Armed Forces Day Pin Badge Competition 2018

Plymouth will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with lots of exciting events that recognise the contribution of service men and women, past and present, within their communities.

If you would like to enter the competition, please ensure your entry includes the words “Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2018”, and return it to Mrs. Ingram by 29th March 2018.  Good Luck!

High View’s MKC Children Visit RN Craft Afternoon At The Hertitage Centre

On the 8th March, two of our MKC children enjoyed visiting the Royal Naval Heritage Centre. Their craft afternoon was organised by the MKC (Military Kids Club) Ambassadors, who are children themselves in secondary school and fully understand how it feels to have parents who may be away on deployment. Isaac and Isabella met with lots of other children from schools across Plymouth whose parents are in the forces and were super ambassadors for High View.






High View’s Young Carers and MKC Club Visit Dartmoor Zoo

On Monday 19th February, 20 of our Young Carers and Military Children,  children from year 1 to year 6 visited Dartmoor Zoological Park.  We are currently building an educational relationship with the Dartmoor Zoological Park and hopefully more children will be visiting them in the future. The children had an amazing day and Mrs Dorian Kemp would like to thank them for being fantastic ambassadors for High View.  We feel that it is very important to recognise the contributions which our Young Carers and Military Children make.






High View Efford Remembrance Service






High View Poppy Wave

Our Head Teacher, Mrs Kim Dorian-Kemp is passionate about the needs of every individual child at our school.  Having discussed different activities with our Military Kids Club and Young Carers, we started to plan our own poppy garden.  Some of our MKC and School Council children are attending the Remembrance Service at Efford Crematorium on Wednesday 8th November and our year 5/6 children are currently learning about WW2. So, as a school and thanks to Isaac from our MKC club, we were inspired to create our own poppy wave, especially having seen the exhibit on the Hoe and in the Tower of London. “We want to make our school poppies look like the Tower of London.”

Working with Debbie Sweet, Stacey Chapman and students from Lipson Community College (who have been extremely supportive), we thought that it would be nice if our local community joined us.  We have had parents, carers and grandparents, local councillors and school governors coming in to make their poppies to go onto the ‘High View Poppy Wave’, with extra sessions being run by our local community group ‘Take-A-Part’ within the ‘Crazy Glue’ session with our school artist Soraya Phillips.

Some of the Manor Court residents  (we are currently championing the ‘Archie Project’ to raise awareness of dementia)  are also visiting the school to make their poppies to join the ‘High View Poppy Wave’.

Lipson Community College have very kindly offered the use of their kiln and once our poppies have been glazed, we will then construct our school wave.  Our Site Manager, Paul Hancock has given so much of his time into planning the supporting structure.  Again, this is where members of our local community have been amazing at coming together to remember those who gave up so much, and are going to help create our wave template.

All of this would not have been possible without the support of so many people including Debbie Sweet, Stacey Chapman and the sixth form students from Lipson Community College, our artist Soraya Phillips, Gemma Smith, Paul Hancock and sponsorship from Paul Brimacombe at PB Laminate.

Following our Remembrance Service, we plan to ask for a minimum donation of £1.50 for a poppy in order to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.  Mrs Ingram has also pledged to match the funds raised from the poppy wave, in memory of her father, Major Neil Ward, who spent his life dedicated to the RAMC.

If you would like to make a donation to the Royal British Legion or make a donation in return for one of our poppies, please contact our school reception 01752 772984. *Subject to availability. We will remember them.

We are pleased to confirm we have raised over £1300 for the Royal British Legion with our poppies even ending up in Australia.  Click here to see our poppy journey.

“These are 2 of the poppies I bought and took them out to Perth Australia for our grandchildren. Joshua who is 7 & Indiana who will be 1 in April.  One of the photos has kangaroos in the back & one is a war memorial.
Happy New Year to you all at the school. Regards  Maureen King”





Poppy Bake Off


This September, our MKC club launched our Poppy Bake Off competition. If you fancy making muffins, biscuits or a cake with a poppy theme, please complete your application form and return to school by 4th October. Then, bring your ‘Poppy Bake Off’ entry into school for judging on Wednesday 18th October.










Click here to see our full range of entries


bedtime stories




 Bedtime Stories

Reading bedtime stories while on duty:  A new app helps connect armed forces families by giving parents a chance to read stories while away from home. Click the link to find out  more.

   Little Troopers




Little Troopers

Little Troopers at School is a new project from Little Troopers to help empower both parents and schools when supporting the needs of service children in education settings. Little Troopers at School will grow throughout 2017 – please click the link to find out more.


Toby Carvery

To show their support for all our fantastic military personnel, Toby Carvery will be serving free carvery dinners to members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

Simply get your voucher here and show it when you order a roast or alternative main meal on 24th June, along with your military ID or a Defence Privilege Card.

GO Outdoors

GO Outdoors proudly support the Armed Forces Week and are offering members a 15% off (rather than the usual 10%). This offer is valid until the 1st July.  Just show your MOD90 or Defence Privilege Card at the desk or use the code on the Defence Discount Service website here if shopping on-line.


Are offering all Defence Discount Card and MOD90 ID holders a free hot drink in their cafes until the 25th June. More information is available here.

Legoland Services Day 2017

The Defence Discount Service is very pleased to be able to offer all Service Families exclusive access to Legoland on Sunday 5th November for the second year. The park will not be open to the general public and the discounted tickets for this event are limited and only available by pre-order, don’t miss out – order yours now.
For more information and full details of how to apply, please click here (membership of the Defence Discount Service will be required to access the ticket booking information).

 Widewell Fun Day

Widewell Community House are holding a ‘Fun Day’ on June 26th between 1200- 1800. Members from RNRMW West will be there to gleam ideas and suggestions about what the local community needs are.

Summer Holiday Offers for Service Personnel and Families

There are lots of summer holiday options out there with discounts or subsidies available for Service Personnel and their families. The NFF have put together details which include offers available from the Defence Discount Service and other options from various Naval bases. Click here for more details and take your pick …

Tickets for Troops

Stay up to date with the latest ticket releases by downloading the newly launched ‘Tickets For Troops Ticket Notification’ App (currently only available for iPhone).  For more information and instructions on how to download, please click here.


HMS Heroes Award Evening


We are very pleased to announce that High View won the MKC Heroes award for having an active website and involvement within the MKC Network.

We are so proud of our MKC children, they really are great ambassadors for our school.  A big thank you also goes to all our MKC parents who are fully committed to supporting their children, High View and their involvement within the MKC network.

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This week some of our MKC Heroes were lucky enough to visit the Citadel as part of Plymouth Armed Forces Week 2017. Our Heroes were very well looked after by 29 Commando who put them through their paces. They learnt lots about first aid, army weaponry and what makes a soldier, a soldier. Our Heroes thoroughly enjoyed their day and would like to thank everyone involved for organising such a super afternoon of activities.

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Our Remembrance Poppy Garden

We found out that Plymouth will be hosting the poppies from the Tower of London, ‘WAVE’  is on show at CWGC’s Naval Memorial at Plymouth from 23 August 2017 to 19 November 2017.  We decided to start planning how we  would honour our loved ones this year and considering where we could have our poppy garden. We have a few ideas so far,  with each child from our school making a clay poppy and fingers crossed, we will be working with a local artist to make our own poppies similar to those from the Tower. We will keep you posted!

(See below if you are interested in volunteering to support the WAVE).

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POPPIES: Wave Volunteer Opportunity with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Full Details: http://blog.cwgc.org/poppies-volunteers


 We visited Build-a-Bear to choose our MKC mascot!

Our younger MKC children loved  visiting the Build-a-Bear shop to choose our MKC  mascot. They  struggled to decide on one mascot so we ended up with two! Our children are very pleased with their mascots, who we are sure, will be attending lots of events… look out for them in our pictures!


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   Thank you to Build-a-Bear for looking after us so well.






HMS Courageous

HMS Courageous Visit

Our older MKC children are looking forward to touring around HMS Courageous in July. They are very excited. We will post some pictures soon – look out for our MKC mascots!




Lord Mayors Choosing Ceremony May 2017

This week some of our MKC and School Council children went to Plymouth Guildhall for the Lord Mayors Choosing Ceremony. They enjoyed seeing all the different Armed Forces present during the ceremony, especially when our new Lord Mayor was presented with Drake’s Sword.

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Sadly we didn’t win any main prizes, but are very proud to have had so many entries highly commended where our children received a signed, highly commended certificate from the AF Badge competition.

Well done to all our children who entered, we are very proud of you.


Free Family Workshop – 12th & 15th April, making boats on sticks at Union Corner, Manor Street, Plymouth on the 12th & 15th April 1000-1300. In honour of the 5oth Anniversary of Sir Francis Chichester’s circumnavigation of the globe in 1967. They will be making boats to commemorate, all the boats that sailed to greet Sir Francis Chichester in the sound in 1967, after he took a record breaking 226 days to sail single-handed round the world, returning to Plymouth triumphant on the 28th of May 1967.
Bring your boats to the Place de Brest, Cornwall Street Plymouth, PL1 1LB, for Lord Mayors day 27/05/2017 at 12.30 pm to participate in a Sir Francis Chichester themed performance.




 MKC Heroes visit Council Chambers









On Friday 10th March, our year 5/6 MKC Heroes visited the Council Chambers in Plymouth. This was an amazing opportunity for them to speak and put questions to our Lord Mayor,  Councillor Pauline Murphy,  local MP’s: Johnny Mercer, Oliver Colvile and Gary Streeter, local Councillors Sue Dann, Glenn Jordan and distinguished guests. Kian, Alana, Cain and Jenemah were super ambassadors for High View’s MKC Heroes, asking MP’s the question “Why are school budgets being cut?”

Interestingly, all the MP’s present confirmed that they will be pressing for further funding for their local schools. MP Johnny Mercer explained that although the funding formula has gone up to 3.9% and that this takes into account social depravation and the amount of children who receive free school meals, we are still a long way from London. MP Oliver Colvile confirmed that he has recently taken part in a Parliamentary debate about how funding ‘works’ in Devon. Whilst MP Gary Streeter confirmed that a final decision has not been made, (like MP’s Johnny Mercer and Oliver Colvile,) he is going try to get some more funding for his schools and that a new formula is being discussed for next year.

When asked the question “Do you think you do enough to help when our mums and dads go away?”, Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture and Armed Forces Champion for Plymouth City Council, confirmed “Today’s meeting shows that we are trying to involve more people, there is lots of support available and we are working hard to ensure everyone knows about it.” Former British Army Officer and local MP Johnny Mercer also confirmed “We can always do more, but regiments work very hard to involve everyone and bring people together.”

Today, I think all those present would agree, that the time given by all our honoured guests meant an awful lot to every MKC Hero present and on behalf of all our children at High View, would like to say thank you for giving us your time.

On behalf of all the children at High View, Jenemah also expressed her thanks to Councillors Vincent and Murphy for organising the removal of the graffiti near our school.



Armed Forces pin badge

Armed Forces Day 2017

Pin Badge Competition

  1st prize: £75   2nd Prize: £50   3rd Prize: £25


Plymouth will be celebrating Armed Forces Day with lots of exciting events that recognise the contribution of service men and women, past and present, within their communities.

MKC Heroes are sponsoring the badge we would like you to design.  This will be a pin badge everyone can wear on the day (and across the weekend of celebration) that is unique to Plymouth.

The winning designer will receive their prize from a VIP, during the celebration, and will see their badge worn by many people throughout the week of celebration.

Your design must include the words: Plymouth Armed Forces Day 2017

Download your Armed forces pin badge competition entry form here.



MKC Remembrance Service 2016


The Lord Mayor invited a child and parent from our High View MKC club to lay a wreath at the Remembrance Service on the Hoe. We were delighted to nominate Kian and his father, who was dressed in full uniform.  I know both felt truly honoured and they did the school proud.



Visit our news and events page at High View to find out more.

 MKC Letter to High View

Our children are loving their MKC club.

MKC letter to High View

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