St Boniface’s

Somme – July 2016

We had a successful morning on the Hoe with seven students from our Heroes group to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Somme.
The students were all invited to lay flowers alongside other students from across the city.

The service was very poignant and the students did us all proud.

                                                           Callum Coot, Year 11, was interviewed by Spotlight and The Herald.

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A year ten student Callum Coot represented MKC Heroes and the college as a standard bearer at the recent DDAY ceremony at the Tamar Bridge. Callum was joined by two students from St.Pauls.

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A year seven student Morgan Mclean has been  commended  for his efforts towards the Armed Forces Day badge competition and was presented his certificate by his tutor and MKC coordinator for the college.

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Two students were lucky enough to have been invited to HMS Drake for lunch in the senior rates mess and to then have a guided tour  of HMS Ocean .

Both students thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon, in particular the tour of the flight deck.

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In January a small group of students were invited to attend a  morning held by the Royal Signals looking at their role within the army and looking closely at their job role.

Students were given the opportunity to experiment with equipment and had to establish a working  phone line.There was also time for a question and answer session.






We were fortunate to have a whole mornings  visit from the Cold stream guards in February . The Guards provided the students with team building activities and the opportunity to shoot  a replica hand pistol containing BB pellets. The shooting was a huge success and some students did manage to hit the target ( it was very small).



In October three students were fortunate enough to attend the HMS Heroes leadership training, delivered by  Heather and Jono over three days.

The training provided students with the key skills to be an effective leader and to examine what makes a good leader,it also supported individual self and development of skills in learning, confidence and will power.

Students were also given time to examine what life  as a service child really means to them.

At the end of day three each student was presented with a certificate and a Help For Heroes tshirt.


 In late September a group of seven students were invited to attend HMS Raleigh for lunch a tour of training and to watch a passing out parade.
Students were greeted by PO Gibbs and given a tour of training by
PO Coot getting to meet recruits who had completed their ten week basic training and were preparing to pass out that afternoon.There was an opportunity for questions and to be introduced to veterans and a former ‘Bonnies Boy’.
The afternoon was a huge success, the students were exceptional and this was commented upon by families and friends of the class passing out and those sat in the stands around us.



To recognise Armed Forces Week students were invited to have Breakfast before school, this was very popular! So much so that we will be holding a breakfast once a month, with the first one in September . An excellent way for the group to welcome the  new Heroes starting.

On Thursday of that week we were fortunate enough to attend RM Bickleigh. Sixteen students and two members of staff spent the afternoon visiting the stables, completing a mini commando challenge and having an introduction into the life of a royal marine.

The highlight for many was looking at weapons and using camo paint.

We are now looking forward to the new term and planning our next activities.


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The brand new HMS Heroes group (Which has just recently been formed two weeks ago at our College). Have already had their 2nd trip together, which was on Tuesday 1st of October 2013. We were hosted on board HMS Sutherland, by Petty Officer Paul Underdown and we all had a brilliant time (more photo’s to follow). The tour included, an in depth guide of the workings of a Warship. Which included the flight the deck, hanger (which can hold a Merlin helicopter). This was followed by seeing the Ship Control Centre, Operations Room & Bridge. The pupils also saw where the crew slept as well.   I asked the pupils who visited the Warship, to write about their experiences, here’s one example; On Tuesday 2nd of October we were invited to go onto H.M.S Sutherland it was amazing I loved it we got to look at all the radar the sonar we got to go in the mess and have chocolate . our tour guide pants was amazing he was really clear in all of his explanations of what goes on and what machine does what and it was really fun going up and down all of the ladders, we got to look at all sorts of guns and overall I had an amazing time Thank you to Miss Beales and Mr McKenna  for giving us this amazing opportunity

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