April is the International Month of the Military Child and each year we love taking this time to celebrate all of the little troopers out there!

The official flower of the Military Child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands.   

Please find below how we celebrated:

Students and staff at the college participated in a number of events during the last week of April.  A mixture of awareness raising activities and opportunities for celebration and enrichment took place in a busy week. Throughout the week, Tutor Periods were devoted to raising awareness for our non-service students of the unique challenges and opportunities our service children encounter. Linking to our school values of kindness and resilience we reflected on the challenges of separation and postings as well as relocating to new parts of the country and changing schools. Students all had a chance to write a ‘bluey’ which really brought the importance – and sometimes the challenge – of communication with loved ones away from home.

A number of our service students went to RAF Brize Norton to join students from other local schools to watch the RAF Falcons display on Tuesday, and the whole school gathered together to watch them drop onto the school field on Wednesday lunchtime. Service family members able to attend joined us for afternoon tea.

Wednesday was our ‘purple day’. We invited all our cadets to wear their uniforms to school and all students received a purple lapel badge. We chose to give them a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
commemorative badge which we thought would make a nice souvenir. Donations were invited from students and parents for Jon Eggings Trust who do fabulous work with our students, including a trip to Rolls Royce, Bristol on Thursday. 

Aware that schooling can be disrupted for some service students, we prioritise support for service students through our life skills enrichment programme; on Thursday a number of Service students from Years 7 – 11 received basic First Aid Training in our service student hub; ‘The Hangar’. Our MOTMC activities were co-ordinated by Mrs Hannah Owen, Service Pupil Premium Lead,
supported by staff and our Service Student Ambassadors, who were described in our recent OFSTED reports as ‘impressive’ student leaders.