Service Families

Welcome to our Service Families page. Here you will be able to find information about our Service Club  and events which we will be holding, as well as keeping you up to date with the latest news from our Bears on Deployment. Information below regarding the use of Service Premium expenditure and impact can be found at:

Support for Children who are from Service Families

Mrs Elodie Gardner (Y5 teacher and a military wife) is the representative for our Service Families. As a military wife, she has strong links to the services and are always available to support both you and your child if need. Should you need to contact her please pop in to see her, telephone or use email: Additionally, Mrs Vicky Wilden, our Inclusion Leader has an over-view of pastoral provision, provided by the LAPS Team, for children who are from Service Families.

Sailors Children’s Society

Providing help & support to children of seafarers for 194 years

Sailors’ Children’s Society was formed in 1821 and is a national charity providing support for over 500 disadvantaged children of seafarers in the UK who have served in the Royal/Merchant Navy or the Fishing Fleets including ferries, tankers and cruise ships.

Service Club

Mrs Prince hosts our weekly Service Club on a Friday lunchtime at 12.30 in The Gateway.

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Termly Enrichment

We aim to host a termly enrichment activity for our children from Service Families. We have visited to places such as Rock Up, HMS Iron Duke and attended Bauble workshops, Christmas and summer gatherings with other local schools.  Furthermore,  Service Children are provided an additional session on the Gomer Multi-Gym (GMG) which was funded by the MOD. We aim to provided a variety of nurture opportunities for our children in the Service Club.

In this academic year 2019-2020, so far the the Service Club have:

  • played a key part in our Remembrance Assembly
  • enjoyed a a bauble workshop and lunch – some parents were free to join us
  • attended a family evening at Monkey Bizness

Remembrance 2019

The whole school gathered on 11.11.19, ahead of a two minute silence which was started by Mr McKenzie playing the Last Post. During our time of reflection the school took time to pause,  reflect and remember. We were very pleased to be joined by some of our service families who supported our time of remembrance by reading poems and presenting our wreath. A tribute was made to all our families, past and present who have serving armed forces personnel; in particular, those who are currently on deployment.

Service Club Summer Term 2019 Gathering

Rock Up in Whitley was the venue for this years Service Club summer community gathering. What fun they  all had, scaling and climbing the walls of over 20 different walls with multiple routes and all abilities catered for. The friendly team, along with Mrs Gardner and Mrs Toone, helped ‘plug’ the children on and off the challenges. It was a real pleasure to see them mixing together, having fun,  while letting a little of their competitive sides show. Following the climb they all tucked into a hearty and delicious dinner of pizza, chips, veg sticks and biscuits for pudding . Another fabulous time of fun and friends – thank you Rock UP.

Bear on Deployment

If you are going to be deployed, please let us know. Do you have an e mail address that we could have whilst you are away? This would be really useful, as your child will be able to keep in touch during service club held every Friday lunch time 1230 – 1300 in the ICT suite. The club is hosted by Mrs Gardner. We can make arrangements for them to communicate at other times too. You may also like to take Booty Bear, Jack Bear or Marine Bear on deployment with you so that they can keep us posted of their travels.


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Douglas Bear was deployed to Afghanistan in September 2019 and is still on deployment. We received this update in November.

Douglas bear has arrived safely at his final destination and has been settling in well over the past 3 weeks. He’s been busy understanding his new job and responsibilities and was recently lucky enough to escape the compound on a flight in helicopter. Some picture are attached showing him helping the aircrew with the passengers and the aircraft weapon system. He’s really missing home right now, but is lucky to to be able to speak with Kiki twice a week which is the highlight of his week. I known he’s really missing her. Christmas is fast approaching so he has a lot of jobs to get done so he can help all the staff out here celebrate and have a wonderful Christmas Day.

Douglass signing off.

Jack Bear was deployed in October 2019 on HMS Prince of Wales with Ben’s Dad. He was returned safely, with a new cap band just before Christmas 2019 – you can read all about the sea trials here – you can read all about the sea trials here.

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Jack Bear went to sea in December 2017 – what the video that Lilly’s Dad made

Booty Bear’s Deployment Update – 8 February 2016
We went to America to do some work with the U.S. Marine Corps in a place called Camp Lejuene which is in the state of North Carolina.  We went to many different areas to see how the U.S. Marines plan and carry out their operations. I saw tanks, helicopters large trucks and medical facilities, this made Anya’s dad really excited.  It wasn’t all work though, we managed to go on a road trip to Washington DC, the Capitol of the United States. This was really interesting, the city has lots of monuments and museums, it is also the home of the President of the USA, so I had my photo taken outside of the White House. I also went to watch a Basketball match which was cool. I then visited several of the Smithsonian museums which some of the school might have seen in the film night at the museum! America is a very large country, every state in America can fit the United Kingdom inside it, so Anya’s dad had to do a lot of driving. Overall it was an excellent trip, hopefully I will get the opportunity to go somewhere else next time.

I have listed all the places I have visted in The US: Washington DC, Charlotte NC, Jacksonville NC, Quantico VA, Wilmington NC and Camp Lejuene.
kind regards
Booty Bear

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Jack’s Latest Adventures

(09.11.2015) Jack Bear is on his way home after an enjoyable stay at the Al Udeid Airforce base in Qatar. He has been away with Oliver’s Dad. He visited us as we sorted out all the computers, radios, satellite dishes and other communications systems for British forces in the Middle East.  The base is also the hub for coalition air operations throughout the region and he got to watch everything from US carrier aircraft to British predator drones at work in the main Operations Room.  We have people here from all over including America, Spain, France, Canada, Denmark, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.  I think Jack met most of them! He also helped us ship stuff out to all kinds of hot and dusty places including:

  • Iraq
  • Kuwait
  • Jordan
  • Turkey
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  •  Oman

Sadly, we couldn’t take pictures of Jack in most of the really interesting places he visited as they are rather secret.  However, we did manage to get a few snaps outside in the 40C heat of the desert:
#42 Jack Bear on a blast wall; these pre formed concrete blocks are used as instant walls/fences and are all over the place.
#43 Jack Bear with a Satellite Dish – one of the cunning devices we use to do stuff like send this email.
#44 ditto
#45 Jack Bear at the Flags – the British element here is lead by the RAF and their flag flies by the gate alongside the Union Jack.
#46 Jack Bear at the flightline – in the background are two giant C17 transporter aircraft.
#47 Jack Bear in a bush – this bush is called Groot and he lives on the shady benches we built out the back of the building.  We have to water him about 3 times a day as it is so hot!

Hope Jack makes it back ok and has more adventures soon!

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(10.6.2015) I’m home! Sorry I haven’t been in touch for a while but I have been getting used to having my paws on dry land again.
Thank you very much to Campbell’s dad for a fantastic experience, and I am proud to say that I now have a medal to wear on my uniform for taking part in Operation Kipion. I hope to serve my country again in the future and who knows, I may even get another medal.
Well that’s all from me for now, I shall be in touch again with details of another adventure. (Does anybody want a companion for their deployment. One very interested bear awaits your invitation).

(23.3.2015) :- Hi , Jack Bear here, just a quick update on what I have been doing since I last wrote. We sailed from Bahrain and spent a week at sea supporting the US carrier Carl Vinson. After that we went to Kuwait and you’ll never guess what I met Prince Charles and the First Sea Lord!!!! How lucky am I? I also got the chance to visit one of the largest shopping centres in the Gulf and United Arab Emirates, they even had an IKEA, but best of all they had a big toy shop and I got to look around. We sailed again and spent the next two weeks in Defence Watches before arriving in Dubai. We are here for a couple of weeks and Campbell’s dad says that we are going to do loads of fun things including snow boarding. I am so excited. Just to finish off, I am very lucky one of the other people on the ship has a bear too, so I have a friend! Well lots to do so must dash, I will write again as soon as I can. Jack Bear x

Jack’s previous letter: Jack the bear here, letting you know how I’m getting on. We set sail from Portsmouth Naval Base on 2nd January and headed out to sea. I got the chance to stand on deck as we left harbour and wave to Campbell and his Mum.

We sailed from Portsmouth and crossed the channel, went through the Bay of Biscay (this bit was rough and I felt a bit sea sick!). Then we headed into the Mediterranean Sea and conducted exercises and training before going through the Suez Canal (that was brilliant). We arrived later in the Gulf Sea and I was able to go ashore in Bahrain (I have so many stories to tell, I visited the American Naval Base where I was able to Skype Campbell for the first time, as well as the British Club. I even went to the formula 1 track where I sat in one of the cars. How cool is that!).We sailed again and I was keeping watches alongside Campbell’s Dad, 12 hours on and 12 hours off (very tiring). Everybody on the ship has a very important job to do and mine is to make sure that Campbell’s dad wakes up on time and is always in the right place when he should be (I am very proud of this job, what a responsibility!). Well that’s all for now, I’ll send you an update as soon as I can, meanwhile, make sure you all keep working as hard as you can and I look forward to catching up with all your news when I get back. Jack the Bear, x.