High View School
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.
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 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.
ARMED FORCES DAY DISCOUNTS
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 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.
Plymouth Armed Forces Week
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.
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).
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!
Thank you to Build-a-Bear for looking after us so well.
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.
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 AND WE HAVE HAD LOTS OF SUPER ENTRIES.
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 BOAT MAKING WORKSHOP IN HONOUR OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER
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 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
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.