Hopefully you have all settled back into school life after the Summer, we have a few things coming up for our Military children within the school over the coming months. More details to follow.
I am still running Military club during the lunch breaks for KS1+KS2 all Military children are able to pop in, as and when they would like.
Welcome back Autumn 2022
I would like to firstly welcome our new Military families that have children joining our Foundation year
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely summer, the weather certainly was nice for a change.
This term I will be running the MKC on Tuesday lunchtime for Phase one and two.
Our Military Kids club is run by Mrs Kirkland, who is our Military Lead for Hooe Academy.
It takes place once a fortnight for Phase one and Phase two children.
We regularly bake lovely chocolate buns and enjoy eating what we have made yum! We have lots of Lego and enjoy building amazing creations, enjoy crafts, and games as well as lots of other activities.
The children are able to chat, share concerns or just simply talk to others who are in similar situations, in a safe place where they know they are supported and listened to.
Friday 14th October, we were lucky enough to welcome Johnny Mercer to the school.
The MKC had lots of questions for him regarding his time in the forces, He discussed his role within the armed forces, tours he has completed and spoke about impact being away from family has. The children also asked about favourite vehicles and what made him want to become an MP.
We will also have Andy coming in with his Military trucks the children will have fun climbing on, looking at the stretchers on the field ambulance, trying on uniforms and seeing military rations that they will also be able to taste should they wish. Date TBC.
During the summer myself and Bertie the MKC mascot came into school to do some digging and planting for our sensory and poppy remembrance garden, although now looking a bit weather warn, during the summer months hopefully the plants will have established and be in full bloom again, the children then can sit and relax with the scent of the lavender, honeysuckle and the many other plants. We will be able to watch the poppies grow and are looking forward to designing a display for Remembrance day.
MKC joined classes from Year 6 and 2 for a remembrance service on Hooe Green, we had the privilege of laying down crosses remembering fallen service personnel. The children also have written messages on crosses for service personnel past and present, these crosses were sent to The Field of Remembrance at The National Memorial Arboretum.
Crownhill community centre.
Junior youth grp will run every Wednesday during term time.
It is open to children age 6-12 with fun activities.
5:30-7PM No need to book.
They also run a coffee morning for families to get together and have a chat.
Military Families Information and Events
20th June 2022 - Raising of the flag ceremony, Guildhall Plymouth. MKC attend.
22nd June 2022 - Tour of Plymouth Argyle Stadium. MKC attend.
25th June 2022 - Armed Forces Day, lots of activities are taking place within Plymouth.
14th July 2022 - Lord Mayor to visit MKC in school.
14th October 2022 - Johnny Mercer visit MKC
11th November MKC attend Hooe Green for Remembrance Day
Our MKC have attended some exciting events lately, they attended The raising of the flag ceremony to celebrate the start of Armed Forces week.
A few lucky families were able to attend the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
We had a tour of Plymouth Argyle Stadium, sitting in the dugout, finding out upcoming events at the ground and had a photo opportunity with some of the players, all the children who attended received a medal and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
As part of our MKC some of the children joined other schools from around Devon for a Little Troopers wellbeing workshop.
The children were able to complete activities that highlighted some of the situations Military families face, such as parents being deployed, moving house and schools. Giving help on identifying feelings when these situation arise and strategies to help cope.
All the children involved enjoyed the morning and went home with their packs to read through in their own time and a certificate of their participation.
Plymouth`s Lord Mayor will be visiting the MKC children on 14th July, the children are very excited, especially to see the heavy gold chain.
14th July 2022
The Lord Mayor, her Deputy and the Lord Mayor`s consort visited us today, they met with MKC and also the school counsellors.
The questions all involved had for our visitors were outstanding and as they walked around the school popping into each class they commented on how calm the environment was and the lovely behaviour of all the children at Hooe.
MKC enjoyed explaining the different activities we do in the club, events we have attended and hope to attend in the future, and enjoyed seeing the Lord mayor and Deputy dress up in their robes, the names of the hats and also the reason they wear different coloured chains.
We all had a lovely time.
PSA information for all Parent/Carers
My name is Mrs Kirkland and I am Hooe Academy's Parent Support Adviser (PSA) as well as ELSA(Emotional Literacy support assistant) I also offer Pastoral support within the school and I am Military families/Young Carers lead.
My role varies from supporting you within school and also with outside agencies, the role really is whatever you need it to be and in whatever area you need help and support with whilst your child/ children are at the school - the list really is endless.
I am always available on the playground at the beginning and end of the day if you would like to catch me, I am in school daily from 8:30 until 5:00 so please if I can help with anything don`t hesitate to see me, the work I do is totally impartial and confidential.
You can contact me either via the school office, email or text on the designated number below.
Some information that may help, especially with the rising cost of living for all families.
Too good to go: All you have to do is download the free app, browse local shops and for £3 you can receive fruit, vegetables, deli and bakery products from a number of shops worth over £10 from Morrisons to Costa and many more shops within Plymouth, then collected at a time that will be allocated you via the app.
Lidl: Waste not veg box, for £1:50 you can get a 5kg fruit and vegetable box (pick up near the check out) subject to availability.
Water sure: If you or a family member have a medical condition, meaning you need to use extra water, either for extra baths or washing of clothes, have a child under 18 and receive tax credits/benefits, please visit the Water sure website and check eligibility as you could have your bills capped saving money.
Family holiday charity: The criteria for this is, low income (less than 24,000) not having had a holiday in 4year and you must have at least one child under the age of 18 who will be going on holiday with you. If you feel this could be you and your family, then you may be able to access a holiday in the UK, either a beach, forest or city break. If you feel you are eligible please email me on:
Lesley.Kirkland@horizonmat.com and I will complete a referral form. Subject to availability.
Asda in Plymouth will be continuing their Kids eat for £1 in their cafe, this ends 31st December, running alongside this people over 60 can enjoy a bowl of soup, bread roll and unlimited tea and coffee for £1 throughout November and December.
Morrisons children eat free when an adult buys a meal in their cafe for £4.99 this will run through the October half term.