MKC Heroes Message
We are the MKC Heroes in Goosewell Academy, we are pupils from service families and we represent all the children who have a family member in the armed forces. We support each other and work as part of a bigger team of Plymouth schools who represent all service children in the Plymouth area. We will take your ideas to the monthly meetings and we look at ways to support each other in school. There is a MKC Heroes noticeboard in the main hall which shows events we have been involved in. A suggestion box will be located in the reception area, where we would like any service child to put in ideas or events they would like to see going on in school.
Military Kids Club; We are looking for new representatives from Y5 to attend meetings, groups and be the voice of the military families from Goosewell Academy. Are you from a military family, are you able to share your views and that of your peers. If the answer is yes please speak to Jo Penk and let her know.
Our MKC Heroes have attended many events since joining , they have attended meetings with M.P.’s, celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee, Plymouth’s Lord Mayors Parade, sung in the Pavilion’s and raised funds for the Royal British legion. This is just a taster of some of the activities this group has been involved in.
On behalf of our Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Pauline Murphy, Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant and all of us at the MKC H Plymouth Cluster, we would like to thank you for your amazing contribution of poppies to our remembrance collage at the Council House.
We used as many of your poppies as we could and have ensured every contributing school, and individual member, has their poppies represented. We hope you can pick out some of your poppies in the photograph or that you come along to see the completed collage.
The collage has really brightened up the Council House and will draw the attention of the public to the theme of remembrance that we all share at this time of year. It also demonstrates that young people are actively involved in remembrance and at the heart of life in the city.
Thank you again for your wonderful poppies.
The boys attended a session at the Apple shop to code some i-sphere robots around a maze,they needed perseverance, good communication, and cooperation to complete the task. There was much fun and laughter as robots flew across the shop and over the ramps with in the mazes.
Meeting with MP’s at Plymouth’s Council Chambers.
On Friday 11th January Daisy, Alfie and myself went to the Council Chambers to question the local MP’s. Daisy and I went because we are both Prime Ministers of our school parliament .Alfie went because his dad is serving in the armed forces and Alfie represents the service children in our school parliament.
We sat in special seats with microphones to ask our questions, I thought it was really cool.
The day before, we prepared our questions with Mrs Penk and we were allowed to ask one of them. My question was about improving housing for service families and I was happy with the answer Jonny Merser gave us.
The question time lasted for an hour which allowed all the schools to to ask one question. We were able to leave all of our questions behind for the MP’s to answer in their own time. I was proud to be chosen to go to this very special event and felt confident all afternoon. I hope that the MP’s make changes for service families in the future.
By Owen G.
Our Meeting with the MP’S.
On Friday 11th January three school representatives from Goosewell’s School Parliament attended a meeting with three local MP’s. This took place in The Council Chambers and was part of the Military Kids Club group. We along with lots of other local primary and secondary school had the opportunity to ask questions about support for service families as well as the environment and other current concerns for young people. We were able to leave any unanswered questions with the MP’s who will be sending us the answers to when they have looked at them. Everyone felt it had gone very well and was a successful in getting the voices of young people heard.
By Daisy S and Alfie S.
An Army Life by Kyra
Kyra has written a fantastic fictional story about life as an army family, written in the style of Jacqueline Wilson. The story begins to tell us a little about Army life and the challenges faced by the family at home when dad is away.
"How life can change in a minute."
Hi, I would like to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Clare and I am ten years old. I have a younger sister called Chloe, she is seven. We live with our Mum and Dad. Well, we did until recently. Our family is quite normal; my sister and I argue all the time, which I suppose is normal.
Dad works away a lot, but comes home at weekends but this time he hasn't come home for a while; Mum said he was away in another country working and wouldn't be back until the summer.
We has a chart on which we counted the days until Dad was coming home. Chloe and I would argue, who was going to write the next date on the board; Chloe always got to do it because she was the youngest and always cried! There were eighteen days left and we were all very excited.
It was a Friday morning and we had school but Mum hadn't woken us up. Maybe Mum's alarm hadn't gone off and she had overslept. Although this never happened, it was a possibility.
I ran into Mum's room but she wasn't there.
"Mum" I called, but there wasn't an answer. I went into Chloe's room, she was still asleep, so I woke her up and we both went downstairs to find Mum in the front room and two men sat at the table with her. Mum had been crying.
"Mum, what is wrong? We're late for school."
"Come sit down girls, I have some news for you. You don't have to go to school today." Mum said in a broken voice. "Yay, we don't have to go to school." Chloe said excitedly.
"Girls, these men are from Daddy's work." Mum looked up at us. I could see the sadness in her eyes, this wasn't good news, I knew it. I held Chloe's hand tightly; as Mum came over to us and bent down. "There has been an accident and Daddy has been hurt. There are lots of clever people working on him right now and they're flying him back to England as I speak."
"What's happened Mum?" I could hardly speak. My voice was croaky and I didn't really want to know the answer.
"A....aaaa." Mum also couldn't get her words out. One of the men spoke up.
"Clare." His voice was kind and gentle.
"You seem a clever young lady and very grown up I see. Daddy was caught in an ambush. Do you know what that is?"
"Yes I play Clash of the Clans," I said with a smile, quite pleased with myself, as I knew what this man was talking about.
"Well darling. Daddy was in an ambush with the Taliban. Your father managed to get many of his young troops to safety, but unfortunately, got shot himself whilst saving his men." I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. Chloe was very quiet for a change, but I could feel her squeezing my hand more tightly.
"Daddy is on his way home on one of the fastest aircraft to Manchester. These kind men are here to take us to him. No rush, but let us pack a suitcase, as we will be able to stay up there with him until he gets better.
Somehow she didn't convince me that this was the whole truth, but we did what we were told. "Clare," the voice came from Chloe "Do you think Daddy will be O.K?" suddenly, I felt like the protector and found myself lying too.
"Sure Chloe, Dad is the strongest man I know. Nothing beats Dad. How can you ask this?"
But deep inside, I wanted to ask this too, although I didn't want Mum to think I would ever think such an awful thought.
Well done Kyra. We think Jacqueline Wilson would be proud of this amazing story.