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Eggbuckland Vale Primary School & Nursery

Thinkers and Learners

MKC Heroes

 

Children of our Armed Forces community of serving and  ex-serving personnel, the Reserve Forces and Royal Fleet Auxiliary  are eligible to join MKC Heroes.

 

Remembrance 2021

We gratefully received an invitation from the Crownhill branch of the Royal British Legion to attend their Remembrance service.  A group of year 6 children walked to the RBL and observed the two-minute silence at 11am on 11th November. The children were a credit to the school whilst paying their respects and made us very proud.

 

Royal British Legion Poppy Run 2021

Eggbuckland Vale have taken part in the Royal British Legion’s 2021 Poppy Run. The whole school got involved to walk, run and jog as many miles as possible in the week of Remembrance. We achieved an astonishing distance of 704 miles and raised a wonderful £208 for the Royal British Legion. What an achievement to be proud of, thank you to everyone that supported us.

 

What is MKC Heroes?

 

The Military Kids Club (MKC) Heroes network is a unique pupil voice group, for the children and young people of serving and ex-serving personnel, that is supported and facilitated by The Royal British Legion.

Members of MKC Heroes are ambassadors and young advocates for the families of serving and ex-serving personnel. Most importantly, they are friends for each other, providing strength and support especially in times of need.

In the words of Heroes’ members:

“MKC Heroes is not just a club, it’s a family where we stand united and support each other. It’s where we can be ourselves, share stories and help each other, which really helps me when my dad’s away on deployment.”   Evie aged 11

“Heroes makes me feel happy as I know that I can be looked after in the hard times I go through when my mum is away.”   Kieron aged 10

“Heroes has been a lot of fun and I really want to come to these meetings next year.”  Tyler aged 9

 

Why did it start?

 

In 2010, the group began in Plymouth, to enable the children of serving and ex-serving personnel to support each other. Since then, it has grown into a tri-service network of schools across the UK and in other countries where UK forces are based. It continues to provide a voice to explain to others the unique challenges and opportunities that go hand in hand with being part of an Armed Forces family.

“I would like people to understand military life more.”

Charlotte aged 12

Sharing with others is key to giving children of serving and ex-serving personnel the confidence to understand that there are like-minded friends available for support. As representatives for Service pupils, MKC Heroes provides insight into what it is like to be a Service child, helping to bridge the gaps between school staff, fellow pupils and the wider community.

“At MKC Heroes, they know they often face challenges that are different to some of their friends, such as moving house and changing schools frequently as well as having a parent who spends time away ondeployments. It’s a safe place where they can share their experiences to support each other and make life-long friendships.” 

Samantha, Primary School Welfare Officer

 

Where are MKC Heroes schools?

 

MKC Heroes are in schools across the country, from Scotland to Cornwall, and from Wales to Kent. The network also stretches across the globe as far as The Falkland Islands and Brunei.

“It is good to know that someone cares about people who are part of the Armed Forces family and they understand how we live, even if we are thousands of miles away.”   Eidanne aged 11

Who are the MKC Heroes Ambassadors?

 

MKC Heroes Ambassadors are older students who support the younger members through mutual understanding and focused projects. They are elected representatives and the active voice of the MKC Heroes’ groups, campaigning on behalf of the Heroes for all the things that are important to them.

This can be achieved by standing in school council elections or as members of Youth Parliament. In some areas, children and young people from the families of serving and ex-serving personnel can stand for County, City or Town Youth Council and influence civic, corporate and political policy.

“My son Jack has gone from strength to strength since joining. His confidence has grown and he has formed some amazing friendships with others in the group. I am very grateful to MKC Heroes and the positive impact they have had on Jack.”   Sam, parent

“As an MKC Heroes Ambassador I enjoyed helping other Service children, as well as gaining confidence and developing my leadership skills.”  

Rebecca, journalism student

For more information about MKC Heroes please visit the website

www.mkcheroes.co.uk or email mkcheroes@britishlegion.org.uk

 

An initiatve has been launched to encourage service families with children to read together and make a scrapbook about it, it's called Reading Force and you can visit the website to find out all about it below.

 

 

 

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