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Happy New Year!

Posted 13/9/2019


I hope you have all had a great start to the new academic year! 

This will be my sixth year as a Service Pupils’ Champion!  I’m probably more nervous about this one than I was about my first because I will no longer have Annabel - my collaborator, co-conspirator and font of all SPC knowledge – to keep me right.  Luckily we have the very lovely Jess Greenhalgh (pronounced Greenhalž like the French ‘je’!) joining the SPC team, and being put in right at the deep end planning the Remembrance Service at Ripon Cathedral!

I’m an RAF wife and Mummy to three - a 5 year old daughter and 1 year old twin boys! My little girl has had 4 nursery/school moves already, and we moved from Yorkshire to Oxfordshire when the boys were only 10 weeks old - so I am familiar with the changes, moves, separation from families and other challenges that service families face. My background is in primary teaching; I graduated in 2012 and I have had lots of experience working with many unique children from varying backgrounds. 

Since beginning my own family, I developed a keen interest in supporting service children in schools, especially knowing my own children will be facing similar challenges to those service pupils I have worked with during my teaching career. Starting this new role as a Service Pupils’ Champion is really exciting for me as I can now really focus on that passion to help service families like my own!

Jess is looking forward to meeting many of you over the coming weeks!  If you’d like to get in touch her email address is

Towards the end of last term Matt Blyton proposed the Festival of Friends project, a collaborative project aimed at developing and sharing good practice in supporting Service children in North Yorkshire and City of York schools. It supports the progress and welfare of Service children, strengthens staff understanding of their unique needs whilst improving their integration with non-Service children.  Matt’s bid for funding for the project was successful and the first planning meeting takes place next week.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Festival of Friends project!

The Service Children’s Remembrance Service takes place on Friday 8th November at Ripon Cathedral.  The theme this year will be linked to the 75th Anniversary of D Day, Jess and I will be in touch soon with information about the artwork for this year.  We’re looking forward to seeing you all in November.

Next year sees the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Jess and I are working together on a commemorative project which we hope will bring schools, veterans and the local museums together to commemorate and celebrate VE Day 75, hopefully culminating in some celebratory street / garden parties.  We’ll be in touch with more information soon!

The SPC Anxiety Workshops are still available, free of charge, to all schools. The workshops are not limited to Service Pupils, or to anxious pupils!  In fact, I believe that they have more impact when they are offered to all children – we will all experience anxiety at some point in our lives, understanding what it is and where it comes from goes some way to enabling us to overcome it.  If you would like further information about the workshops then please email me:

And that’s it for our first blog of the new academic year!  Hope you all have a lovely September, see you soon!





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