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A post-Christmas blog!

Posted 6/1/2020

appy New Year to you all and hope you have all had a lovely Christmas! Apologies for the absence of my December instalment – I had a very busy last month before the Christmas holidays having to take some time off work with all three children poorly with chicken pox – typical it coincided with my husband being away for a few weeks – I know many military spouses will agree with me that all the drama always seems to happen when they go away!

I cannot quite believe it’s a new decade  – and 2020 promises some exciting times ahead! The Festival of Friends is up and running with one very successful meeting already having taken place, and two more planned for the next couple of weeks. This sharing of good practice surrounding Service Pupils between the schools in North Yorkshire will be so rewarding and hopefully the schools will learn a lot from each other moving forward.  The University of York have confirmed that the Festival of Friends Celebration event will take place on Thursday 17th September in their Spring Lane Building, it promises to be a fantastic event!

Also coming up this year is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which already has lots of exciting plans in the pipeline such as a “Living History” project documenting the memories of WWII veterans as well as the families back home who celebrated the end of the war all those years ago by hosting street parties – something we are hoping to help the schools recreate in May.

Nickie and I are also working on setting up a new Service Pupils’ blog – the Dandelion Blog -  to run alongside ours which will be written by the Service Pupils themselves and it will be lovely to hear their own voices. Their first blog will be all about their experiences attending the Cathedral Service back in November.

In more political news – the government has earmarked £2m each year for the next 10 years on improving Early Years provision for service families, and 2020 will involve scoping out how to distribute this fund by looking at demand and need.

The next SFSG meeting will take place at 0930 on 23rd January 2020 at The Pavilion, Richmond School, we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Jess

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