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About SSCE Cymru

Seren of the Month

The SSCE Cymru ‘Seren of the month’ award is an opportunity for our team to publicly recognise an SSCE Cymru STAR, and say thank you to a Service child, member of school staff, work colleague, network member or organisation that have positively collaborated with us or shown exceptional support to Service children in education and their local Armed Forces community. We are grateful to work with some truly inspiring individuals and groups who ensure that Service children continue to feel valued and celebrated here in Wales.

Seren of the Month


Seren of the month – June 2024

Debbie Vaughan Roberts

Conwy County Borough Council

The SSCE Cymru team are lucky enough to work alongside Debbie as our key contact for Service children in Conwy Borough County Council.

It has been fantastic to see the support for Service children grow in Conwy schools over recent years and Debbie has played a big role in this! Debbie works closely with SSCE Cymru and her colleagues within the council to utilise the SSCE Cymru Local Authority (LA) Action Plan template, ensuring that Service children are considered and supported from an LA perspective in Conwy. She acts as an advocate to ensure that good practice is shared with all schools through regular updates in their school bulletin.

Debbie has also recently organised a Month of the Military Child event for schools with Service children within the LA and managed to bring several happy Service children together for a fun filled morning of music sessions and a workshop from the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum!

Thank you for all that you do for the Service children of Conwy Debbie!!


Seren of the month – May 2024

Kelly Hamid

Pembrokeshire County Council

SSCE Cymru have been lucky enough to work alongside Kelly since she was given responsibility of supporting Service children in Pembrokeshire County Council, around four years ago!

Kelly has been a huge advocate of the SSCE Cymru programme, as the lead contact for the local authority and line manager of the West Wales SSCE Cymru Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs). She has always demonstrated a huge amount of support for Service children and improving the provisions available for them in Pembrokeshire.

Kelly has utilised resources such as the Local Authority (LA) Action plan to consider the improvements and changes that could be made to the LA provisions which has embedded good practice, ensuring support for Service children in Pembrokeshire is strong now and in future years. Kelly has always been happy to share her own experiences and knowledge with other LAs across Wales and collaborate where appropriate.

Thank you for all your hard work and support!!!


Seren of the month – April 2024

Ralph & Harry

Service children at Baglan Primary School

Ralph and Harry are aged 6 and in Year 1 in Baglan Primary School in Neath Port Talbot.

Their daddy is a Pilot in the Army, and lives on camp during the week. They are super excited when daddy comes home on the weekend, but also find it tough when he is deployed overseas.

Ralph and Harry love school, especially playing with their friends and performing on stage! As most 6-year-old boys, they are very busy, and are involved in kickboxing, football, rugby and swimming. Their favourite things to do with daddy when he is home is playing football in the garden, play mousetrap, go on the beach and wash mummy’s car!

They are both excellent members of Baglan Primary School’s Little Troopers Club. We are so proud that while their Daddy is currently deployed on operational tour they have kept smiling! 

Thank you, Ralph and Harry and your wonderful family!


Seren of the month – March 2024

Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs)

SSCE Cymru

This month, we are shouting out a big thank you to four Seren’s of the month!!!!

The SSCE Cymru Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs) have been instrumental in the growth of the SSCE Cymru programme over the past few years. There personal and professional experiences has brought a wealth of knowledge to the programme, that has enabled us to increase our support package and resources. This means that education settings in Wales now have a much stronger understanding of Service children’s experiences and are well prepared to support this unique group of learners.

Each of you has been an absolute pleasure to work with. You are incredibly hardworking, dedicated, enthusiastic and have all been strong advocates for Service children in Wales.

Thank you, thank you, thank you - good luck with your next steps - we will miss you so very much!


Seren of the month – February 2024

Aysha Waghorn

Mount Street Junior Schools

As Deputy Headteacher and ALNCo at Mount Street Junior School, Brecon is a wonderfully knowledgeable and professional member of staff. Mount Street Junior School was the first school in Wales to be awarded our Armed Forces Friendly School (AFFS) Cymru Bronze status in recognition for their work with Service children and the wider Armed Forces community in this area. Having worked in this community for many years, Mrs Waghorn has personally welcomed and assisted many Armed Forces families by helping them to integrate seamlessly into their new environment, often being the friendly 'go to' person at the school, she will always help if she can. And although this is a whole school approach with Mr Hopkins, as Headteacher and all the staff and pupils at this school doing an excellent job of welcoming new Armed Forces families, it’s Mrs Waghorn who has engaged with us on numerous occasions. She has demonstrated how the school ensures that they remain inclusive by continuing to show an appreciation and understanding of the challenges faced by Service children, recognising how difficult it can be for these children to move on. Mrs Waghorn is always there to help those who need extra support to manage new situations better.

Thank you, Mrs Waghorn, for all your efforts, it is much appreciated!


Seren of the month – December 2023

Reg White

Haverfordwest High VC School

It has been a pleasure working with Reg at Haverfordwest High VC School. As a veteran, Reg has firsthand experience of the Armed Forces lifestyle and as a result, he understands the importance of setting up a Forces Life Club at the school with his colleague Emma Richards. This has given the Service children at the school and within the cluster an opportunity to come together regularly, share their individual experiences and have fun. Reg has worked hard with his team, and this has shown in the achievement of the Gold Armed Forces Friendly School Cymru status. Reg is now using his knowledge of the SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit and is sharing this to help other schools within West Wales.

Diolch Reg and the Haverfordwest High VC School Team! Please keep up the good work.


Seren of the month – November 2023

Rhia and Sean Molino

The Veterans Awards and Forces Fitness

The SSCE Cymru team have had the pleasure of working with Rhia, Sean and the teams from Forces Fitness and the Veterans awards over the past few years and we value all the enthusiasm and dedication that you have demonstrated towards supporting SSCE Cymru and the Service children in Wales. All the Forces Fitness team are fantastic, and we love how the programmes they offer link so well to encouraging schools across Wales to deliver the SSCE Cymru mission. We are particularly grateful for all their hard work in the setting up and running the Service children’s awards 2023. We are super excited and proud to be the first nation in the UK run this event.

Thank you very much for all your efforts, we truly appreciate it.


Seren of the month – October 2023

Sarah Hayward

Learning Support Assistant, Ysgol Pen y Bryn

It has been a pleasure working with Sarah at Ysgol Pen y Bryn. As a mother of three and a spouse to a serving member of the Armed Forces, Sarah has firsthand experience of this lifestyle and as a result, understood the importance of setting up a Little Troopers Club at the school. This has given the Service children at the school an opportunity to come together regularly, share their individual experiences and have fun. Diolch Sarah and the Ysgol Pen y Bryn Team! Please do keep up the good work.


Seren of the month – September 2023

Kayley Phillips

Deputy Headteacher, Cwmclydach Primary School

It has been a pleasure to work alongside Deputy Headteacher Kayley Phillips in supporting Cwmclydach Primary Schools’ Service children. Kayley has been so proactive for her Service children in the school, and even though there is only a small number of Service children, Kayley ensures that they receive the best education possible and that their voices are heard. An amazing example of this is Cwmclydach Primary holding a day to celebrate Armed Forces Day in June this year, where the whole school were involved in fun activities and recognising the experiences of their Service children.


Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."


"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times, it’s just a normal thing now."


"It's ok talking over skype and that, but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."


"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, it's adventurous and exciting."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."


"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."


"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."


"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."


"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."


"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there,’ but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"


"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."


"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."


"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."