April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, which highlights the important role Service children play in the Armed Forces community. It is a time to applaud Armed Forces families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
Did you know the official flower of the military child is the dandelion because its seeds are blown far and wide by the wind, but it will always plant roots and blossom wherever it lands?
SSCE Cymru would like to encourage education settings to carry out activities during this month to celebrate and raise awareness of the unique experiences this group of children and young people have and become a more Armed Forces-friendly environment.
Ideas of how schools can get involved
Some examples of how schools in Wales celebrated Month of the Military Child in 2021 include:
- Each Service child created a presentation about their experiences which they shared with their class
- The whole school wore something purple for the day. The class who wore the most purple had an extra ten minutes of playtime.
- Classes designed badges that might be suitable for Service children to wear.
Mount Street Infants:
- Army Engagement Team visited school to talk about their experiences and how they live in the outdoors
- Created dandelions and decorated the school with them to raise awareness of Month of the Military Child