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Events

SSCE Cymru journal

The SSCE Cymru journal provides an overview of the activities and events that SSCE Cymru team members have been involved with.

Apr
24

Capturing good practice films at Ysgol Glan Clwyd and Ysgol Pen y Bryn (North Wales)

April 2024

Millie, Programme Manager, and Cara, School Liaison Officer, have had a fantastic few days up in North Wales visiting Ysgol Glan Clwyd (Denbighshire) and Ysgol Pen y Bryn (Conwy) with filming company Clecs Media, to capture some new good practice and Service children story films.

Apr
24

Month of the Military Child celebrations at Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog (Denbighshire)

April 2024

Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog are a school in Denbighshire, North Wales, with one Service child. Please see below a quote from Headteacher, Laura Martin, and some lovely photos of what they got up to in April to celebrate Month of the Military Child!

Apr
24

A busy month celebrating Month of the Military Child at Haverfordwest High VC School (Pembrokeshire)

April 2024

Haverfordwest High VC School are a secondary school in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, with 60 Service children. 

Apr
24

A successful month celebrating Month of the Military Child at Ysgol Penygloddfa (Powys)

April 2024

Ysgol Penygloddfa, a primary school in Powys with 4 Service children, had a busy month full of Month of the Military Child celebrations during April. Service children and their peers took part in hosting charity bake sales, sporty activities such as zumba and wheelchair basketball, arts and crafts sessions which included creating dandelion art sculptures and a banner for purple up day to name a few! 

Please see below some wonderful photos of the children enjoying activities that took place and a quote from ALNCo Tammy highlighting the positive impact of these acitvities on their Service children.

Mar
24

Cwmclydach Primary School celebrate Silver Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru status

March 2024

Cwmclydach Primary School in Rhondda Cynon Taf celebrate achieving their Silver Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru status.

Feb
24

Baglan Primary School Celebrate Silver!

February 2024

On the morning of Thursday 8th Febuary, Baglan Primary School, in Neath Port Talbot, were presented with their Silver Armed Forces Friendly School (AFFS) Cymru status, in recognition of their whole school approach when creating a positive and welcoming environment for Service children on their role. 

Jan
24

South Wales Forces Festival

January 2024

The fourth and final Forces Festival was held in South Wales and took place in Maindy Barracks on 23rd January 2024. The event saw over 70 Service children and their peers come together from ten different schools across Bridgend, Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan for a day of fun and exciting activities and workshops. Service children were able to share their experiences with fellow Service children and make friends from other schools.

Jan
24

Service Children from Baglan Primary School meet the Army Engagement Team

January 2024

On Tuesday January 23rd the Service children at Baglan Primary school had a visit from the Army Engagement Team. They spent some time with the team and took part in STEM activities. 

Nov
23

A visit to Baglan Primary School's Little Troopers Club

November 2023

Jo (Participation Leader Officer) was invited to Baglan Primary School to visit their Little Troopers Cub. 

Nov
23

SCiP Alliance Annual Conference 2023

November 2023

The SSCE Cymru had a really interesting and informative day at the SCiP (Service Children's Progression) Alliance annual conference in Birmingham, which this year had a theme of 'Identify matters'.

Nov
23

Llanfair Primary School celebrate their Armed Forces Friendly School (AFFS) Cymru Bronze Status

November 2023

Llanfair Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan hosted a celebration assembly upon receiving their Armed Forces Friendly School (AFFS) Cymru Bronze status.

Nov
23

North Wales Forces Festival

November 2023

Service children and young people from schools across North Wales come together for the first Forces Festival in North Wales hosted by SSCE Cymru at RAF Valley.

Nov
23

Young Wales Festival 2023

November 2023

On the Saturday 18th November, our Participation Lead Officer, Jo was joined by some of our Service children Ambassadors at this years Young Wales Festival. This event took place in the Great Hall of the Bay Campus, Swansea University and was hosted by Children in Wales

Nov
23

Baglan Primary School achieve Bronze Armed Forces Friendly School Cymru Status

November 2023

Baglan Primary school achieve their Bronze Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru Status!

Nov
23

East Wales Forces Festival

November 2023

The second of SSCE Cymru’s Armed Forces Festivals took place on 8th November 2023 at Raglan Barracks for Service children across East Wales.

Oct
23

Service Children Awards Cymru 2023

October 2023

On Saturday 28th October 2023, we celebrated the first ever Service Children Awards Cymru. Brought to you by the Veterans Awards CIC, in partnership with SSCE Cymru, sponsored by Powys Council, General Dynamics, YourNorth and Forces Fitness. The awards ceremony was held at the Infantry Battle School, Brecon, supported by the Army and RAF engagement teams and included music performed by the fantastic band of the Prince of Wales!

Congratulations to all the finalists. We really enjoyed celebrating with you all!!!!

The charity partner for this years Service childrens awards Cymru was the fantastic Little Troopers.

At the event, we also took the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of the schools in Wales who have achieved their Gold Armed Forces Friendly School Cymru status.

See all the photos from the event in the gallery at the bottom of the page.

Oct
23

RIGHTS TOGETHER: A Celebration of Childrens Rights

October 2023

On Wednesday 25th October Jo Wolfe (PLO) & Emma Reeves (RSLO West Wales) attended the Carmarthenshire Youth Council day at Parc y Scarletts Llanelli, West Wales. 

Oct
23

Armed Forces Festival - West Wales

October 2023

SSCE Cymru host the first Armed Forces Festival for Service children!

Oct
23

Forces Children Scotland's Scottish Parliamentary Reception

October 2023

Some members of the SSCE Cymru team attended Forces Children Scotland's reception at the Scottish Parliament Building. 

Sep
23

Lyla, a Service child ambassador from Llantwit Major High School

September 2023

Jo, our Participation Lead Officer (PLO), has been out and about on school visits and called into Llantwit Major High School to catch up with Lyla, one of our Service child ambassadors. Lyla has recently been nominated and selected as a finalist in this years Service Children Awards Cymru 2023.

 

 

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."

Aiden

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

Ashim

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

Chloe

"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."

Chloe

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

Georgia

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

Harry

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

Ieuan

"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."

Mia

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

Oliver

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

Ryan

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

Shana

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

Sianed

"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.'"

Sanjog

"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."

Lewis

"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."

Piaras

"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."

Dan