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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 – 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."