At WSM we run a services families club called Mess-Y Club.
Pre-Covid, we held a weekly lunchtime club to allow children to spend time together and form friendships with other service children. This was a drop-in and optional session. The whole group also got together once every half term to eat lunch and play games. Over the years, the club has carried out projects and trips to support the children. Last academic year we had a great afternoon bowling and a fantastic sunny day at Whisby Nature Park learning outdoor skills. We also made some wonderful crafts, had snowball fights and proudly represented the school at the Remembrance Parade.
This is not a compulsory club and we don’t enforce attendance because some children prefer to be with their friends at lunchtime instead. It’s great to see familiar faces and just as nice to welcome new ones but if a child forgets to come because they are playing with their new friends outside then that is the best reason not to come!
The aim will always be to provide a safe and caring environment for your children, providing support not just at the time of deployment but throughout the year. It is a place that children can talk about aspects of being a service child.
This academic year, with current restrictions in place, the club cannot run as usual. But as we continue to develop and grow, we will endeavour to provide the emotional and practical support that our service families need.
Some year group bubbles have been able to meet this term for a catch-up lunch. However, moving forward our Forces Champion, Mrs Schweikhardt, will be spending time with the forces children supporting them with reading and/or RWI. Mrs Schweikhardt will liaise with class teachers to find out how best to support each child and will use the time to continue to build relationships with the group.
We value any thoughts or ideas you may have to improve the care and support that we are aiming to provide for your service children. Please bear in mind that this role is always evolving.
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