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Military Mates

At Hadleigh Community Primary School we work alongside parents who are members of HM Forces to welcome and support families and children to the school.

Miss Horwood runs a club, Military Mates, exclusively for pupils whose parent or parents are members of HM Forces. It is not compulsory for pupils to attend and is available as a drop-in club as and when pupils wish to attend. Some children attend every week.

We meet on Tuesdays from 12.15 PM in RH, Miss Horwood’s Reception classroom, down in the south lobby. Outside the classroom is a Military Mates display board with a world map complete with drawings of where pupils Mums or Dads who are serving may be with clocks showing relevant times zones in line with current parent’s overseas deployments. The children will also have the opportunity to count down on the big calendar to their parents return.

Children can come to the club for a chat or to take part in a variety of activities some of which are listed below:

· Make personal I.D badges.

· Write letters and blueys to parents overseas.

· Make memory scrapbooks.

· Find out where in the world their parent/s are.

· Play games like snakes and ladders, ping – pong and card games like Top Trumps.

Useful Links

Little Troopers

A registered charity supporting children whose parents are serving in the British Armed Forces:


Little Troopers Treasures

Little Troopers teamed up with Harper Collins Children's books to create an app which allows serving personal to record themselves reading a story which can then be sent to their loved ones:


Supporting children, young people and families during periods of deployment

Supporting children, young people and families during periods of deployment: A booklet of information about how to support your child, family and yourself during the period of deployment:


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