Colburn Primary School pupils find out about work of military and police

Pupils at Colburn Primary School have found out more about the work of the Armed Forces while also raising money to support the mental health of veterans, serving soldiers and their families.

The children were visited by the Royal Lancers who taught them how to use binoculars for looking at images of military vehicles.

Soldiers from 32 Engineers talked to the children about the importance of metal detectors in their work and pupils used a detector to find a rebar post on their school field.

The school was visited by the newly-formed Army Multicultural Network which worked with pupils on diversity and equality issues in Britain and across the world.

Classes also who worked with 5 Medical Regiment learnt how to administer first aid to Santa and his reindeer when they had a nasty accident preparing for Christmas Eve.

Scots Guards allowed children to try on their various equipment and 4 Scots were met with cheers when they erected a huge inflatable assault course which was enjoyed by staff and pupils alike.

North Yorkshire Police also attended and talked to pupils about road safety, internet safety, and alcohol awareness.

At the end of the day, pupils, parents and staff met on the playground to enjoy a rousing display from 1 Yorks Drum Team followed by a wonderful performance from the Fijian Military Choir.

Stalls were open for the purchasing of Christmas themed products and a raffle of more than 60 prizes was held. The total raised was £750 which will be divided equally between the Army Benevolent Fund, the Veterans’ Foundation and the local charity The Beacon.

Headteacher Jane Knowlson said: “The whole school community had a wonderful day and we are very grateful to the military and North Yorkshire Police for their contribution.

“Living on the edge of Catterick Garrison, it is so important that our pupils are aware of the work of the armed forces and the opportunities that are available to them as they progress through education.

“Due to the huge support of our parents, we were able to raise funds for Military Minds while at the same time raising the aspirations of our pupils.”