Armed Forces Day for pupils at Derwent Lower School, Henlow

Armed Forces Day at Derwent Lower School, with Tom Vincent KCT RN (seated) and Martin Harries.
Armed Forces Day at Derwent Lower School, with Tom Vincent KCT RN (seated) and Martin Harries.

Visits from veterans and serving military personnel marked Armed Forces Day at Derwent Lower School in Henlow.

Pupils enjoyed hearing about how the different visitors had served their country as well as using a range of equipment that was brought into school on Friday, June 26.

Armed Forces Day at Derwent Lower School, Henlow.

Armed Forces Day at Derwent Lower School, Henlow.

Keren Harries, the member of staff at Derwent who organised the day, said: “It is important that we take this opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. It makes the children think about what the armed forces have done for us as well as our country and continue to do so.”

One local veteran, Tom Vincent KCT RN, spoke to the Year 3 and Year 4 children at Derwent about his experiences of serving during World War 2.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes enjoyed a visit by the Royal Air Force Police where they were able to dress up in military gear.

James Adkins, headteacher, said: “I am very proud of the children and the way on which they have marked Armed Forces Day by coming into school dressed in red, white and blue or in their brownie, cub, rainbow or beaver uniforms. I would also like to thank the veterans and serving military personnel for giving up

their time to help our children learn”.