HMS Heroes

What is HMS Heroes?
HMS Heroes is a nationwide support group for children of service men and women. The HMS Heroes website gives lots of information about the group and the many nationwide events and activities the children take part in.
HMS Heroes at St Joseph's
At St Joseph's as we have several children who have one or more of their parents serving in one of the forces we are part of HMS Heroes.  Our HMS Heroes group is aimed at those children who qualify for the Service Pupil premium* and we choose two of these children each year to be our representatives at HMS Heroes events.  To support our HMS Heroes pupils and any other pupil who has a relative serving in one of the forces we run a lunchtime club every 4 weeks. This is a time for children to meet with their friends, share any news or concerns they may have, to play games or do some arts and crafts.
* Currently any child who has a parent serving, or who has served during the last 5 years is eligible. Your child may also be eligible if the step-parent who they live with is serving.
HMS Heroes in Plymouth 
As part of the Plymouth HMS Heroes group, our representatives are able to take part in the events run by the Plymouth group. Our children have been to 3 Commando at Stonehouse, 29 Commando Brigade R.A. at the Citadel, 42 Commando at Bickleigh, swimming at the China Fleet club and soon will be visiting HMS Ocean.
Our Heroes Representatives
This year we have chosen 3 children from year 4 to be our representatives.  All these children have a parent currently serving and have been part of the HMS Heroes group from the beginning.  Two children are invited to go to the Plymouth HMS Heroes event every half term and our representatives will take turns to go.
The HMS Heroes Team
Yvonne Shores, Lorna Taylor and Jenny Allen host the HMS Heroes KIT Club (Keeping In Touch) at St Joseph's.
They offer a range of expertise and support for the children.
Yvonne is part of the SLT at Joseph's. She is the school's HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) working throughout the school and therefore knows all the children well. She is also from a service family background and has one child at St Joseph's.  She is able to understand the varying needs of a service child and their family.
Lorna is the school's PSA (Parent Support Adviser) and is also a trained ELSA (Emotional  Literacy Support Assistant) . Her work involves supporting our families and running groups to develop and support the childrens' emotional well-being. She is always available to listen and provide emotional support when needed. Should you have any questions or concerns you can share these with Lorna at any time.
Jenny is a Teaching Assistant and mum of two and has a wealth of ideas for creative activities.  She has worked here for several years, knows all the children well and is a constant and reassuring friendly face for the children.
The British Legion are running a 'Poppy Treasure Hunt' competition in Plymouth and Plymstock until 14 November 2016. For more information please look at the poster and application form above.
On 17th May our two Heroes representatives were lucky to visit HMS Ocean.  The visit commenced with lunch in the Senior Ratings Mess and then a bus took us to HMS Ocean. We were given a tour of the ship including the Galley, operations room, vehicle and flight decks plus the chance for the children to wear the fire fighter and pilot head gear. The favourites for Megan and Aisake were the Operations room and the flight deck.