Fun all round as pupils see field gun and take part in assault course

Crofton Hammond Infant School staff and pupils and HMS Collingwood sailors with their field gun
Crofton Hammond Infant School staff and pupils and HMS Collingwood sailors with their field gun

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FROM an assault course to seeing a field gun, youngsters had a great time at a day to support the armed forces.

Crofton Hammond Infant School in Stubbington took part in Red, White and Blue Day as more than 30 per cent of its pupils have parents in the services.

As well as dressing in red, white and blue, the students decorated cupcakes, made bunting and had a go at an assault course.

And they got to see a field gun in action and have a go at pulling the limber.

Joseph Schofield, a year 2 pupil, enjoyed the assault course.

The seven-year-old said: ‘My favourite part of the day was the assault course and climbing the rope. It was hard but fun.

‘I liked seeing the field gun, which was heavy.’

Fellow year 2 pupil Gracie Lucas, seven, also enjoyed the assault course

She added: ‘We had to balance a beanbag on our head and walk across a beam. It was fun and I like decorating the cakes, too.’

At the end of the day, parents went to the school to watch the Royal Naval Volunteer Band of HMS Collingwood play in the school’s handmade field of poppies. A raffle and cake sale was held.

Headteacher Jacky Halton said: ‘It was a brilliant day.

‘The children had a lot of fun doing the different activities.

‘Our service family liason Di Bosustow helped organise it along with parents Tracey Cooper, Amanda Rolph and Sharon Lucas.

‘They worked hard and got some great prizes for our raffle, including a flying lesson.’

The event was raising money for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

Ms Halton added: ‘The cluster of Crofton schools will be putting their money together to donate.

‘I’m excited to see how much we raised.’

For Lieutenant Commander Daz Lucas from HMS Collingwood, it was great that local schools got involved.

He said: ‘I have ties to this school but it is good of any schools to take part in Red, White and Blue Day.

‘We also like supporting schools in the area and helping them.’