Children at Sporle Primary School celebrating the UK’s uniformed heroes had a visit from a former pupil who has served in Afghanistan.
RAF serviceman Matt West, son of a teaching assistant at the school in The Street, recently returned from the war-torn country to his base at RAF Honington in Suffolk.
And he called in to tell the pupils of his experiences as part of a special week in which they also met other military servicemen and members of the emergency services.
Assistant headteacher Karen Williamson said the school’s Key Stage 2 pupils have been studying World War II and the Key Stage 1 youngsters the people who help us in society, so bringing the school together for the week was a natural follow on from the UK’s second National Heroes Day last month.
She said: “We looked at what heroes are and how they are defined, and compared them with those who served in World War II and the emergency services nowadays.”
During the week, Swaffham firefighters took along the town’s fire engine and the police a road traffic car so the children could see them at first hand. There were also visits from a prison officer, the lifeboat service and the Armed Forces.
On the last day, the pupils dressed up as their own uniformed heroes and there were lots of young nurses, police officers, firefighters and soldiers.
Mrs Williamson said: “There was an enthusiastic response from the children.”