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All_smiles_-_Caroline_and_cadets.jpgCaroline Flint and other South Yorkshire MPs met three Army Cadets from Howden Detachment Army Cadet Force at a presentation in Parliament.

The cadets visited Parliament with Adult Instructor, Staff Sergeant Instructor Emma Murphy, to spread the message about the Army Cadet Force to Members of Parliament from across Humberside and South Yorkshire.

Said Caroline: “It was wonderful to meet the cadets, who have shared their very personal project to commemorate those lost in the First World War.  It was also interesting to hear about their ambitions, to join the police, to work in communications and intelligence.  The cadets clearly gives young people a range of skills they can apply in later life, in or out of the armed forces.”

Caroline_talking_to_cadets.jpgColonel Simon Banks-Cooper, Honorary Colonel Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force said: “We wanted to showcase our prize-winning First World War commemoration project and explain the nature and scope of the workplace-relevant training that cadets now receive.” The MPs were also invited to visit the Army Cadets during their two week annual training camp in August.

The Army Cadet Force offers challenging and fun structured activities for young people aged 12-18. Sponsored by the Army and loosely based on military training, the Army Cadet Force develops young people’s self-confidence, leadership, teamwork and communication skills, making them better citizens and equipping them with skills for life. Army Cadets are promoted according to a military rank structure and have the opportunity to gain qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, NVQ, ILM and BTEC qualifications.

Caroline_cadets_and_officers.jpgCorporal Nikita Oakley, Cadet Lauren Priestley and Cadet Jayne Binns were runners up in an Army First World War commemoration competition.  They presented their project to the MPs, saying: “We thought about how to bring the history of WW1 to the modern day era, to make it more personal. We hoped that if we collated the stories of local people, it would help us connect with WW1 more. We asked the local community via Facebook if they would be willing to share the stories of relatives from WW1. They gave us photographs, documents and letters which allowed us to tell the stories of individuals.”

The cadets are hoping to plan a trip to the Menin Gate with the cash prize they received.  The Menin Gate is a memorial to the British and Commonwealth soldiers lost at the battle of Ypres in Belgium in 1915, during the First World War.

To find out more about the Army Cadet Force go to https://armycadets.com/join-cadets/

PHOTO SHOWS:  Corporal Nikita Oakley, Caroline Cadet Jayne Binns and Cadet Lauren Priestley.

 

Caroline Praises Cadets World War One Project

Caroline Flint and other South Yorkshire MPs met three Army Cadets from Howden Detachment Army Cadet Force at a presentation in Parliament. The cadets visited Parliament with Adult Instructor, Staff...

Welcome_to_the_Willow_Dome150319.jpgCaroline Flint wore red to join in Red Nose Day activities with pupils at Wadworth Primary this week.

The MP was shown how to make boxes to keep red noses in, after being given a tour of the school by Headteacher Peter McLean.

The MP talked about her trip down the Rossington pit many years ago, as Year 4/5 pupils explained their mining project.   After fielding a series of tough questions from older pupils, such as “When will World War III be?” - the answer was “Never, I hope!” -  the MP was shown the activities the school undertakes as part of its “Forest School”, where children learn about camping, nature and outdoor skills.

Said Caroline:  “Headteacher Peter McLean has encouraged staff members to learn forest skills and added a great creative element into the curriculum.  The pupils are learning skills they will enjoy for life - I wish I’d had a forest school at my primary. 

“Wadworth Primary is a good school in so many respects.  The teaching staff are enthusiastic; the school is decorated with the children’s work on every wall; and the school site has been developed to make play areas more interesting.

Wadworth_Prim_willow_dome_in_full_view.jpg“Visiting Wadworth Primary was a pleasure from start to finish – even if one of the pupils was worried about World War III!”

Speaking about Caroline’s visit, Headteacher Peter McLean said: “The children were thrilled to meet Caroline on Red Nose Day, and it was great to see her get into the spirit and join in the fun with the Reception and Year 3/4 classes. 

“The children in our Year 4/5 class were hugely interested in hearing about her Wadworth_PS_Red_Nose_Day150319_thumbs_up.jpgmining experiences, which will inspire them as they prepare for a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum later this month.”

Photo shows: Caroline joins pupils in the Willow Dome, left to right Jet, Leo, Caroline, Erin, Vitu and Eveline.
Bottom right - In the Classroom left to right: Imogen, Archie, Evie Ruby and Evie (Yes, there are two Evie’s!).

 

 

Caroline joins Wadworth Primary for Red Nose Day

Caroline Flint wore red to join in Red Nose Day activities with pupils at Wadworth Primary this week. The MP was shown how to make boxes to keep red noses...

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, met her constituent Antonia Walker in Parliament to discuss her undergraduate research into child literacy.

Antonia was invited to present her work in Parliament having been selected to take part in the annual Posters in Parliament initiative. The event brought together a remarkable collection of the best undergraduate research from across the country, providing an opportunity for over 50 undergraduate students, representing universities from across the UK, to exhibit their research in Westminster.

Antonia was presenting her work from her final year of study at Doncaster University Centre, which explored children’s experiences reading at school and in the home. Antonia found that girls were more likely to enjoy reading than boys, with girls more likely to read at home and in school. Boys often didn’t like the reading material on offer.

Caroline said: “Meeting Antonia proved to me what I already know – that Doncaster is brimming with talent.

“I would now love to see Antonia’s research findings shared with more schools in Doncaster, to help encourage more innovative ways to get children, especially boys, reading. Reading should be something to love, and not be scared of.”

Antonia said: “It was great to come to Parliament to present my research from my time as a student at Doncaster University Centre, which centred on the gender gap in literacy attainment between boys and girls.

“Caroline came to meet me to discuss my research and she seemed to understand, as an MP and as a parent, the challenges faced particularly in engaging boys in reading. Caroline offered her continued support for my work in this area, for which I am most grateful.”

Photo: Antonia presenting her research to Caroline in Parliament.

Doncaster student is picked to present her research to Caroline in Parliament

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, met her constituent Antonia Walker in Parliament to discuss her undergraduate research into child literacy.


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