Thank you to everyone that took part in our Art Competition which this year had the theme of  SHADOW  AND  LIGHT .

The response has been fantastic and we have really enjoyed receiving all the wonderful pictures. Thank you to all the schools that took part. We have had entries from all over the country, even a few from abroad.

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Kings Camps Portsmouth 2019

I am delighted to inform you that the Kings Camp Booking Lines will open on Wed 1 May; please have a read of the e mail below and contact Kings on the number to secure your place(s). Any questions please do not  hesitate to contact me.




For the eighth consecutive year HMS TEMERAIRE and HMS COLLINGWOOD presents a unique opportunity for Service dependants to experience the UK’s favourite activity camp. HMNB(P) COB, CO HMS COLLINGWOOD and CO HMS TEMERAIRE are delighted to announce two weeks (in each establishment) of sports and activity programmes organised by The Kings Foundation. Kings Camp is the leading provider of holiday sports and activity day camps for children and works closely with the many Naval communities across the UK. As a charitable organisation, Kings Camp focuses on the experience of each child attending camp. With inspiring coaches, children experience a wide range of sports and activities and whether it be meeting up with old friends, making new friends or developing a love for an active, healthy lifestyle, the camps provide a unique experience for all children.


With over 25 years’ experience, hundreds of thousands of children already have happy Kings Camp memories, many of them our children; activities include a wide range of sports, socialising, interacting and learning new skills from their experiences. With full use of sports facilities including swimming pool, indoor and outdoor facilities, the inspiring Kings Camps coaches ensure all children are fully involved in the activities. You can find further information about the Multi Active and Teen Active programmes at


The camps are for children aged 5 -17 years old and will run from 0800 – 1600 each day from:


Week 1    HMS Temeraire and HMS Collingwood              Monday 22 – Friday 26 July

Week 2    HMS Temeraire and HMS Collingwood              Monday 29 Jul – Friday 2 August


Drop off for all camps is between 0800 – 0830 and pick up is between 1600 – 1630 (1600 on Friday). Please do not drop off or collect after these times.           


Each camp can take up to a maximum of 100 children so please book early to avoid disappointment. The normal cost for each week is £187, however each place has been heavily subsidised by both the Kings Foundation (£77) and the RNRMC (£60), so the cost per child is only £60 for the week. If you wish to book a place during the first week and your child(ren) do not break up until the Mon or Tue please speak directly to Kings who will provide a reduced price for week 1. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to mix and enjoy each other’s company whilst enjoying a week of fun and entertainment during the summer holidays.


Payment is required at the time of booking and can be made by credit or debit card. You can also pay by child care vouchers you will just pay £1 to secure your place and then send Kings the vouchers. You will also need to provide your Service Number, rank and place of work.


To book your child(ren) onto the camp, call Molly and the team on 0114 263 2160

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Children England

Join us to change the world for children


Children England is the brave, independent voice of the children’s voluntary sector, working collaboratively to keep children at heart in society and to create a sustainable voluntary sector economy.

If yours is a charity that works for children, you’ll know how important it is that we make children central in services and policies that affect them – and how urgent it is that we support each other to make this happen both locally and nationally.

We work to achieve systemic change for children by collaborating with a huge range of children’s experts on bold policy development and clear, fearless campaigning. We speak up for children and the charities that support them at a time when "The sector needs a strong voice now more than ever to speak up against the erosion and fragmentation of services for children, young people and struggling families."


We invite you to join our network, add your voice and shape our work.




“The most intelligent, well-informed and effective champion for children in the UK.”

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The Mighty Poem

A wonderful poem written by one of our lovely children, Jacob, inspired by War Horse by Michael Morpugo

The Mighty Poem


My horse Joey


Brave and strong


Faces battle all night long


Bangs, explosions, gas and smoke


Damp and muddy on he goes


Pulling bodies from the trench


Cannot shift eternal stench


Endless trauma, no relief


No wonder we can get no sleep


My horse Joey


Brave and Strong


16 million men are gone


My horse Joey


Brave and strong


8 million horses 


Brave and gone




By Jacob Mason (8)


Inspired by War Horse

By Michael Morpurgo

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