Plaque to mark the Month of the Military Child

Wednesday April 24th 2024

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From left to right are: Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian Harriet Dalrymple, Head Teacher Jen Mouat, Provost Debbi McCall, Midlothian Council’s Armed Forces and Veterans Champion Councillor Pauline Winchester; Lance Corporal Scott Grubis of 2 SCOTS and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian Rachel Oliphant.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Armed Forces and Veterans Champion Councillor Pauline Winchester unveiled a plaque at Mauricewood Primary School in Penicuik today to mark the Month of the Military Child.

Cllr Winchester said, as a military child herself, she was honoured to recognise and celebrate the important role service children have within the military family during April.

She said: “It’s fitting that the plaque pays tribute to the unique resilience of military children. Just like the dandelion, which is known as the flower of the military child, we grow almost anywhere and survive in a broad range of climates.”

“The wording on the plaque is very special, acknowledging how military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient.

“They have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world, including at Mauricewood Primary and the wider community of Penicuik which enjoy such strong ties with the Glencorse Barracks, home to the 2 SCOTS regiment.

Head Teacher Jen Mouat added: “We are delighted to host this plaque in recognition of the important role that military children play in the Penicuik community and within Mauricewood Primary School.

“As a school we value the contributions of our military children and their families and are appreciative of their feedback which helps us to shape the work we do in supporting learners at Mauricewood and understanding the lived experiences of military families, in particular.

“We are enjoying our celebrations of the month of the military child.”

As part of the Month of the Military Child, Friday 26 April will be ‘Purple Up’ day, when everyone is encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the important role military children play in our community.

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