In 2017 Red, White & Blue Day marked the centenaries of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, whilst uncovering key roles of women in the Services.
From working on ships “alongside” in the First World War, flying in the skies during the Battle of Britain, to the frontlines of Afghanistan, women have played a pivotal role in the conflicts of the last 100 years.
It was great fun reading the various letters and there certainly was a lot of imagination that went into them all. It was tough to pull out three from each category, but I just about managed it. It was a combination of illustrations, humour and the personal touches that made these stand out from the others .. but it was close!"
From Heather Stanning, MBE - Olympic Rowing Gold Winner, 2016
For the 9 years and under age group: "Very difficult as all the entries had something that made me smile and think of home. I love Oscar's nail varnish and Isobel's drawings, but Caitlyn pipped the post with the variety of lovely things that would keep me busy for ages and keep a smile of my face."
For the 10 years plus age group: "Again, very difficult to choose three as they all had wonderful ideas for items we would need. I love the ear defenders, Max is spot on with that. Without a doubt one of the best items is Ewan's calendar, so I wouldn't forget those important dates. But overall, for me, it was Chloe with her practical and loving gift ideas."
From WO1 Annette Penfold, MBE, RNR
Pupils aged 5 & 6 enjoying making a Spitfire for RWBDay17. The school raised £240 for this year’s campaign.
To celebrate women in the Armed Forces for 100 years and promote Red, White and Blue Day 2017 both North & South Campus had the pleasure of two serving personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Chief Petty Officer Ann Miller-mc Caffery and Squadron Lead Victoria Dutton spoke to us about what is life for a woman serving in the Armed Forces. After their talk children were given the opportunity to ask questions and try on some of their uniform.
Cpl Robertson & Cpl Martin visiting Heysham High School.
Children and staff went Red, White & Blue for three established military charities.
Many thanks for the stickers the sweet sale we did has gone well and we encouraged our cadets to come to school in their uniform. We also decorated the school with red, white and blue bunting /flags.
Below are some photos of the children of Crofton Hammond Infant School taking part in Red, White & Blue Day 2017
The committee received 760 entries for both competitions and our judges commented that many of the 'postcards' were of a high standard and choosing the winners was a difficult task.
Dr Alison Baverstock (Head Judge)
Founder & Director, Reading Force and Course Leader for MA Publishing at Kingston University
I thought her humour was just the way a soldier would have written home, seeking not to describe the horrors but rather making those at home feel better.
This is a poem clearly inspired by WW1 poetry and the illustration is lovely.
This is lyrical and moving.
Our judges felt that Anmol really tried to think how it would feel to receive a postcard from home.
Showed strong empathy and understanding.
Our judges were particularly taken with Olivia's drawing and the message it portrayed.
Shape International School, an MOD School, based in Belgium, has won a photography competition to capture the most striking images of Red, White & Blue Day, a military themed fundraising campaign for schools.
Head judge Arthur Edwards MBE added: “The picture of the young girl smiling at the soldier, it’s the look on both their faces that made it a winner for me. The second picture of children throwing their paper planes was particularly well framed. It showed such happiness and was full of action”.
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Some more entries that we received for the photography competition:
Every now and then something happens, which surprises and pleases me!
Today, as the money has started to flow in, I was checking our Virgin Money page on the RWBDay website and was surprised to see a £59 donation from ’The Skip Factory’ in Bournemouth. Expecting it to be a skipping rope manufacturer, don’t ask me why but that was the way I was thinking, I was shocked to find that not only was it a skip that you hire for rubbish but the owner was a young lady called Bethany. I was on the case and on the phone to her to see if we could work together next year. I suggest that she donate £5.00 for every skip ordered, as a result of our introduction, and for them to put a sticker on the side of the skip. She was delighted with the idea. I asked her how she heard about us, she said her mother called her on Thursday and told her to make a donation, and she put together the little piece for her website. Now that’s great free publicity for us.
Patty Wallis - Project Manager
Our Evacuee Competition generated 1400 entries from 35 schools, our biggest response ever. The quality of writing from many students was very high making the judge’s decision extremely difficult. The following nine were the winners from each of the three age categories.
Aniya Barrado (Age 5)
Montgomery Infant School - winner
Veronika Sniukstaite (Age 6)
Montgomery Infant School - second
Evie Moore (Age 6)
Summerhill Infant School - third
Jessica Wootton (Age 9)
St Josephs RC Primary School - winner
Mathew Whitehead (Age 9)
Navenby C of E Primary School - second
Hattie Garnett (Age 8)
Stivichall Primary School - third
Jasmicaa Ganesan (Age 10)
Parkway Primary School - winner
Ida Jarju (Age 10)
The Divine Mercy R.C Primary School - second
Jessica Fogarty (Age 10)
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School - third
Thank you to all who took part in our 2014 Bookmark competition.
The winning three bookmarks were sent to Christine at Ditsy Doodles to be transformed into hand-sewn bookmarks.
Christine posted on her blog - "The quality of the drawings and the emotion displayed is fantastic. The use of silhouettes is very effective as is the bold black outline approach". Images and videos of how the bookmarks were made are available on Christine's Blog - Sewing in the Cotswolds.
Age group: Under 6
Jasjeevan Banwait (Age 5)
Age group: 7 - 10
Ella Smith (Age 10)
Age group: 11 plus
Aoife Sutton (Age 11)
Three young school children have won a competition to have their drawings turned into Christmas cards. The competition was run by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers' Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund as part of their Red, White and Blue Day Campaign.
Georgia Machin, aged 10
Prospect Hill Junior School, Nottingham
Alex Gurteen, aged 14
Sunnydown School, Caterham, Surrey
Skylar Miller, aged 7
RAF Akrotiri School, Cyprus.
Thank you to all who took part in our Postcard to Afghanistan competition. We had 233 entries so it was something of an epic to shortlist these to find two winners from each age group. .
Age group: Under 6
Age group: 7 - 10
Age group: 11 plus