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Catterick school signs covenant with the Army
4:35pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE community covenants between local authorities and the military two years ago have been taken one step further.
A new School Community Covenant has been signed between Risedale Sports and Community College at Catterick and the Army’s 15 North East Brigade.
The aims of such covenants are to encourage local communities to support the armed forces in their areas and vice versa, to promote understanding and awareness between the two, to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces and encourage activities that help integrate the armed forces community into local life.
The signing of the Risedale covenant took the issue into the new area of mutual support between the military and schools.
Taking part in the signing ceremony were Mick Hill, executive principal of the Northallerton and Catterick Federation and Brigadier Greville Bibby, the commander of 15 North East Brigade.
Mr Hill said: “Risedale College is the heart of Catterick Garrison, and it has one of the largest proportions of service children at any school in the country. Built as the garrison school in the 1950s, we are continuing the traditions of serving the garrison and educating service children.”
Brigadier Bibby added: “The purpose of the covenant is to cement the important relationship between the military and the community. What Risedale College have done today is make a public statement in acknowledging the highly important role they play in providing for the children of service families.”
Liam Gallacher, 13 and from Glasgow is a pupil at Risedale College whose father serves in the Scots Guards and lost his legs to an IED while on active service.
He said: “The school were very, very supportive and absolutely brilliant. Dad came into school to personally thank them for all that they helped me with.”
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