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National Heroes Day 21 October

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by HeroesDay, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Heroes Day is a simple idea, so simple that it is brilliant ? I only wish I could claim the credit. That, however, has to go to a friend of Richard?s, a young teacher, called Danny Glavin, who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Help for Heroes in memory of my son Marine Richard Hollington. Rather than just ask people to sponsor him, he invited schools to allow their pupils to honour their heroes (whoever that is ? mother, father, Buzz Lightyear, George Best, Winston Churchill, Christopher Columbus, Yuri Gagarin, their class teacher), by coming to school dressed as their hero one day in lieu of school uniform. A few schools piloted the concept in the summer and the children and staff had a really great day honouring their personal heroes, some of the best costumes being a simple t-shirt with a picture of a relative serving in Afghanistan on it and children dressed as their great grandfathers along with their WW1 medals. Schools really got a buzz out of discussing with the children the difference between Heroes and Celebrities. As a result, hardly a football shirt was in sight during the pilot events. As the Heroes Day pilots were such a success, I wrote to the Prime Minister with the idea of starting an "Official Annual National Heroes Day" to be celebrated on 21st October, which this year falls on the Friday before the autumn half term for most schools. Fittingly this day coincides with Trafalgar Day this year. Details, registration and a schools pack can be found at http://www.heroesday.org.uk

    Whilst we don't expect many secondary schools will want to go the whole hog and dress at their hero, there are several fundraising ideas relevant to secondary schools to be found here http://heroesday.org.uk/Business.html
     
  2. Heroes Day is a simple idea, so simple that it is brilliant ? I only wish I could claim the credit. That, however, has to go to a friend of Richard?s, a young teacher, called Danny Glavin, who has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Help for Heroes in memory of my son Marine Richard Hollington. Rather than just ask people to sponsor him, he invited schools to allow their pupils to honour their heroes (whoever that is ? mother, father, Buzz Lightyear, George Best, Winston Churchill, Christopher Columbus, Yuri Gagarin, their class teacher), by coming to school dressed as their hero one day in lieu of school uniform. A few schools piloted the concept in the summer and the children and staff had a really great day honouring their personal heroes, some of the best costumes being a simple t-shirt with a picture of a relative serving in Afghanistan on it and children dressed as their great grandfathers along with their WW1 medals. Schools really got a buzz out of discussing with the children the difference between Heroes and Celebrities. As a result, hardly a football shirt was in sight during the pilot events. As the Heroes Day pilots were such a success, I wrote to the Prime Minister with the idea of starting an "Official Annual National Heroes Day" to be celebrated on 21st October, which this year falls on the Friday before the autumn half term for most schools. Fittingly this day coincides with Trafalgar Day this year. Details, registration and a schools pack can be found at http://www.heroesday.org.uk

    Whilst we don't expect many secondary schools will want to go the whole hog and dress at their hero, there are several fundraising ideas relevant to secondary schools to be found here http://heroesday.org.uk/Business.html
     

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