A six year old girl’s design of her school’s pet cockerel won her a national Postcard to Afghanistan competition.
The prize for Evie Joyce, a pupil at St Mary and St John Primary School, North Luffenham, was a VIP family visit to the British Military Tournament, an annual event of parades and military re-enactments held in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
Evie, from Edith Weston, who was accompanied by her mum Emma, dad Major David Joyce and classmate Isla Osman and was taken backstage, said: “We got to see a horse called Doughnut.
“He was in the performance with another horse. I don’t know his name but he was bobbing his head all the time just like Colin (the cockerel).”
The competition was run by the charity Red, White and Blue which supports the three charities.
Evie, a Year 2 pupil at the school, won the under six category and Henry Taylor, six, a fellow pupil, also from Edith Weston, was runner up.
The postcard with Evie’s message ‘hello, we have a pet cockerel called Colin. We get to feed him and I love having a school pet’ will be sent to Camp Bastion, the main British mililtary base in Afghanistan.
Evie said she drew Colin with a pen then coloured in with a little red, a little black and a little green because Colin looks “a bit green and turquoise when he turns”.
The school, where 21 of its 171 pupils come from service families, has close links with nearby St George’s Barracks.
Headtacher Fiona Wilce said: “We currently have parents deployed in Afghanistan and The Falklands and entering the Postcard To Afghanistan competition enabled the children to learn more about deployment, promote our Christian values and allowed the children to express their feelings in words and pictures.”
Colin the cockerel wandered into the school a year ago and never left. “He adopted us, so now we feed him and he has a shelter,” the headteacher said.