Pupils at a school where large numbers of children are from service families have been compiling a video of Christmas messages for their absent parents.
Children at Casterton Business and Enterprise School also prepared boxes with sweets, chocolates and special treats which have been posted to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
The school has 118 pupils from Rutland’s Kendrew Barracks where 2 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps and 7 Royal Anglians relocated from Cyprus and Germany last year.
Principal Victoria Crosher said the school had risen to the challenge by sending staff to Cyprus and Germany to meet the children and their teachers ahead of the relocation.
The support has continued with Kim Quigley, its forces family liaison officer on hand to help and Army training for all staff in order to understand what services children have to cope with.
Alicia Hughes, 13, whose dad Capt Chris Hughes is with 7 Royal Anglians, said support from the school made a “huge difference” when her dad was away.
Former RAF telecoms controller and service wife, Kim, said: “I can empathize with what the children are going through. We cannot take the worry away, what we can do is acknowledge it and provide emotional support.”
Capt Hughes, said a good school was important because in addition to deployments they were often on training exercises.