PHSG visit to Stonehouse Barracks
On Wednesday 19th April a group of year 7 and 8 students, whose parents are in the Armed Forces, visited the Royal Marines Barracks in Stonehouse, Plymouth.
They had a tour of the Officers’ Mess, Victorian Library and other areas. In the Victorian library, one of the students sat in a chair once belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte and taken from his house on Saint Helena. They were shown some other artefacts, including swords, one from 18th century, belonging to General Edward Nichols RM.
The students were then treated to lunch in the Officers’ Mess. After lunch they were given a talk by Captain Eve Newton, one of only four women in the UK to have passed the Commando course.
The students and staff would like to extend their gratitude for the fabulous hospitality shown to them by RM Stonehouse and, in particular, to Colour Sergeant Gary Chapman RM (ex PHSG Chair of Governors).
“This trip was thrilling and exciting as we got to explore the barracks and even got to talk to someone who works there. We were allowed to hold some swords and even sit on Napoleon’s chair. During the visit we were given delicious food. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in this visit.”
Lily, Year 7
Students in the PHSG Parents in the Armed Forces support group (PIAF), meet up each term. For more information about the group, please visit their club page here.