What a first week back we have had! I would like to welcome our new members off staff, Rachel Griffiths and Wendy Williams. Rachel has taught locally for many years and also works for Foresters Forest. She is passionate about education as well as our Forest heritage. She is absolutely perfect for Clearwell School and our new curriculum. Rachel will be doing PPA in both KS1 and 2 as well as teaching in KS2 Friday afternoons from January when we start our 100 years in Clearwell project. Wendy is the TA in KS2 and has 15 years experience in a city school in Bristol. She brings with her a wealth of experience which she is already putting to good use in school. Both new members of staff are offering clubs which is fabulous.
Our trip to the British Museum was extremely successful and wouldn’t have been able to happen if it wasn’t for the financial contributions from Friends and the time of parents who came with us on the trip. It was a long day but enjoyable day with the children being able to experience original Greek artefacts. The ideology behind the trip was to inspire the children to think like historians and come back to school and decide what they would like to find out about the Greeks. It certainly worked as they were buzzing with ideas today and we have a vast array of ideas to use to plan their learning.
For lots of the children and parents it was their first visit to London and we were fortunate our driver was a bit of an expert and treated us all to a mini tour of some of the landmarks including Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Downing Street, Big Ben (technically Queen Elizabeth tower!) and Westminster. We were very fortunate with the weather too, being able to picnic sunshine was a real treat. I don’t know of many schools who take a whole school trip to London!
Thank you to everyone who put their little blue tokens in the pot at Tescos, we came second which means that we have £2,000 to buy new ICT equipment. It is true, every little helps!