Head’s Blog – 21st December 2018

Here we are at the end of 2018 after what can only be described as a week of highs and lows with our farewells. We know how to celebrate Christmas at Clearwell with our visit to the Caves last week and then our annual Christmas party at the Castle. The venue and the food were incredible, the children had the most fabulous time laughing and dancing, some mesmerised by the lighting on the floor. Thank you to the castle for inviting and hosting us.

After our Celebrations the children sang to the older members of Clearwell to an array of praise. This came on the day, via email and Facebook.

Our nativity play performed by Oak class today was superb. Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Stirrup and Mrs Lawrence have worked tirelessly with the children to get them ready to perform and they certainly did! The reading by all of Year 2 individually and the acting by Year 1 and Reception children was lovely and lots of memories were made.

Heads Award

The Christingle part of our celebration is so magical. Thank you to Mrs Baulcome and her team who make the Christingles for us and Miss Young for telling us what each element of the Christingle represents.

Thank you to Mrs Frith who has been the welcoming face of Clearwell primary school for her last 3 years. I don’t think anyone can appreciate the vast range of skills that you need to have as a School Administrator and Mrs Frith has mastered it! She is always smiling, supportive and simply wonderful in every way. OFSTED commented on the meticulous nature of the safeguarding documentation that she keeps. We wish her well in her new adventure and we know that we will keep in touch.

There were many tears flowing as Mrs Lawrence said her goodbyes today. She has been part and parcel of Clearwell for the last 17 years and I for one cannot thank her enough. She has been honest with me at all times and supportive beyond imagination. She has a way or letting me know that I have forgotten something without being critical. We will miss her massively and I know that I will be contacting her to find out where something is, she is the font of knowledge! We wish her every success in her future and am sure that she will be back to volunteer on school trips if she is available.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. The children have told us (and Father Christmas at the Caves) how important it is for them to spend time with their family and friends at this time of the year, not the gifts that they receive. Make some memories and we will see you in 2019.