Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is almost the middle of January already, the advantage of breaking up late before Christmas. We have had a hectic first week back what with training, new staff starting, waiting for new staff to start, whole school trip and a curling tournament!
Thank you to those people who collected Christmas Cards for the Cobalt unit in Cheltenham, I will pass them onto my friend who will take them up there for us. We received a cheque for £50 because so many of you filled in the survey about tutoring, thank you for doing that for us. We will be collecting Bags for School in the next few weeks, so if you are having a sort out then please think of us, we raised £70 last year.
Lots of us passed our Paediatric First Aid training on Monday so you rest assured that we have lots of people on hand for those cuts and bruises that often occur with children! Mrs Stirrup and Miss Cecil attended an Oxford Reading Tree training session on reading where lots of new ideas were gleaned ready to be discussed as part of our continual school improvement.D
We would like to welcome Miss Wendy Parsley to Clearwell, she will be working in Key Stage 1 and has really enjoyed her first week with us.
Thank you to everyone for bearing with us this week without an administrator. We have tried our best to keep everything going. It does mean that clubs letters haven’t gone out yet, so clubs will not start until Tuesday 22nd January. Apologies for this but I have taught 3 days this week and been doing other key administration tasks for trips etc. Mrs Kirsty Tarry starts with us on Monday and we look forward to giving her a great Clearwell welcome.
Dean Heritage Centre
On a very cold and frosty morning we all made our way to the Dean Heritage Centre to learn about life in and around the Forest of Dean and post WW1. This was to inspire children to ask lots of questions about our local area. This ties in with the theme for this term, ‘100 years in Clearwell’ which is part of the Heritage Lottery Funding project we secured funding for.
All three groups of children spent time in different workshops, namely Ma Meek’s cottage, a WW1 hospital and learning to do drills and about life in the trenches. The children definitely got to experience how cold it was with the temperature below zero!
School Games – Curling Competition
Four children from years 3 and 4 were invited to participate in a curling competition st Newent School. It was organised by Alan Beard as part of Gloucestershire’s School Games. The children had a wonderful time and I am really proud to announce that they got the Bronze Award (out of 12) for upholding the values of the games, namely, respect, teamwork and honesty. What wonderful children we have at our school.