I've been meaning to get in touch for a long time to tell you what an inspiring French teacher you were for me, and to thank you for such a fantastic grounding in French.
I realise this email comes slightly out of the blue, but lately I've been thinking more and more about your lessons at Craigclowan as I'm currently doing a PGCE in French! Amazingly, I actually still have some of my exercise books from school and reading through them it's amazing to see the level of French you were teaching us - my year 7 class are still struggling to remember what a pencil case is, and my year 9 class can barely conjugate 'aller'. It just makes me realise how lucky I was having you as my teacher - and I can honestly say that doing French for A-level then at university was down to you! Oh I should also mention that I did my 3rd year abroad in Bordeaux - you are right - the best city in France!!
I would love to hear your news - I bet school has changed beyond recognition since I was there.
I hope you are very well, all the best.
We just would like to convey our sincerest thanks for all your help regarding the girls. We are truly sad to be departing but the school has left a great impression on all of us. Your members of staff have been exemplary. We wish you and Craigclowan all the best for the future.
All the staff really enjoyed instructing the Craigclowan pupils. They were polite, well behaved and most importantly they had a 'can do' attitude. Even when they were a bit out of their comfort zone they all tried their best with the activity. Loch Morlich Watersports provides activities to a lot of schools and Craigclowan is one that the staff always look forward to having here.
Thank you for bringing your choristers to take part in the rehearsal and both recordings for Songs of Praise at the weekend. I’ve been planning to write and thank you for your support. I also wanted to ask you to thank all the children – as you probably gathered on Sunday, I was very moved by their singing. I’ve been directing Songs of Praise outside broadcasts since 1993 and have always found three hour recording sessions exhausting! The fact that the children sang so superbly and were always fully engaged is remarkable. They are all an enormous credit to you, their parents and Craigclowan School. Once again, many thanks to you and the pupils for your invaluable contribution to our recordings in Perth.
I just wanted to pass on our huge thanks to you for arranging our visit today, and to John for taking so much time to show us around Craigclowan. We were absolutely blown away by everything the school stands for - and the passion which is evident in the headmaster, staff and pupils. I can't see how any child could possibly be unhappy in such a great environment!
I would like to thank the pupils and staff for their visit to Falkland Palace yesterday, the group truly was a pleasure to work with.
The audience in your school was fantastic. One of my best shows ever. Please send my congratulations to all the children - their response made it very special for me. I would be delighted to come back any time.
The children at the school really are incredibly polite patiently waiting their turn at the busy times, politely reminding me they hadn't paid on occasion (!) and volunteering to help me pack up at the end. The school and parents should be very proud.
Dear Craigclowan Junior Rugby Team,
I really enjoyed my visit to your school to play rugby. The food was lovely and so were you.
We were made to feel very welcome. Thank you again.
"You influenced the development of our two boys while they were at Craigclowan School, and I thought that you would be interested to know how they are getting on. They both still speak fondly of their time at Craigclowan, even though they have now moved on and are both beginning new and exciting stages in their lives.
Elder son carried on at senior school as you would have expected him to, with the same work ethic and dedication that was instilled in him at Craigclowan. He is currently in his first year studying English at St Andrews following a very exciting final year at senior school where he was Head of one of the boarding houses, and he represented the school on numerous occasions, including at 1st XV Rugby. He achieved 3 As at A-level in English, Latin and History. He's not quite sure what he eventually intends to do but it may involve the law or journalism.
Younger son has really blossomed at senior school. Academically, his results have been extremely impressive and he achieved 10 As at GCSE, including 5 A*s in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography. He is currently in the Lower VI studying Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths. He too has represented the school at a number of events and is becoming an accomplished public speaker. He has developed an entrepreneurial streak and, with a friend, now provides the music and lighting for virtually all the school's social events! Younger son is as passionate about science as Elder son is about the humanities, and he plans to eventually study a branch of engineering.
I hope you didn't mind me writing like this, but I thought you would be interested to know how the boys are getting on.
Apart from the obvious commitment to learning and the numerous activities on offer, the key aspect of the pre-school department at Craigclowan that shone out to us was the individual attention that each of our children received. Moreover, staff were always enthusiastic, sympathetic when needed and happy to discuss things with us at any time. We could not have imagined a better start to our children's school life. We have always said that experiencing the pre-school was an excellent advertisement for the rest of Craigclowan!
I felt I must contact you to congratulate the teachers and pupils on the trip, the behaviour and politeness of the children was exemplary and a credit to the school. Mr. Reynolds and his fellow teachers were very organised and ran the trip exceedingly well and clearly held the deep respect of all the children. The staff and fellow guests at the hotel had nothing but praise for the manners and general conduct of the school - rooms being kept especially tidy and no disturbance to the other adult guests either at meal times or in general around the hotel. The standard of skiing was excellent right the way through the group and it is pleasing to see a school treating the sport with the respect it deserves - well done Craigclowan. Please pass on my thanks to all for making it a very pleasurable and easy trip for me and wish them good luck with their skiing in Scotland this year and in the future.
It was an absolute pleasure, your children were angels, and their knowledge for their age as demonstrated on the day was exceptional! Normally we would split groups of that size if I have a colleague available, but it seemed your children were very attentive despite this. Looking forward to seeing you again next year.
The course went exceptionally well and all of the intended outcomes were achieved. Your pupils were a real credit to Craigclowan Prep School. Congratulations to you and your staff team for ensuring that your pupils had both an enjoyable and meaningful course last week.
I am just sending a quick email to say that I have just had the most pleasurable week of the season so far. Your children were polite as well as tidy and respectful towards the hotel and it was a pleasure to engage in conversation with them. I only wish that all of the school groups passing through my doors were quite as charming.
As their teacher, it was very clear to me that all these students had benefitted from outstanding teaching at Craigclowan and that the success at GCSE would not have been possible without this base. Not only do these students have an excellent foundation in French, but they also know how to learn and are motivated, committed students. This attitude was apparent from the moment they arrived here.
I arrived, a stranger in your midst, at the end of March, to be interviewed by Mr. Rathborne with a view to covering Mrs. Wright's classes in Latin and English until her return. What on earth was I doing here, I wondered: a retired teacher; no spring chicken and never having taught any pupil under the age of 12! Carol, Ian and Liz were there to welcome and reassure me. Youll be fine said Carol airily, dashing off to her class.
And I was. Just fine. Thanks to the support and friendliness of all the staff, from Mr. Rathborne to Ollie the gappy, there was not one moment of anxiety or of feeling out of place; everyone went out of his/her way to make me feel part of the school. Craigclowan is indeed fortunate in the calibre of its staff, who strive at all times to uphold not only a high standard of academic excellence but also an ethos of nurture for each pupil in every aspect of his/her school life.
I found this a wonderful atmosphere in which to work.
The pupils are a credit to the school and to their parents, what a delightful group of young people! They have the respect for the school, its staff and for each other; at no point did I hear a word spoken in anger or witness any lack of self-control or inflammatory situation. What l did observe was a healthy ethos of competition, hard work and good-natured activity - and a lot of laughter!
Craigclowan is a happy school, and it has been a privilege to have been part of it.