Teacher re­tires af­ter 33 years at one school

Accrington Observer - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

JON MACPHER­SON

PUPILS and staff have bid a fond farewell to a pop­u­lar teacher who has re­tired af­ter more than three decades of ser­vice.

John Clarke worked as a de­sign tech­nol­ogy and art teacher at Mount Carmel High School in Ac­cring­ton for 33 years.

He re­tired from the school at the end of the spring term.

Head­teacher Xavier Bow­ers said it was a ‘plea­sure and a priv­i­lege’ to have worked with John and pre­sented him with a school PE shirt signed by mem­bers of staff.

Sue Field­ing, school part­ner­ship man­ager, said: “John com­mented on how he had thor­oughly en­joyed teach­ing in Ac­cring­ton, in the area he had grown up in.

“He re­counted many amus­ing mem­o­ries dur­ing his farewell speech and he plans on con­tin­u­ing his cre­ative tal­ents dur­ing his re­tire­ment.

“A farewell staff foot­ball match was held with John as an en­thu­si­as­tic part of the team.

“Although John has of­fi­cially re­tired he has kindly of­fered to en­sure his cur­rent GCSE stu­dents con­tinue to have his guid­ance un­til their ex­ams in May.

“He will be fondly missed and staff at Mount Carmel wish him a happy and healthy re­tire­ment.”

John Clarke (left) be­ing pre­sented with the signed shirt by head­teacher Xavier Bow­ers

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