Well if I am feeling low about the work it is always good to look at some of the compliments I have had over the years.
Here are some from children:
“Bruce is a brilliant teacher who always includes everyone. He also makes all his teaching fun whilst still getting an important message across. I also enjoy Bruce’s songs when he brings in his fantastic guitar. I especially enjoyed his assembly on the story of the man who was lowered down the roof by his friends. All in all Bruce is a wonderful teacher who is very good at teaching something fun but also about an important message in life. However he has got a slight downfall as he often repeats himself. However he still makes time for everything he needs to say.”
Some thoughts from: Wykeham …
(Mr Clark) is rely god and exsiting
(Is there one assembly you remember well) Mr Clark with his frog.
I fink mrclack is very fun and i like the song we do whit him.
Mr Clark is fun, funny, cool, good and ace.
Mr clark is funny and kind, ausome.
I would like it if Mr Clarck could come in more often.
I love the songs he sings and the way he makes games with hidden meanings in and the stories he tells.
I love all the songs and his music on his guitar. I like the activities he does.
You (Mr Clark) have the best assemblies.
(Mr Clark is) funny good at playing the getar funny storys
He (Mr Clark) is funny and a good singa
Mr. Clarke makes learning about Christianity fun. He always has something new and exciting to keep us interested. When I was young some of the church services bored me so much I thought I would never enjoy being a Christian; but Mr. Clarke’s assemblies showed me a new way to enjoy my faith.
(Louise from Snainton)
And some from teachers:
We are extremely grateful that Bruce comes to Graham School. He has a wonderful relaxed manner and yet speaks with authority, wisdom and good humour.
He spends an hour with each of our ten Year 7 classes and this academic year, he extended his hourly sessions to some Year 8 classes as well. He leads a religious assembly for 270 Year 7 students and is a breath of fresh air. The students relate to Bruce very well and of course, he is already familiar to many of them through his work in primary schools. We always look forward to his visits.
Bruce is an excellent ambassador and we thank him very much for his significant contribution to our school.
Judy Snowdon -Head of Year 7 (Graham School)
Dear Bruce and Catherine,
We very much enjoy your regular guest appearances at our Tuesday assemblies at Scarborough College Junior School. Your engaging approach and warmth is a real expression of faith for the children and they gain a great deal from what you have to offer to the spiritual dimension of their education: thank you!
Graham Twist - Head of the Junior School (Lisvane)
Bruce Clark is a regular presenter of assemblies at Snainton CE Primary. He and Catherine are always very enthusiastic and well prepared for assembly, bringing a fresh approach to the role and a different perspective of worship to the children. He sometimes arrives at school a little later than expected.
The children look forward to Bruce's assemblies and eagerly join in. I am delighted that he has been able to support the school in this way and hope he is able to continue for many assemblies to come.
Steve Clothier-Snainton CE Primary.
I am writing to compliment you on the very effective assemblies you have done in our school this year.
You have an original and entertaining style that is much appreciated by pupils and staff and is very successful in getting your message across. Both key stages look forward to your visits, which is quite an achievement.
Thank you once again. Looking forward to seeing you in the Autumn term 07.
Many thanks from all at Wheatcroft for your continued input into our regular Wednesday "Visitors' Assembly".
As always, the assemblies have captured the imagination of the children and have presented the Christian message in an entertaining and lively manner. Your input is always eagerly anticipated and you must be aware of the "buzz" that greets your arrival at school. I am sure that not only do the children have a most exciting time during your sessions but that they are learning many important lessons for life.
Stephen Syers (Wheatcroft)
Bruce and Catherine come in to school frequently to take assemblies. They bring a fresh approach in to school and give a different dimension to children's understanding of who, how and why different people choose to follow Christian principles. They usually bring some fun, music and games in to their presentation. This engages our young people very quickly and whilst they interact. It makes them think too!
We feel that the assemblies Bruce and Catherine take are very worth while. They also help and support school in its curriculum and Christian worship coverage.
Admin – Overdale
As the end of term approaches, I'd like to thank you for your very valuable input into school life this year. The children and staff always look forward to your assemblies, which bring enjoyment and interest to all. I will never cease to be amazed at how keen the children are to participate, and how much they remember from one session to the next - would that they would do that in all their lessons! Your input adds a new dimension to our assemblies, giving interest to all.
The "Rock Solid" lunchtime club has been a very over-subscribed addition this year, with children being very disappointed that they could not all participate! We all hope that you will be able to return in the next academic year - we really do value and appreciate the work that you do.
Angela Hemingway and everyone at Newby and Scalby Primary School.
Very reliable, organised and well prepared. Children enjoy and look forward to the sessions. They always provide visual stimulus and interact well with the children to develop their involvement and engage their interest. Please, please, please continue the good work and Mr Robinson asks that he be included in the singing sessions!
Diane Haywood - Braeburn Junior
Bruce and Catherine always give a direct message in an engaging, usually amusing and always very entertaining way. They are always welcome to lead an assembly in our school.
Just a brief note to thank you for the excellent work you have put into organising the Tuesday assemblies for this school.
Over the last year, the visiting speakers have developed really positive relationships with the pupils, and have made a very significant contribution to the PSHCE / RE curriculum. I do hope that this excellent project will continue next year and that you may be able to extend the range of activities on offer.
Once again our thanks and very best wishes for the future.
I am writing to tell you how much I have appreciated your inspired involvement in our School’s worship over the past year through the Faith in Scarborough Schools initiative. You have not only organised visitors to School with proactive efficiency but you have also attended yourself.
Worship at our School is so important and the inclusion of different people explaining the same message must have a positive impact on our pupils’ understanding. The children really enjoy your input, will ask if it is your turn to arrive and, in a recent questionnaire, told me that you are one of the top ten reasons they enjoy worship time! Your lively, often visual interpretation of scripture speaks to our children and engages their attention. They love your guitar playing and worship songs.
On behalf of everyone here, I thank you for the time and thought you obviously put into planning and preparation of your memorable visits and would urge you to keep coming!
Steph Brown-St Martin’s