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In Memory of Gwynne Mack

St Clere’s staff, Governors and The Osborne Trust are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Gwynne Mack, former Deputy Headteacher of St Clere's School. Gwynne (born 25/3/1943) was appointed as Deputy Headteacher while St Clere’s School was in temporary accommodation at Hassenbrook School in 1978. Gwynne was one of the founding members of staff who set up St Clere’s School. Before taking up this post, Gwynne had taught Geography at Harrowfield Boys’ School; Gaynes School Upminster and Eastbrook School Dagenham. Gwynne also worked as Head of Gaynes Centre Evening Adult Education alongside his daytime job. Following his retirement in 1997, Gwynne continued to play a significant role at the school, as a school governor and a trustee of St Clere's Co-operative Academy Trust. Gwynne devoted his life to the education and well-being of young people. He is responsible for the well established House system at St Clere’s. The rewards system still in place today around House competition in sport and general knowledge were all organised by him. Students still take pride in their House membership and value the history of this system. We still follow his vision for healthy competition, charity and rewards today. ‘Gwynne’s presence has always been, and continues to be, a part of St Clere’s School. His reputation goes before him because he left such firm ‘footprints’ which still form the fabric of the provision we provide for our students today’ Mrs Hughes, Head Teacher of St. Clere’s ‘Gwynne Mack was the founding Deputy Headteacher at the school who developed the school’s pastoral systems that remain so strong today. I was personally supported by Gwynne as part of my induction into the school. His support assured my success as the second Headteacher and I offer my sincere condolences to his wife and family’ Mr Griffiths, (previous Head Teacher at St. Clere’s) CEO of the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust. We extend our sympathy to his wife and family. St Clere’s School and the Osborne Trust will be represented at his funeral, next week. Any donations, as requested by his family, will go to the Alzheimer's Society.

Coronavirus Advise Department for Education

Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad. The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at: Latest information and advice can also be found at: Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate. Advice for parents/guardians You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus. There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal. We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above. What action you can take A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. You can do this by: Displaying this poster in relevant public spaces: Sharing DHSC content from the following social media links: