Mulbarton Junior School pupils enjoy circus fun as a farewell gift from their headteacher

Pupils at a school near Norwich have been enjoying some circus skills fun as a farewell gift from their retiring headteacher.

Beulah Chatten is leaving Mulbarton Junior after spending 19 years and one term as headteacher there, and as a parting present to the children she said she wanted to give them some fun experiences to remember.

'I wanted to give the children experiences as a leaving gift. I have always believed that experiences are what travel with you in life,' said Mrs Chatten, 62, who also organised for the students to be entertained by a puppet show by Garlic Theatre last Friday.

'The children were enthralled by the puppet show which was wonderful, and yesterday they had the chance to learn to juggle, spin plates and do the diablo.

'They had a great time. There was lots of concentration but lots of giggling too!'

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She described the school, which has about 175 pupils, as a very happy, friendly school which has great support from parents and the wider community.

'I have just found the school a wonderful place to work which is why I have stayed so long,' Mrs Chatten said.

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'I would like to extend my thanks to all the staff past and present who have worked alongside me and have been really supportive in ensuring the school has been so successful, and also the children who have come and gone during my time here. I would like to wish everyone well for the future.

'I have got masses and masses of happy, funny and amazing memories of my time at the school which will keep me smiling for many years to come.'

She said among her favourite school memories were sports days and charity fun runs around The Common, particularly this year when the school raised more than �2,500 for Children in Need.

Mrs Chatten began her teaching career at a primary school in Manchester in 1971.

She came to Norwich in 1974 and taught at Mile Cross Middle and Lakenham Middle, before taking on the role of deputy headteacher at Catton Grove Middle School for three years and one term.

She became headteacher at Mulbarton in January 1992 and, in 2007, the school changed from Mulbarton Middle School to Mulbarton Junior School.

Mrs Chatten, who lives in East Carleton, is married to David, 64, and has two children, Zelda and Kara, and three grandchildren.

She said that in her retirement she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and also travelling and exploring new places.

Yesterday's circus workshops at the school were taught by circus skills instructor Josiah Richardson.

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