Fond Farewell – Departing Teachers
As we finish this term, we are saddened to learn that the following teachers will not be with us when we return in the new year. We thank them for their service to the School and wish them all the best in the future.
Mr Chlubek (English)
Miss Holloway (Music)
Mrs Russell (English)
Mrs Walters (Maths)
Mrs Walters arrived at Bournemouth School in 2013 with one year for maternity leave. Since she joined, Miss believes that haircuts have got bigger whilst Year Sevens have become progressively smaller. Miss describes her favourite moments in the classroom as “every time a student makes a maths mistake, recovers, develops resilience and then perseveres and succeeds”. In September 2015, Mrs Walters competed in multi-activity day with Darwin house and was amazed by the enthusiasm demonstrated by her team – even though they did tend to forget not to shoot her. Mrs Walters is thankful to have been part of “a fabulous maths team and a supportive and extremely hard-working wider staff body”. In the future Miss will be teaching Maths at Twynham School but her plans also include: continuing to sail in Poole Harbour (maintaining her winning streak against Scott Parker in year 11); completing the South-West coastal path and even learning to kite surf, for which she hopes Miss Peach may be of assistance. She wishes “everybody at Bournemouth School all the best in the new year and beyond”.
Mr Chlubek wrote the following about his time at Bournemouth School:
“Although I’ve been teaching at BS for over 12 years, my association with the School goes back to 1989. I’ve known three headmasters & even took part in a French exchange to Cholet in 1992 when we still had a school car- an old Peugeot estate!
I was a classroom teacher for the first three years and part of Newton House for two years, later part of Scott House. I was then SENCo for four years, when I became particularly involved in tackling bullying and also many complex psychological issues. We even had a chill-out room in the 6th form block for any students who wanted or needed a quiet supervised setting other than the library. As a classroom teacher I was most proud of my very first Year 11, who had virtually no course work from year 10 & essentially had to be taught the whole GCSE course in just over two terms! Since they were so desperate, I think they gave me a particularly easy time.”
“I suppose on a day to day basis it’s the basic courtesy that is shown by all students here, like keeping the door open for you, which I’ll never take for granted. It’s also the traditional events such as the Carol Service, Remembrance Day & Sports Day, which always feel like the School is a community and really does things together. The best moments though are personal & involve the many students, who have been taught by me for several years in a row and where I have seen the academic and emotional development, which makes the rounded young men most of you become.”
Staff he will miss:
“Everyone in my department of course, the MFL Department, which for obvious reasons is my second home & Mr Pritchard my current Head of House, who is probably the most decent gentleman you’ll ever meet! Otherwise I shall remain in touch with many & even meet past colleagues in “Chips” club, which is a monthly meeting for past BS teachers.
It has felt like a privilege to work at BS. I wish everyone every success for the future.”