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Q-NEWS.

The newsletter of QEGS Blackburn

NEWS. No. 48 Lent Term 2015 We know it is important that current pupils are aware of the many successes of their predecessors, which is why we display pictures of them in our gallery in the Ante Room to Big School, and indeed why we have a whole section of the library dedicated solely to books written by Old Blackburnians and former members of staff. It is with considerable pride that I show these things to visitors and I trust they are an inspiration for our pupils, even if such inspiration is not necessarily something of which they are conscious until years after they have left! In drawing attention to Old Blackburnians, I do not in any sense underestimate the many achievements of our current pupils, of course. As you will see in the pages that follow, these remain distinguished over a wide range of endeavour, including sport, charitable giving (locally, nationally and internationally) and the arts in which domain we were privileged last term to enjoy Regina Arkwright’s final musical here: Joseph. A neat cyclical coincidence means that this was the same musical as her first and she could not have finished with a better production. Mrs Arkwright has given immense service to the school over the last forty years and we wish her all the best for her imminent retirement. This year, atypically, we have a significant number of staff retiring, all of whom have given tremendous dedication to the school over long careers. If you wish to see more details of staff changes, please consult my Beginning-of-Term Letter to parents on the website (under ‘Parents’) but I think it is only right to mention here, along with Mrs Arkwright, my Deputy, Mr Dave Hopkinson who in the course of the last forty-one years has been Head of Politics, Head of Sixth Form and Deputy Head as well as leading a number of football teams to honours and successes that made this school a nationally respected force in the game (for many years we were unique in having won the ISFA Cup on three occasions, and indeed have it in perpetuity as a consequence). His loyalty and commitment to the school are exemplary and many pupils, even those who have not been in his office for the best of reasons, will testify to his fairness and humanity. Mr Alan Sagar, Head of Chemistry has also made an indelible impression on the school in his thirty-four years here. Alan is someone for whom nothing is too much trouble; he is immensely supportive of his colleagues, helps out on the games front and is an admirably accomplished tutor at all levels. Mr Philip Wooldridge will be retiring from the Mathematics Department, where he has taught for twenty-six years, and he has also been Examinations Officer and time-tabler, in all of which roles, he has done an excellent job. We say goodbye to Mrs Louise Crabtree who, also for the last twenty-six years, has taught Economics and Business studies, and played a major part in achieving that department’s excellent results. It is always sad to be bidding farewell to retiring colleagues, especially when, as these all have, they have made such an outstanding contribution to the school. That said, they deserve a long and restful retirement, for which we wish them all the very best. As you will see from this edition of Q news, while the school changes, as it has done constantly over its 500 year history, the fundamental ethos of educating good citizens who have a breadth of experience, remains the cornerstone of what we offer and makes us distinctive and I know the new staff who will be joining us in September are well aware of and are respectful of the legacy that long-serving members of the Common Room have left them. Headmaster Joseph was Amazing…..see page 4 Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, W est Park Road, Blackburn, BB2 6DF TEL: 0 1254 68630 0 FAX: 0 1254 692314 EMA IL: headmaster@qegsblackburn.com W EB: www.QEGSblackburn.com

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