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FAREWELL lower school science, GCSE and A-level chemistry with huge commitment and care for the students. He is an excellent teacher and was highly thought of by all students. time at home (although Rachel, his wife, has several odd jobs at home planned for him!). He also plans to use his time to travel more at cheaper times of the year – an opportunity which we all envy. It is hard to imagine the school without him. His selflessness, his generosity and his genuine appreciation of others made him a constant source of pleasure to meet. His ready smile and modesty concealed a gold standard PhD-mind which he could apply to all problems, pastoral or bureaucratic, with balance and compassion. John is a superb classroom teacher, a fine Head of Department and a delightful and witty colleague and has turned many reluctant mathematicians into eager ones through the energy and knowledge which he has given. We shall all miss him. (HVT) David worked at Pocklington School for 30 years. Wishing him well in retirement doesn’t even begin to express the warmth of the wishes which continue to flood his way. If ever there has been one man who best exemplified the finest qualities of Pocklington School it is David Dyson. He will be sorely missed. What’s your favourite event of the year? Definitely the staff Secret Santa and cooked breakfast on the last day of every Michaelmas Term. JOHN CULLEN (02-18) As well as his accomplishments in the classroom, he has led several teams of children to success in maths challenges over the years, sometimes helped by his own talented daughters. We have all enjoyed witnessing his talents in various musical ensembles and of course his willingness to help out, even stepping in to play the organ in church. One of the remarkable things about John is that he seems to know the lyrics to every hymn and has never been known to glance at the sheet once the music begins. As a violinist, he is exceptional and played in the first performance of an Ernst quartet for over a century not long after joining: a piece which was both difficult and beautifully played. John has also been a keen sportsman. He had a stint with the cross-country teams as well as assisting on the rugby field, all delivered with characteristic good humour and flair. When he leaves the school, he will keep busy by volunteering at our local primary schools to assist with maths and is looking forward to some quiet She loves learning and has always kept up to date with recent news in Psychology. She also gained a variety of additional qualifications while here at Pocklington including an M.A. in Health Care Ethics, a Dyslexia qualification and a P.G. Cert in Provision for Children with Development Disorders. I interviewed Rosemary in the last week of the Summer Term to find out a bit more about her own memories of the school. (AWJH and JMcD) John joined Pocklington School in 2002 and has led the maths department in an exemplary fashion. He speaks so quickly when he gets excited about something that the rest of us are left trailing behind: a regular occurrence as he is so passionate about what he does. He leads by example and without question is a superb mathematician who is always able to assist with those difficult further maths topics that get the better of most! students at Holme Hall on a Thursday afternoon. She has been a committed and supportive EPQ supervisor to a number of our sixth form and also worked in the Learning Support Department for all subjects but specialising in maths and A level Chemistry. SUE PRATT (02-18) Sue Pratt joined the chemistry department at Pocklington School in Jan 2002. She has contributed extensively to the school community during her time at the school with many different roles. She started as Lower School Science Coordinator which led onto the Science Coordinator role. She was the founder of Science Club and has remained heavily involved. She took on Head of Chemistry in 2007. During this time she was Hutton Housemistress for 3 years. Her care and understanding of the students’ needs and the best way to help them was clearly evident and instinctive. Sue has played her saxophone for the swing band for 10 years and performed in numerous school concerts and been on swing band tours. She has also accompanied Dr McNamee and fifth and sixth form students on the NABOZA (Namibia, Botswana and Zambia) expedition. She also contributed significantly to the Tom Stoppard Theatre in its early days, both as Front of House and as Director, where she performed all duties with charm, good humour and ruthless efficiency. Her lessons were often models of professionalism and precision, combined with a fearless approach to new-fangled technology such as interactive whiteboards. A kind, highly knowledgeable and witty style characterised so much of her work. What was your worst moment? Probably the time when I finished the lesson at completely the wrong time. I told my sixth form class to pack up 20 minutes before the actual time for end of the lesson. They did look confused - but they didn’t argue! What’s your most memorable teaching moment? Having the tables turned on me when I was proving a point by writing an answer under timed conditions and the pupils were invigilating (and doing all the annoying things that invigilators do). What will you miss the most? The support and friendship of the staff and, of course, spending time with the delightful young people at our school. What will you miss the least? Driving in on a winter’s day when it’s snowing - I really don’t fancy getting snowed in at school! What’s your favourite lunch? There’s so much choice, it’s difficult to say. I’d probably have to go for the goat’s cheese and chutney from the salad bar.... or maybe baked potato and tuna. What are you looking forward to most about retiring? I’ll be looking after my little granddaughter two days a week, which I’m really looking forward to. And, of course, being able to take holidays at any time of year. (SMcN) Sue has invested a huge amount of time to the school community and we wish her well in her retirement. ROSEMARY ANDERTON (05-18) Rosemary Anderton worked at Pocklington School for 13 years, initially starting as part-time Psychology teacher. Over the years she has also been involved in our activities afternoons, teaching second year activities (brain gym) and supporting sixth form 35