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- Real Name: Tamara Tinawi
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Ah he taught me Latin for many years, and he was a fab teacher, always had an inuendo, will never forget his soft voice, or how his eyebrows used to cross when he was angry! Haha.... god bless x
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- Real Name: Hannah Lazell
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never knew him but his death came as a shock..
-Poet, Heinrich Heine
It was a strangely eventful chapel service. I remember someone in the choir doing something weird, either falling over, or singing the wrong words really loudly.
Then came the end of the service, and everyone triggered fairly quickly that something was wrong, because the choir didn't move, and Mr. Mitra went up to the lecturn, and then the thought occured to me that someone must have died. Lots of people thought it was a different teacher at first, because this particular member of staff plays a prominent role in chapel services, and was not there during this service. But it was kind of unreal for the first 5 seconds or so, because no-one really wanted to believe it, and I guess a considerable amount of pupils hadn't experienced a death before...
But it was really nice that so many old blues and old teachers came to his funeral service, even though 'Jed' said Mr. Kemp would've hated it. I suppose at least he doesn't leave behind a wife and children. I can actually remember saying good morning to him in breakfast on the Saturday morning of his death, and he said good morning back to me. And his last words to a large group of pupils were 'er, no,' because he was reffing a softball match, and that was his decision of the last ball of the game.
What disappointed me was that the school reminded everyone in early November that it was 6 months after his death, when we'd gotten over it by then, and to be honest, even if it may be disrespectful, many people would have preferred not to be reminded of this, because it put the school in that eerie sombre mood in which it was immediately after his death.
Sorry for the waffle
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I also remember Tim Wilson and the table-tennis bat incident.
He taught me latin also and is responsible for getting me through a number of O' levels after the school had apparently given up on me (or so I found out after I left - with 9 O's and 3 A's). I still remember too much these days.
Funniest was immediately after the merger of the two schools, watching his consternation at a room full of 12 (16?) girls and 4 boys - it seemed like he would have ignored the girls if he could.....