Chris Says Farewell
of Hethersett’s best known and best loved teachers has retired.
Watt (pictured above with Head Teacher Andy Whittle) has taught in the village
since 1975 apart from a one year secondment to the Robert Kett School in
that time he estimates that he has directly taught over 1,000 pupils.
have taught sons and daughters of previous pupils and when that happens you
feel you know them already,” Chris said.
was born in Earlham and educated at the Hewett School in Norwich. Initially he
joined a supermarket group as a trainee manager but soon realised he had a
calling to become a teacher.
gaining a certificate in education from the University of London he joined the
staff of Honington School in Suffolk.
to return to his home county, he applied and was appointed to a teaching post
at Hethersett where he has seen the school go from a primary to middle and
finally to a junior school. Chris moved into Hethersett where he soon renewed
links with the village where he was confirmed as a teenager at St Remigius
his marathon career in the profession, Chris has taught all ages from five to
12 and also worked alongside wife Marion who is also a teacher at Hethersett
into teaching was very much a vocation. It has certainly proved a challenge
and has never been dull. I have had some memorable days and it has certainly
kept me young. There is always humour in a school and it is very satisfying to
see young people reaching their full potential,” Chris added.
are some aspects of school life that he has found less satisfying:
expectation on teachers has changed over the years and today the curriculum is
more prescribed with little room for creative subjects. Everything is now set
down and there seems to be an obsession with assessment and the paperwork that
goes with it,” he said.
has also been involved with numerous out of school activities and been a key
member of the parent-teacher association for many years. He has also written
drama scripts, coached football teams and led discos at the school –
something recognised by Head Teacher Andy Whittle at the final assembly of the
has made a huge contribution to the school for over 30 years and especially in
areas that parents aren’t necessarily aware of such as helping to organise
school performances, writing scripts, organising Stars in Their Eyes
competitions and running school discos.”
school Chris is also well known as a DJ, running the Trax Disco for 33 years
until he was forced into retirement a few months ago with the theft of most of
his equipment from outside his Hethersett home.
will certainly be keeping himself busy, however, with a number of new
challenges. Already a qualified Toastmaster, he is looking to spend time
kayaking and even skydiving along with “a few odd jobs” in the village and
is certainly not the end of anything. I am excited about the challenges ahead
and having the chance and time to try new things,” he added.
won’t be entirely lost to education as he is chair of the Caroline Lindley
Trust which gives grants to help local youngsters in further education.
A special farewell party was held at Park Farm Hotel for colleagues and friends when Chris was presented with his long service medal from Norfolk County Council for teaching for over 30 years. Presentations were also made to him at the final school assembly by pupils past and present, the PTA and the school.
Junior School also said goodbye to teacher Liz Davies (pictured above), who is
moving to London. Head Andy Whittle paid tribute to her work on environmental
issues that had seen the setting up of an eco club and the issuing of eco
friendly bags following an award from the National College for School
assistant Vickie Youngs has also left the school and teacher Rowan Pim has
gone on maternity leave. Emily Riddett will be joining the teaching staff in
September from Cliff Park Middle School in Gorleston.