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David clocks up half a century!

This year we are celebrating the career of David Hill as he marks 50 years of service to Walhampton school.

David Hill - still smiling 50 years on!
David Hill - still smiling 50 years on!

In 1967 a young man joined Walhampton as a student teacher, 50 years later he is still with us! We are throughly delighted to be celebrating five decades of service to Walhampton school by our living legend, David Hill. 

We are commemorating his tremendous commitment and unique achievement through a series of activities this year. The first of which was a whole school assembly, originally planned to be outside and include the planting of a tree in his honour, but in the interest of the tree roots (which would have suffered in the freezing temperature) we diverted to the sports hall. Please take a look at the video of headmaster Titus Mills talking about David's career and commitment to the school, as well as David himself sharing some of his memories.

Below is a brief chronology of David's time at Walhampton, which spans many pupils' time here. Please feel free to leave comments to David underneath this article.

1967 Student teacher, half timetable, full duties, games and grounds.

1968 Became qualified FA coach.

1969 Began part-time study for BSc degree.

1972 - 76 Worked part-time to focus on BSc and BEd degrees.

1976 - 2013 Having graduated, became a full time maths teacher to Years 5,6,7,8.

1976 U 11 football.

1979 - 1996 1st XI football.

1997- 2010 2nd XI football.

1976  U 10 cricket

1980 - 86  2nd XI cricket.

1987 - 96  Ist XI cricket.

1996 - 2006  U 9 cricket.

1971 - 76  and 1995 Assisted with Mull expeditions.

1978 - 90  Expedition leader.

1983  Became staff representative to Headmaster and board of governors.

1983  Became staff duties' coordinator.

1984 - 1997  Member of staff and governors development body.

1985  Became master in charge of grounds.

1985  Began supervising the opening of the School grounds for the National Garden Scheme.

1985  Started a School environmental impact reduction initiative.

1985 Started part-time research for MPhil degree.

1987 Hurricane. Measured, catalogued, made safe and cleared approximately 400 trees over following years, all in house.

1990 Hurricane. Measured, catalogued, made safe and cleared approximately another 400 trees over following years, all in house.

1990 - 1992  Led working party on School discipline.

1992  Devised system of mathematics assessment for the School, and began writing mathematics assessments for Years 5, 6, 7, and 8 in the School.

1993 Awarded MPhil degree.

1998 - 1999 Initiated and assisted with compilation of Walhampton Historic Landscape Management Report instigated partly as a result of the hurricanes of 1987 1990.

1999 Initiated and coordinated rationalization and cataloguing of sections of the School archives related to the heritage of the School's buildings and grounds.

2000 Initiated and assisted with the compilation of reports on the history of the School's buildings and the families who have owned these.

2001  Started giving garden tours and lectures on the School's grounds for the National Garden Scheme and other charities, and societies including the Lymington Society, the Lymington St Barbe Museum and the Boldre Historical Society.

2001 Began a 5 hectare woodland improvement scheme with Forestry Commission grants, phased over 5 years.

2004-7 Initiated and assisted with the compilation of a Conservation Study of the School's historic buildings, carried out by Nick Carey-Thomas of Radley House Architects.

2005 Started coordinating technical energy saving interventions, including the installation of 100 TRVs, in conjunction with the Carbon Trust.

2006 Started the Eco-Competition, and became the School's Eco-Schools' coordinator.

1990-2013 Organised Burrard Society Lectures, delivering two personally, one a history of Walhampton House and grounds, and one a history of mathematics.

2012 Initiated and assisted with the compilation of a ten year forestry management plan, now approved by the Forestry Commission, for the School's designated forestry woodland.

2014  Compiled a management plan, approved by the New Forest National Park, for all the trees on the School's estate.

2016 Qualified as a Quantified Tree Risk Assessor.

2017 Brought about the inclusion of the School's woodland in the New Forest National Park's Working Woodlands Scheme.

2017 Gained advanced qualification as a Quantified Tree Risk Assessor.


Please feel free to leave comments for David Hill underneath this article, thank you.

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