Tree planted to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Dr Walker's retirement
On Saturday afternoon, Mrs Kerrie Walker, wife of Head Master, Dr Ian Walker, planted a tree (a Liquidambar) on the Paddock to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Ian Walker’s 26 years at the helm.
Pictured with Dr and Mrs Walker are Heads of School,
Oliver Hiller and Kathryn Galliers.
Pupils, parents and staff were invited to the tree planting and celebratory barbecue held on the Paddock to mark Ian Walker's retirement after 26 years as Head Master of King's Rochester. Heads of School, Oliver Hiller and Kathryn Galliers thanked Dr and Mrs Walker for their commitment to the School. Dr Walker said that he will miss the children:
“King’s Pupils are invariably lovely, good company, thoroughly decent people – and this has been the real joy of the job for me and I am very happy about the way King’s children make friendships for a life-time – it is glorious to see”. Dr Walker went on to say: “I will miss the teaching most of all but I will also miss the enjoyment of the company of my colleagues. The School is in good shape and I can’t imagine handing it over to a better man”. [Mr Jeremy Walker will take up the post of Principal at King’s Rochester in September 2012].
The barbecue was followed that evening by a music and drama revue called “A Walker Down Memory Lane” a warm and memorable tribute to Dr and Mrs Walker – featuring excerpts from productions performed at the School over the past 26 years. The show was directed by Karen Hebden, OR (Old Roffensian - the School’s old pupils’ society) and produced by current King’s sixth formers Harry Bradley, Lana Williams, Sam Hall and Tabitha Reynolds. Proceeds from the evening are being donated to local charity for the homeless, Medway Cyrenians.