We were absolutely delighted to welcome our former Headmaster, Richard Tovey and his wife Jane back to the school yesterday for afternoon tea. We were all keen to congratulate him and celebrate his MBE which was awarded to him in recognition of his services to education.
Richard’s father, Gordon Tovey founded the school in 1947 and Richard grew up in the apartment above the school until taking over as Headmaster in 1975 when he was just 25. Richard and Jane achieved so much in their 38 years at the school and it was wonderful for pupils, Old Tockingtonians, Governors, teachers and staff to see them both again.
Richard has dedicated his life to education, as well as being the Headmaster at the school he was also a former chairman of the IAPS, an IAPS Triennial Representative and chairman of the IAPS Bursary Trust. He was also Governor of the English School in Kuwait and Packwood Haugh School.
Mr Symonds said, ‘”Mr Richard Tovey’s MBE is a huge honour and very much deserved. All at Tockington Manor are extremely proud of the hard work both Richard and Jane Tovey put into the school and into education as a whole during their long and very successful career.”
Mr Tovey summed up the afternoon by saying, “What a truly wonderful welcome. We were made to feel like royalty! It was wonderful to see everyone again, to feel the atmosphere and see the place looking as lovely as ever. It was a truly unforgettable afternoon.”
On Friday 13th, our amazing Friends of Tockington Manor (FOTM) organised our annual Bonfire night. Pupils, parents, families, staff, Old Tockingtonians’ and neighbours – so many had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The evening started with a disco for the Lower School. The impressive fire was lit at just after 6, complete with a rather sinister looking Guy! The Upper School then enjoyed their disco whilst parents (who weren’t dancing) indulged in the delicious chilli, hot dogs and mulled wine available.
This was not only a hugely enjoyable evening for all those who came and supported it, but it also helped to raise valuable money for the school. Enormous thanks to all our staff who helped on the night and we are so fortunate as a school to have such support from our FOTM.
We are very excited to have a stand to promote the school at Frampton Country Fair this coming Sunday 13th. If you are coming to the Fair do come and visit us, we will be in the Trade Area, Stand 15.
In it’s 30th year, held at the beautiful Frampton Court Estate, this is a wonderful family day out.
There are over 400 trade stands, three display rings and so many things to see and do. For more information about the day please follow the link below. We hope we may see you there!
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of a visit from Robin Fletcher, Boarding Schools’ Association National Director. He met with Mr Symonds and spent time with our fantastic Houseparents, Mr and Mrs Glanville and all our boarding children.
During his visit a group then went out to the Walled Garden to plant an apple tree, kindly donated to us by Almondsbury Garden Centre. The planting of this tree means that Tockington Manor School has joined ‘The Boarding Orchard’. This was an initiative launched by the BSA in 2014 and involves boarding schools planting fruit tress in their grounds. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowledge’ and demonstrate each member school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment.
It was a lovely, sunny morning, Mr Fletcher was said to have really enjoyed his visit to the school and we feel very privileged to be part of this association.