A Dedication Late But Rewarded
A significant honor has been bestowed upon an inspirational former Ruthin School teacher.
Deserving former educator and school leader has received a lifetime achievement award.
The renowned lifetime achievement award from the Welsh Independent Schools Council has been accepted by Michael Hewer, 93.
Mr. Hewer received the honor because he has spent more than 60 years at Ruthin School enhancing the lives of children.
He began working at the school in 1960 as a French and English teacher and held a variety of positions, including housemaster and interim head teacher for a brief time.
Since his retirement in 1992, he has continued to work on many initiatives for the school and its pupils, such as erecting a water feature with a cascade and creating a wild flower garden for the entire school community to enjoy.
Additionally, Mr. Hewer continues to have a vital role in the lives of children by mentoring them in gardening, teaching them French, and routinely participating in school outings where students can take advantage of his extraordinary local expertise.
Because of his love for the environment, he spends his free time building paths and hedges for the National Trust.
He still maintains a high level of activity, and in October of last year, he completed the Race for Life on the school’s grounds, which contributed to the funding of cancer research.
“He’s spent a big portion of his teaching career and his retirement to Ruthin School and the constant quest to enhance the environment for the lives of the children there,” said Paddy Prendergast, director of the Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC).
Sue Frencham, the deputy head of curriculum, proposed Mr. Hewer for the honor.
I don’t believe anyone is more deserving of this lifetime achievement award, she remarked.
“Michael is the beating heart of Ruthin School and he is here every day creating wonderful flower displays from our grounds, raising awareness of world issues and supporting our children.
“He is a much loved and valued member of our school community. This month, he will have completed his 62nd year at the school which is a phenomenal achievement.”
Ruthin School head Victoria Gamble added: “Teachers like Michael don’t come along very often.
“He has been a huge asset to the school over many decades and he is still here every day from dawn until dusk, working with our staff and students.
“This award is a fitting tribute to his dedication to the school and all his wonderful work over the many years he has been with us.
“He recently recorded his memories of Ruthin School and how it has changed over the decades and the school will treasure those recordings.
“He is held in the highest regard by our staff and students. Well done Michael.”