Ray Williams was Headteacher of Parwich Primary School from 1985 to 2007. During these 22 years, Ray’s inspirational teaching and wise leadership of the school profoundly touched the lives of so many people. It was very fitting that a celebration service was held yesterday at the school. Former pupils, teaching staff, governors and others who knew Ray gathered to celebrate the life and achievements of a very special man.
School photographs had been set out, showing the many pupils from Ray’s time at the school. People spent time spotting people they knew and reflecting on the large number of former pupils who had benefited from Ray’s teaching.
Current headteacher Caroline Rodgers welcomed everyone and provided some opening words. She then invited everyone to gather in The Celebration Garden where an oak tree was to be dedicated to Ray. Dennis Lacock talked about the significance of the tree and likened the planting of acorns to sowing knowledge and wisdom in the minds of children.
Ray’s wife and brother laid earth round the base of the tree and the oak was dedicated to Ray.
Back in the school, Margaret, Haley and Jenny made a warm tribute to Ray, talking about their experiences working with him in school.
A tribute was also made by former pupil Chloe.
Ray’s wife Margaret thanked everyone for coming and said it meant a great deal to her and the family. She mentioned that in April, Ray’s son Gareth will be cycling 1,600km from Adelaide to Canberra over 10 days in Ray’s memory. The funds raised will go directly into research and support projects aimed at finding a cure for cancer. You can find out more about this great cause and read Gareth’s blog during his ride by clicking here.
In her opening words, Caroline highlighted just how giving Ray was as a person. On this sunny afternoon, we had an opportunity to reflect on this and to give thanks for having met such a wonderful person.