|18 Dec 2020|
As we reach the end of term it is a time to say goodbye to two colleagues.
Mr Lofas has made a wonderful contribution to LSS, both as a science technician based in the Chemistry department and also as someone who has always been willing to contribute to the broader life of the school. Whether it has been assisting with first aid, undertaking lunch time duties, helping with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions or a whole host of other roles, Mr Lofas has always been wonderfully willing to give up his time. I would like to thank him on behalf of us all and to pass on our best wishes as he moves on to a new promotion.
Mr Shaw will be retiring at the end of this term having completed a deeply impressive 100 terms at Lawrence Sheriff. I hardly know where to begin in trying to capture all that he has brought to LSS. As the parent of two sport-mad sons who attended the school, I saw at first hand Mr Shaw’s willingness to go the extra mile to provide a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for students of all ages. I think if we tried to quantify the time he has willingly given up to organise fixtures, referee matches, arrange and accompany trips both in the UK and around the world and to support other school events such as music tours, it would probably double the 100 terms he has officially spent at LSS.
The truth is that every school needs people like Martin Shaw, who believe that education is about the whole person and are willing to give up their time and energy to give their students the broadest possible range of experiences.
My two sons are now in their twenties and through them I am in contact with a large number of former LSS students. Just like those currently attending Lawrence Sheriff, every one of them speaks incredibly highly of Mr Shaw. The mention of his name normally produces comments about his sense of humour and his ability to ‘wind people up’ (just yesterday I was on patrol with him and watched him convince everyone he spoke to that he was about to bake a giant cake for the whole school - though with typical generosity he had actually ordered one for the whole staff). However, those who speak about Mr Shaw always end up focusing upon two things: his kindness and his willingness to go out of his way to help other people.
As well as being a teacher of PE and former subject leader, Mr Shaw has also taken on a series of other roles at Lawrence Sheriff. His work as mathematics teacher has been hugely valued and the success of our Post 16 course in Maths Studies can be directly attributed to him and his skills in the classroom. He has also made an important pastoral contribution, serving as Head of Year 7 and in more recent times as Assistant Head of Sixth Form. His friendly and tenacious approach has made a perfect fit for any pastoral role that he has taken on.
We are all going to miss Mr Shaw tremendously (though I am delighted to report that he will continue to come into school both as a volunteer and on occasions to cover classes). For me Mondays will not be quite the same without the chance to compare notes with him on Liverpool’s performance over the weekend, before mapping out the sporting week ahead.
On behalf of staff, pupils, former pupils, parents and governors, I would like to pass on huge thanks to Mr Shaw for every one of his 100 terms at Lawrence Sheriff and to wish him a well-earned and very happy retirement.
So we reach the end of a term and a year unlike any other I can remember (Mr Chislett recently shared on Instagram my assembly about how 2020 fitted in with other tumultuous years in the history of LSS). I do hope that you and your family are able to have a restful and enjoyable break in the two weeks ahead.