Portsmouth High School was delighted to welcome back three former members of staff this week. Mrs Farnhill, Mrs Brooks and Miss Humphreys returned to school to see their outdoor table tennis tables in action which they had kindly given to the school as a retirement gift.
Mrs Prescott, Headmistress, said:
‘We are so grateful for this generous gift given by three much respected former teachers. The school community can enjoy outside table tennis and we remember so many happy memories of Mrs Farnhill, Mrs Brooks and Miss Humphreys spanning many years here.’
‘It was lovely to give something the girls can use outside and in most weathers,’ said Mrs Lauren Farnhill. ‘They can play with their friends and with other year groups which creates the family atmosphere that Portsmouth High School is all about.’
Mrs Farnhill retired in the summer after seventeen years of teaching English and drama. She has had an over forty years association with the school as both her daughters came here. Katie Wood (nee Farnhill) her eldest daughter is now a teacher of English at the school.
‘I’m so enjoying retirement and having time to do other activities,’ she added. ‘I’ve started sea swimming on a Saturday morning just before sunrise. It is certainly invigorating but wonderful.’
Mrs Amelia Brooks, who started teaching art at PHS in 1984 retired in the summer after 35 years and was the second longest serving member of staff. ‘I’ve started learning Italian,’ she said. ‘We spent six weeks in Italy in the summer and it was wonderful to have the time to just wander and stop and camp whenever we felt like it.’
Miss Susie Humphreys, who also retired in the summer, has taken up creative writing. She started her career as a teacher of modern foreign languages in 1989. ‘I am loving retirement,’ she added ‘but still see lots of the staff and girls who I taught and have now left PHS.’
Daisy, Year 8, added: ‘It is a lovely present to the school as it brings so many friends together for fun and exercise.’