Fitting tribute to teachers

Forfar Academy depute head teacher John Vannet.
Forfar Academy depute head teacher John Vannet.

A memorial service will take place on Wednesday (today) for two highly respected staff members at Forfar Academy.

The service will celebrate the lives of Mrs Judy Wilson, principal teacher of science, who died in December last year and Mr John Vannet, depute head teacher who died last month.

The service will begin at 2.30 p.m. in the East and Old Parish Church. It will be attended by school pupils and staff but is also open to members 
of the public.

The Rev. Barbara Ann Sweetin, Rev. Doctor Karen Fenwick and Major Jim McCluskey will officiate, with tributes being led by members of staff.

Poems will be read by senior pupils and some staff and a selection of hymns will be included in the service.

The school is grateful to the Session Clerk and members of East and Old Parish Church for the use of the church for the service and to the local chaplains for their 

The school is also grateful to everyone who has been in touch with messages of condolence for Mrs Wilson and Mr Vannet during 
the last few months.

Mr Melvyn Lynch, Forfar Academy head teacher, said: “The loss of two such valued members of staff, Mrs Wilson last December and Mr Vannet in May, has been a great sadness to the school community. Judy and John contributed so much to Forfar Academy over the last 20 years and they are both greatly missed. We hope the Memorial Service will provide a fitting tribute to both colleagues and an opportunity for staff, pupils and the wider community to remember two teachers who were greatly admired and respected, not only as inspiring teachers, but as warm and friendly human beings.

“It is fitting that both Mrs Wilson and Mr Vannet will feature at Friday’s Prize Giving Ceremony through newly established awards that have been created in their memory.

“Mrs Wilson’s Award has been donated by former pupils and Mr Vannet’s Award by the Parent Council, in joint recognition of the contribution made by both colleagues during their careers at Forfar Academy.”