Fond farewell to Eric Summers

A special presentation was made to Mr Eric Summers, Webster’s High Schools rector, as the annual prize-giving ceremony in the Kirriemuir and Glens old Parish Church on Thursday evening.

Mr Summers retired on Friday after 17 years at the school and, in a farewell to pupils and colleagues, said: “My own professional journey has taught me much, has had its highs and lows, its thrills and its challenges, but throughout I have worked with some remarkable people, especially here in Webster’s.

“The support and trust from parents has been extraordinary and the work of the School Board, now Parent Council, under the chairmanship of Jim Ritchie, Alastair Cluley, Alan Weir and latterly Jane Stork has been exemplary. From the Police I worked closely with Phil Aiken and Pam Colvin who both hugely exceeded what was reasonable to expect of them in their dealings with young people. The Rotary Club and the Alexander Trust have been very generous to the school. The external agencies of Angus Council have been unstinting in the way they have provided additional input to the school. The Chaplaincy team, led throughout my time by Malcolm Rooney, has shared with the school a belief in the potential of our young people and has regularly provided superb enhancement to the learning process.”

Mr Summers’ teaching career began at Forfar Academy. He then took up the post of acting rector at Montrose Academy for a year before moving to Webster’s in 1997.

He added: “It’s probably enough and it is time for someone else, with fresh thinking and new energy and enthusiasm, to take the school on to the next stage. That person will be Jane Esson, a very highly-regarded depute at Forfar Academy. I wish her well for all her years in charge at Webster’s.”

A full list of prize winners will appear next week.