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Remembrance and Thanksgiving Service for Ms Becky Daw

Ms Becky Daw
20 March 1972 - 05 September 2016

As you will know we tragically lost a valued member of staff in September.  Becky Daw was originally Head of Science here at High Weald Academy and made an enormous contribution to the rapid improvement and outstanding results in that department.  She built the team around her and students here receive the highest quality teaching as a result of the team endeavours.  In more recent years she has been a part of the Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Principal and her dedication and hard work, her tenacity and determination added real value to the leadership of this school.  Above all else everything she did she did for the students, moral purpose and complete commitment ran through her veins.  She was one of those people that was most definitely born to teach and the students loved her.  She is much missed.

Becky's family would like to thank all those who attended her funeral service at St Peter's Church, Boughton Monchelsea on Wednesday 21 September 2016.  Thank you also to everyone who has made a donation in her memory to the Heart of Kent Hospice or Cancer Research UK.

The school celebrated Ms Daw's life at a special service of remembrance at St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook on 11 November.  The sun shone as we walked down from school to the church on the friday afternoon.  Many students, parents, current and ex staff as well as Becky's family and friends joined in the special service at the church. We heard memories from the CEO Debbie Coslett who appointed Becky to the school [then Angley], her first Headteacher at Angley, Robert Jackson, he spoke about how hard working she was, and Carrie Beech spoke about knowing her as a science specialist and then a member of staff here.  Mollie Edwards, a year 10 student, wrote and performed her own song 'Sorry You're Gone' and other members of the student body spoke as well as her special friends from the science department.  Mr Anderson sang a truly haunting rendition of 'Stairway to Heaven' and both the Head Boy Daniel Firmager and Headgirl Alice Farley, spoke about their particular memories of Ms Daw over their time at the school.  

It was very well attended and  a fitting tribute to all that Becky did at High Weald and how her life touched so many people and continues to do so. Thanks also to Rev'd Ann Pollington, the Vicar at St Dunstan's, for allowing us to use the church and for taking part in the service.

A retiring collection was held for Cancer Research and Heart of Kent Hospice.  Thes are the  two charities in school this year and all of our fund raising events will go towards raising money for these two charities in honour of Becky.  We will keep you posted with how that is progressing during the year and thank you in advance for your support with our fund raising efforts.  If you would like to make a contribution do please contact the school or send your donation to the chosen charity yourself, mentioning her name.