Tree is memo­rial to spe­cial teacher

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AS­CHOOL has paid trib­ute to ‘ a very spe­cial teacher’ who trag­i­cally died in a road col­li­sion while cy­cling.

Stu­dents at Tyther­ing­ton School have re­named their school gar­den ‘The Whar­ton Wilder­ness’ and planted a tree in memory of Guy Whar­ton, who taught at the school for 14 years and had a huge in­flu­ence on all his stu­dents past and present.

His wife Fran and sons Owen and Theo at­tended a spe­cial cer­e­mony along with Guy’s fel­low staff mem­bers, his sixth form stu­dents and form group. Mem­bers of his year 11 form group planted an ap­ple tree.

Manny Botwe, head­teacher, said: “Last week the school lost one of its great­est teach­ers.

“I have heard so many sto­ries over the past fort­night about his com­pas­sion, good hu­mour and pas­sion for bik­ing and bi­ol­ogy.

“We have lost a very spe­cial mem­ber of the school com­mu­nity.”

He added: “We had Fran and her fam­ily come along and his year 11 class planted the tree in his memory with a plaque.

“Ev­ery­one was there – staff, sixth form stu­dents, and his year 11 form group shared some mem­o­ries of Guy. It was very emo­tional.”

The school has also in­tro­duced an an­nual award for the stu­dent who most dis­plays Guy’s ‘great virtues of en­deav­our, com­pas­sion and hu­man­ity’. Manny added: “At the end of the year we have an awards cer­e­mony for the stu­dents who have re­ally ex­celled and this year we’re go­ing to give a spe­cial award for some­body who re­ally ex­em­pli­fies the virtues of Guy.”

Stu­dents have also or­gan­ised a char­ity bike ride through Bolling­ton which will take place on Sun­day, July 31, at 2pm.

Stu­dent Jake Roberts de­scribed Guy as ‘the most bril­liant in­flu­en­tial teacher and man many of us have known’.

He said: “Mr Whar­ton im­pacted so many of us in a pos­i­tive way and we want to re­mem­ber him in a pos­i­tive way.

“Cy­cling meant a huge amount to Sir and we know see­ing ev­ery­one out on their bike would’ve meant so much to him.”

The money raised at the bike ride will be split be­tween the Qhubeka char­ity, which pro­vides bikes to third world coun­tries, and a fund to sup­port the fam­ily.

To do­nate go to crowd­fund­ing. justgiv­ing.com/guy­whar­ton.

Matt Ratcliffe

●» Stu­dents plant an ap­ple tree in the school gar­den in memory of teacher Guy Whar­ton

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