Tree is memorial to special teacher
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.
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