Last bell rings for principal
Dalbeattie High School staff, pupils and parents will bid farewell to their head teacher tomorrow.
Derek Brockett is retiring and will shortly set off on a roundthe-world trip.
Clydebank man Mr Brockett arrived at the school in 2014 – and has experienced both triumph and tragedy.
His predecessor, Susan Bain, died in December, 2015, after a long battle with cancer, aged 53.
Mr Brockett then helped pilot a successful move to the new learning campus in 2017.
But in June the same year he lost his wife Audrey to cancer, aged 55.
Audrey was principal teacher of music at Dalbeattie and had been at the school for 20 years.
Mr Brockett, 56, said: “I followed my wife to Dalbeattie to work with Sue Bain as head teacher – and the rest is history.
“I always knew Dalbeattie was a fantastic school and community to come to and I was delighted when we moved into the new learning campus.
“It is a fantastic community facility which will be an asset for years to come.”
Mr Brockett has been in Dum- fries and Galloway for 32 years and started as a drama teacher at Lockerbie Academy. He was principal teacher of art, music and drama there before his move to Dalbeattie.
Mr Brockett plans to go travelling in his retirement – starting with with six weeks in both New Zea- land and Canada.
He said: “It will be a year for me to take stock after where I have been. I’m young enough to do other things but I don’t know what they are yet.
“Everybody has their time and you know when you’re ready to embrace the next part of your life.
“It has been an absolute privilege and honour to work at Dalbeattie. There is a true community spirit which has helped me in my role.
“It has been a wonderful career. I have enjoyed it.”
Council deputy leader Rob Davidson paid tribute to the outgoing head.
He said: “Derek became acting head in the saddest circumstances. His care and leadership helped the school community through a difficult time.
“He also oversaw the transition from the old high school. I’m grateful to him for everything he has done for the school and the wider community and wish him a long and happy retirement.”
New chapter Derek Brockett is retiring from teaching