There comes a time in life when you move on, whether it’s a promotion or you just want a change in life. Sadly we said goodbye to the much loved Mr Hamilton this term. He was one of the lucky who aimed for his best and achieved his goal. In an interview he said:
“My overriding feeling is that I’m excited, I’ve been aiming for this for a long time but I’m also sad… I like Queen Anne, I like the kids and I like my colleagues. I’m sad to leave it behind!”
Mr Hamilton got an amazing opportunity to become the Rector at Firrhill High School, Edinburgh. He believes that in order to fulfil his duty, his post, himself and his new colleagues will need to change. He will learn new skills such as delegating tasks to others. He also believes that he won’t change dramatically, but he will develop a core set of principles to give new opportunities to the young people.
During his time at Queen Anne Mr Hamilton achieved a great deal, offering a lot of his time and energy for the things he loves with little in return. He said:
“My time at Queen Anne has been interesting. It’s been a big learning curve, having previously lived in London as a teacher the Scottish school system was a dramatic change; I learned not only a lot about the school system but also myself these past 6 years.”
Though thoroughly enjoying himself with opportunities and challenges he believes he has made a difference. He has satisfaction that the school is moving forward knowing that he helped improve it so that it could accomplish more.
When he was asked “What would you say to the people of QAHS?” he replied:
“To pupils: It’s you that gets the results, take responsibility and don’t point the finger. You produce the goods. If you were pushed harder could you achieve more? If yes then go for it! To staff: I see the school as a ‘sleeping giant’ – there’s a lot more that could happen in the school. Take more risks and challenge yourself… Experiment! I also want to say thank you. Everybody is part of a team. We can’t achieve without a good team, so thank you.”
His final words before the interview ended “It’s been a hoot. It’s a strong team.”