It is with great sadness that I have to announce that the legendary Peter Reynolds has died. Peter was actually christened John but was known to generations of Fanshawe and Chauncy students as Bertie.
There are so many stories already from those who taught alongside him. I will never forget his Chauncy Rocks version of Born to be Wild and older staff recall him playing the part of God in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. His slapstick routines with Jacqui Brian achieved cult status and he sang carols with vigour in The Albion.
Peter’s visits to our Nature Reserve supposedly counting butterfly species were accompanied by a cloud of smoke as were his bicycle jaunts alongside Fanshawe students on cross country runs. Peter loved his sports, particularly Welsh Rugby and his own golf game, often practised on the school field. He was a great one for shouting encouragement especially to the sweating souls at his Exercise Club for adults, routinely tortured from the sidelines.
Peter would take great care to make sure students followed mathematics solutions, step by step. In a similar style he carefully trained and instructed his successor with the athletics starting pistol which rarely made the desired sound.
Please add your own stories as comments on our Facebook Page here: https://business.facebook.com/ChauncySchool/ If you would like to pass on a message to his wife, Margaret, may I ask you to do this via me at the school. Meanwhile, perhaps a glass or two…
Many, many friends, colleagues and students will remember Peter: a great, generous, unique man and teacher.
Dennis O’Sullivan (Headteacher)