Richard Anderson has been teaching Modern Languages (French and German) at Boston Grammar School since 1971 and in doing so has inspired generations of Boston “lads” as he would call them. But his real lasting impression on those lads has often been from extra-curricular activities, having supervised clubs on topics from Cross Country to Subbuteo, and from model Railways to German.
It’s difficult to choose where he has made the greatest impression but some of the highlights would be:
Leading the Charity Club to raise thousands of pounds for all sorts of charities
Leading the Schuhplattler Gruppe to perform its German style dancing at home and abroad over 700 times including appearances on television
Leading lads to success in General Knowledge local, regional and national competitions
Leading the Grammar Gazette to be what I understand is the longest running school student run newspaper in the country (I stand to be corrected if that is not the case)
And now, having easily passed the historical teaching retirement mark of 60 (thanks to government policy), Richard is preparing to put down his red pen for the last time, retiring on 31 August 2014, so the current term is his last as a teacher.
Some of us have contemplated in the past what Richard would do after retirement. Once when I asked his friend and former colleague, Ron Abbott, if he could contact Richard for me (before the age of school email addresses), he said that short of throwing a rock with a message attached over the school wall there wasn’t much he could do. So dedicated has Richard been to the school, or really more accurately to “the lads” (although some are in fact now “lassies”), and the hours he has put in are surely matched by few in any profession.
In fact Richard’s plans for retirement are to split his time between Boston, where he has made many friends, and regularly meets former students, who he calls “blasts from the past”, the North East, his home territory and still home for one of his brothers, and Germany, where his other brother lives. Let’s hope we continue seeing Richard around for many years to come and let’s wish him a very happy retirement!