I taught at Montgomery Of Alamein School from January 1966 till July 1988.
For several years I took the top exam classes in English Language and Literature, but I have always considered that my major role in the field of education came in another direction.
On day the headmaster, Dennis Beacham, called me into his office to discuss an important matter.
He was concerned that our first year intake were coming from schools in a number of villages where the practice was to have just one teacher per class and they were finding it confusing to enter a system where each subject was taught by a different teacher, resulting in each boy having as many as nine or ten different teachers each week, which was very confusing for many.
What the head wanted to know was if I could compose a single syllabus from the separate subjects of English, History, Geography and Divinity. This syllabus was to be called Humanities and would occupy one third of the timetable and be taught by one teacher.
I have had a quiet sense of pride that I accepted the head’s challenge and became one of the very first to teach Humanities in the entire country. Each year the fresh intake of boys seemed to find it easier to enter secondary schooling and the parents gave us great support.
Now, at the ripe old age of 81 I look back with fondness on those years.