Garden remembers Forest School 'rock' Joe Holyer
December 21, 2012
A water feature built in memory of popular teacher Joe Holyer has been officially unveiled.
Staff and Sixth Form pupils at The Forest School created a large rock with running water as a centrepiece between the main hall and staff room at the secondary school in Robin Hood Lane, Winnersh.
My Holyer, who was assistant headteacher and leader of the school’s pastoral care, was a lover of wild, natural environments and led expeditions to the Himalayas, Andes and Kilimanjaro over the past decade.
Headteacher Keith Quine said: “After consultation with colleagues and members of the student council, we decided a fitting memorial to Joe Holyer would be to create a garden in his memory. A quiet area for reflection, a haven of potential peace in our busy school site.
“The centrepiece of a large slab of rock can be taken in many ways. Joe was a lover of wild places, a veteran of several World Challenge expeditions to areas such as The Andes and The Himalayas. Also he was the rock of our pastoral care approach towards young people and their families.
“On Monday night when last year’s leavers returned to celebrate their exam successes in the summer of 2012, there was very strong support for the garden we have created, a number of them lighting candles in memory of Joe.”
The feature was constructed on Saturday, November 24 – which would have been Mr Holyer’s birthday – and unveiled on Monday.