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It goes without saying that Wellington College would not exist were it not for Arthur Wellesley, the Iron Duke, the first Duke of Wellington. Quite simply, it is equally correct to say that Wellington College would also not exist were it not for the Royal Family. When Arthur Wellesley died in September 1852, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were determined that there should be a national memorial to commemorate the Iron Duke. But what should it be? There were some precedents. Another commented, “You don’t owe any explanation to anyone but thanks for clarifying. You are the best.” In 2000 Driver retired from Wellington and eventually settled with Ann in a delightful old cottage at Northiam, near Rye in East Sussex. The house displayed another of the paradoxes that were always present in his life: an unusually tall man fitting himself comfortably into a low-ceilinged cottage, as if he had clambered into a dolls’ house overflowing with books. One user reassured him, saying, “Sir you are a legend and please don’t pay attention to these online trolls.”

When Nelson died in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, it was decided that a square should be created in his memory in London with a suitable centrepiece monument. Trafalgar Square was duly created in 1835 and Nelson’s Column – one of London’s most iconic tourist attractions, was completed in 1843. Before. Crane River in association with the Africa Sun Press. August 2018. ISBN 9781909717978. (A collection of 22 poems) in STANZAS, No 11. Two poems appeared in the magazine Theology, May 2018, No 121 No 3: "In a French Garden" and "The hymn of the Christian atheist". Driver was as of November 2019 [update] an honorary senior lecturer at the School of Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, [7] a post he held since 2007. [ citation needed] The cookie is set by Krux Digital under the domain krxd.net. The cookie stores a unique ID to identify a returning user for the purpose of targeted advertising.

The schools are: Sevenoaks (1964-5, 1967-73), Matthew Humberstone Comprehensive School (1973-8), Island School, Hong Kong (1978-83), Berkhamsted School (1983-9), and Wellington College In 1976 he was a Research Fellow at the University of York, and for twenty-three years he was a headmaster (Principal, Island School, Hong Kong, 1978-83; Headmaster, Berkhamsted School, 1983-9; Schoolmastering, as it would then have been called, was an obvious choice for Driver. His father had been a much-loved chaplain at St Andrew‘s College. Jonty had all the qualities that would make for a great teacher. Initially Sevenoaks was but a springboard however to Trinity College, Oxford where Driver undertook the degree of Master of Philosophy. But if he thought of pursuing a career in academia, this thought soon gave way to a consistent call to the classroom and to the shaping of institutions that in turn make possible the shaping of citizens with a strong sense of service and social justice. Jonty is survived by his wife Ann, his children Dominic, Dax and Tamlyn, and his grandchildren. My thoughts are with them and his many loved ones at this time.

My favourite story, for now, involves Jonty and the late Archishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at an event at Westminster Abbey on 3 March 2014. It resonates with another event at Umso Senior Secondary School in Colesberg, many years earlier. And both events revolve around Nelson Mandela as well as William Shakespeare. But let me start at the beginning … He is survived by his wife Ann, and by his three children. Dominic is head of land stewardship at Natural Resources Wales; Dax is chief executive of the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago; and Tamlyn is deputy managing director at cxpartners, a digital consultancy. These experiences bound us together. We repeated the Bach-Driver combination several times, Jonty reading Requiemhimself one Good Friday when it represented animaginative reworking of the middle hour of a traditional Three Hours’ Devotion. The cookie is set by CasaleMedia. The cookie is used to collect information about the usage behavior for targeted advertising. It used to be said that all of us think we know about education because we have all been to school; Some Schools, very attractively produced (a handful of misprints) by John Catt Educational, should enthral any reader for that reason; it will convey to anyone what teaching is really like with its difficulties and its joys. The strongest impression I had from it is that any parents reading it would be truly delighted to have someone with the qualities of Jonty Driver overseeing the education of their children.

Driver’s life was full of searching and longing, for South Africa, and in particular his beloved Karoo. The joy he felt at the coming to power in the mid-1990s of Nelson Mandela and the ANC evaporated in his latter years, when it became clear that the ANC had lost its way. Wellington College came into legal existence in December 1853 when a Royal Charter was granted for its construction. Royal Charters are the oldest forms of incorporation – that is the creation of an institution – in the United Kingdom; they are a formal grant by the Monarch for the establishment of an organisation. Our school came into being by a decree of the monarch. Jonty was due to leave in a few days, so I had to communicate urgently with Lindiwe Maliti, a member of the HOD team at Umso. This required a degree of rural agility in a context of bad phone lines and no cell phones, and then some logistical acrobatics from Lindiwe in the form of moving chairs and benches and rearranging classes so that a special assembly could be accommodated. After his degree, he worked as a teacher at Sevenoaks School and then at Matthew Humberstone Comprehensive School in South Humberside. In 1976 he became a Research Fellow at the University of York. From 1978 to 1983 Driver worked as a headmaster at Berkhamsted School. He spent a considerable amount of time as a Principal in Hong Kong. He was Master at Wellington College from 1989-2000. Jonty Driver (pictured above, centre) was Headmaster of Berkhamsted School, arriving from Hong Kong in 1983, before leaving to take up headship at Wellington College, after only six years, in 1989.

This cookie is set by Addthis. This is a geolocation cookie to understand where the users sharing the information are located. In 1976, he was a Research Fellow at the University of York, and for 23 years he was a headmaster (Principal, Island School, Hong Kong, 1978–83; Headmaster, Berkhamsted School, 1983–9; Master, Wellington College, 1989–2000). [2] [6] Writing career [ edit ] STILL FURTHER, New Poems, 2000-2020, was published by the Uhlanga Press in South Africa and the UK in 2021. It is available from bookshops in South Africa, fromthe Africa Books Collective in theFive pamphlets, made in co-operation with Artwrite Ltd of Rye, were published in 2019/20: the first is IMAGE & IMAGE, Some Old Photographs & Twelve Unrhymed Sonnets. Six of the photographs In my teaching days, Mr Williams, then principal of Colesberg Primary school, invariably greeted me with: ‘Not too dusty, thank you Maeder. And how are you?’ I wished he had been my primary school principal for his sense of humour alone. He was also feted for engineering breaks in the sun in mid-winter at sombre education department meetings, so he could enjoy a puff or two at one of his endless cigarettes. He is still on the go, I am told, in Adelaide in the eastern Cape. I miss him sorely.

On Friday 2nd November 2018 (All Souls' Day) Jonty read his sequence of poems, REQUIEM, in the parish church of Ewhurst Green. Martin Bradshaw, cellist, played excerpts from Bach's Cello Although Driver spent several decades living abroad in England, his early life in South Africa always remained a key focus in his writing and he was an active participant and supportive presence in the local literary community. He will live on in his written works and the memories of family and friends. The Man with the Suitcase, the life, execution and rehabilitation of John Harris, Liberal Terrorist, was published by the Crane River Press in 2015 and is available from the publisher or He became a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, US, in the fall of 2009, and a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle Writers’ Retreat in March and April 2011. He also served as one of the trustees of the Beit Trust for many years.He was described within his valete, which appeared in the October 1989 edition of The Berkhamstedian as “the first of the ‘modern’ headmasters of Berkhamsted who recognised the need to get out and about- forging international links, teacher swaps, the introduction of scholars from other continents, contributing to the work of the Headmasters’ Conference and many other public engagements and visits abroad. All these activities have brought the name of Berkhamsted to the forefront, sometimes in places where it was little known before, as well as enriching the life of the School in many ways.” At the time, Mandela had retired in some triumph after serving a single term as president of the supposed ’new South Africa’ – which I found hugely ironic, seeing that, not too long before, at a stage-managed provincial and local farmers’ union meeting, ostensibly about farm labour, I was singled out as a farmer in league with ‘the devil’. But I digress … If these works helped to establish a distinctive and nuanced voice, the obvious preoccupation with the context he had been forced to leave and from which he felt so strongly an exile was only to give way to a less obvious yearning for home. The preoccupations of headmasterly office, to which he brought a combination of brisk decisiveness, immense compassion, old fashioned straight forwardness, and strategic insightfulness together with a complete change of context to Hong Kong, produced a set of Hong Kong portraits that rooted him compellingly in the place and with the people he was then most immediately experiencing. It was as if only now could he find an identity inaholistic sense beyond that which he had forsaken. But Victoria not only laid Wellington’s foundation stone. She returned two and a half years later to open the College formally when our first 76 pupils arrived – 47 of whom were Foundationers – on 29 th January 1859. An act which is commemorated on this stone at the entrance to Great School.



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