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On to new adventures - Miss Wain

Lucinda Wain – SGS 2013-2020

Lucinda Wain joined us in 2013 and quickly made her mark in the department and across the wider school. She was very keen to bring innovations and new ideas to her teaching and was able to implement these across the year groups, from enthusiastic Y7s through to world-weary Y13s. She quickly proved herself an outstanding teacher, balancing fun and challenging lessons with a real focus on mastering exam technique for the older students. Within the department, Lucinda was responsible for developing the thriving History Society and personally oversaw the termly magazine Retrospect. The students loved the responsibility she gave them on this project and repaid her by producing a professional and enlightening publication. This was later enhanced with special school exhibits around the centenary of the World War One Armistice and Black History Month 2019.

Lucinda held various roles in her time at the school. She was Head of Year 7 for three years, helping each new cohort settle into unfamiliar surroundings and providing just the right balance of empathy and discipline needed in those first few months of secondary school life. In later years, she has provided excellent support for her sixth form tutor groups. As Head of Citizenship, she hosted, on behalf of the school, both the First Give Charity Event and the Sutton Holocaust Memorial Day, giving students the freedom to organise and participate in these important days. Most recently, she has been the Head of Manor House as they make the tricky transition from Blue House into the ultra-competitive world of the 5-house system.

Never one to miss a school trip, Lucinda helped run the annual school ski jaunt with Ray Pletts and also organised overseas excursions to the World War One and Waterloo Battlefields. It’s no surprise that her next job will see her in Chicago, at the British International School as Head of the Humanities faculty. It’s a great opportunity for her professionally and a chance to further explore the States.

She has been a brilliant colleague over the past seven years and will be missed by students and staff alike. Her positive attitude towards school life and her pursuit of ‘good history’ has been infectious. Whether crowing in victory at Board Games Club, refusing to admit defeat in staff badminton, her fulsome commitment to Duke of Edinburgh expeditions or complaining to the boys that her name was spelt wrong again in WTSSG, Lucinda has been a great asset to the life of Sutton Grammar and we wish her all the best in her new adventures.

Simon Shergold

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