Taking TBSHS Forward

Former students, colleagues, friends and family attend Ian Shaw's Memorial Service

Date published: Thu 27 Jun 2019   Author: HLH/SGE   Category: General   Share: Share on facebookShare on TwitterShare on MySpaceShare by Email

On Monday (24th June), the community of Bishop's Stortford, thanks to the kindness and leadership of Revd. Derwyn Williams and Saint Michael's Church, paid tribute to former Headmaster Mr. Shaw at a special and unique Thanksgiving Service for his life.  Copies of the services are attached to this article, for anyone interested in the history and ethos of TBSHS and who wishes to learn from a truly inspirational person. Most appropriately, our current Headmaster, Mr. Reeve, read from the book of Ecclesiasticus "Let us now praise famous men."

 The Order of Service and two former Head Boys from 1996-97
Photo Credit: The Revd Canon Dr James Walters
Former students and colleagues of Mr. Shaw, from the various schools he had taught at, returned to say thank you and continue to be inspired by someone who fundamentally changed their lives.  The values and the ethos of TBSHS were lived and cultivated by  Mr. Shaw, over many years, with character, humility and a joie de vivre.

Mr. Shaw's great legacy, both in the classroom and in the extra-curricular realms of Sport, Music, Drama, Debating and Interact, is still seen in the school we love and enjoy today. High standards and a caring culture. Like looking at a diamond, there are so many facets to Mr. Shaw; he was interested in people and in life. Within the Bishop's Stortford Community, he served so many local clubs, from the Rugby and Cricket Clubs, to Rotary and Saint Michael's Church - "Service above self."

Mrs Barbara Shaw, Robin, Rafe & Bryony Shaw and Geraldine and Doug Scott would like to add a special thanks to everyone from the whole School community, who attended the funeral, has written to the Shaw family, and attended or contributed to the Memorial Service - "Ian would have loved it"

A lover of history as a teacher, Mr. Shaw was concerned about today and tomorrow and how we improve TBSHS, ourselves and society. Mr. Shaw himself warmly credited his inheritance at TBSHS and took the School onwards. Do we "take responsibility”?  What do we wish our legacy to be: here and in life? How are we taking TBSHS forward?

Inspired by Mr. Shaw, and enhanced by Mr. Reeve, the story continues...