Staff, students, past and present, and friends came together to say a fond farewell to one of Springwood Academy’s longest-serving teachers at a specially arranged cricket match.
Deputy headteacher Jas Singh, who delivered a knockout innings at the school with 37 years of teaching, has retired from the Academy after serving the school since 1979.
During the bulk of his time at the crease, Mr Singh taught PE at Springwood but more recently he has served as deputy headteacher.
Students, staff, families and friends joined forces for the match at Castle Rising, where Mr Singh has played cricket for both Springwood and Castle Rising for a number of years.
The match was organised by Springwood PE teacher Dan Ward, who paid tribute to the departing Springwood stalwart.
Mr Ward said: “Jas has had a massive influence on me.
“He taught me as a pupil, where he helped me with my cricket, and he also shaped the way I went on to become a teacher my giving me help and advice.
“It would be fair to say that he has had a double-impact on me and I thought arranging the cricket match was the perfect way of saying goodbye.
“It was the least I could do to say thank-you to him and it really does say a lot about Jas that so many people wanted to be a part of the day.
“He has taught many people and everyone has utmost respect for him.”
The Singh legacy at the school is set to continue for many years to come with Jahy – Jas’ son – starting at the school as a geography and PE teacher from September.
Mr Ward added: “The school will be a different place without him, but it is nice that his son Jahy will be starting at the school from September after completing his teacher training.”
Before the game on a sun-drenched afternoon, both sets of players were presented with a cap, sporting the name of their respective team, to mark the special occasion.
Although the result on the day was purely academic, a Jas Singh XI fittingly defeated a Mark Ballman XI.