On the move

20th February 2009 at 00:00

Nicola Rowland, who teaches geography at the John of Gaunt School in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is one of four teachers joining an expedition to the Arctic with the Fuchs Foundation. This will involve a 350-mile journey across the Greenland ice sheet by dog sled to conduct scientific experiments on the environment and climate change. The team leaves on April 29 for a month. Pupils will be able to follow the trip via blogs and have the chance to link to teachers by satellite.

Kenneth Ian Hytch is to be the next president of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the musicians' professional body. He takes over at the society's annual conference in Brough, East Yorkshire, on April 16, succeeding Roderick Swanston, the musicologist and broadcaster. Mr Hytch taught music for more than 40 years in primary, grammar and state boarding schools until his retirement in 2007.

Rhodri Meilir, better known as Alfie Butts in the British sitcom My Family, has become the ambassador for Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People's Assembly for Wales. Mr Meilir, who grew up in Mold, went to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, after being awarded a scholarship to study drama. He has appeared in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather dramatisation, ITV's Afterlife drama series, as well as the BBC sitcom. Since taking on his ambassador role, Mr Meilir has revamped Funky Dragon's mission statement, which is to improve communication between children and the Assembly government.

Derek Davies has been appointed principal of Droylsden Academy, Manchester, opening in September. Mr Davies became an associate head of Jeff Joseph School in Manchester before taking up his current role as head of Stretford High in 2004. Mr Davies, who is also leadership director of the Greater Manchester Challenge, will begin his new post in April to prepare for the academy's opening.

Sue Seifert has retired as head of Montem Primary in Islington, north London, which she joined in 1989. She spent 30 of her 40 years in schools as a headteacher. At 34, she became the youngest head working for the Inner London Education Authority when she joined Thornhill Primary in Islington. Eight years later, she became a trouble-shooting head, helping to lead other schools in the borough.

Nick Tait, who worked alongside Sue Seifert at Montem Primary as deputy head, has been appointed head. He started his career at a primary in Leeds before becoming an advanced-skills teacher.

Roy Stone, one of the country's longest-serving governors, has retired after 56 years. He first attended Cadbury Heath Primary School as a three-year-old pupil and now leaves as a governor, aged 79. In that time, the school introduced provision for children with special educational needs, abolished the cane and installed flushing toilets.

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