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Death of Donald Simpson

Death of Donald Simpson

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Donald Simpson on 10th May 2020. Donald joined WHS in 1962 as a maths teacher from Queensland, Australia, where he had attended Townsville High School and graduated from Queensland Teachers' College and already been a Headmaster. Donald was appointed Assistant Head with Richard Speight in 1972, when Michael Llewellyn was preparing to step down as Headmaster, and latterly became School Bursar. He retired from WHS in 1995 returning to Magnetic Island off Townsville.

During his time at WHS, Donald spearheaded the introduction of 'The New Mathematics', bringing teaching of maths more in line with what was perceived to be the expectations of industry and the wider world, was an early adopter of computers setting up the Computer Room and had a love of music. He played the horn and taught himself all other instruments so that the children could access their instrument of choice. He ran the Chapel Choir, conducted the School Orchestra and put on numerous Gilbert and Sullivan productions as well as other plays. He was heavily involved in the Cubs and Scouts and led both canal boat and camping expeditions.

Arriving at WHS at a similar time to David Jones (1955), Richard Speight (1961) and Richard Murdin (1965), Martin Roberts writes in his book 'The House on the Hill', 'These men provided fresh legs on the games field and in their different ways were to work tirelessly on all those activities which make a preparatory school much more than a means of passing Common Entrance'.Donald's funeral was held in Townsville on 15thMay 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.