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Miss Calder's African adventure

At the end of the Summer Term we had to pay a fond farewell to not only our older pupils, but also to some much-loved members of staff.

One of those members was Zoe Calder who had become part of the school’s fabric.

She arrived in 2003 as a Year 7 pupil and said that she immediately fell under the St David’s spell.

“As soon as I came up the drive I knew it was the place I wanted to study, it felt like home,” said the now 27-year-old.

“Coming to St David’s meant I was allowed to be myself and there was no pressure to be something that I wasn’t.”

After leaving the school she spent two years in Uganda completing child care courses.

However, she found herself struggling after a close friend was killed in Uganda and she contacted Rev. Tim Hall, the school Chaplain, who urged her to return to the school.

“I needed that sense of family and community again and I was very fortunate to be offered a job to be an Assistant to the House for the Sixth Form girls.”

Following her arrival back at the school, Miss Calder was a teaching assistant for Years 5 & 6, in charge of Hetty boarding house and, most recently, she had been working in the Admissions Department.

Headmaster Andrew Russell said of Miss Calder: “She was inspirational in creating the haven that is Hetty and her diligent motherly care for the juniors has been exceptional.”

“As an assistant to the lovely Mrs Bean she was indispensable.  She has helped to build an admissions department which has been a massive success and prospective parents and pupils are put at ease by her care, warmth and her attention to their needs.”

He added: “Zoe will leave a hole that will be hard to fill, she will be missed by the community and adjusting to life without her constant compassionate touch will be very difficult.  She means so much to so many.”

Miss Calder said: “I wouldn’t be who I am or where I’m going if it wasn’t for my Mum and St David’s College.”

Miss Calder is now working in an international school in Uganda and we wish her all the very best of luck.


Zoe Calder pictured third from left, has left St David's to pursue a new life working in an international school in Uganda.

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