A Dr Who surprise for retiring teacher

19/7/12    RS''Stuart Collis retires from Newbridge Junior School, he is a big Dr Who fan and some pupils dressed up for the Dr Who theme. L-R Henry Hazelwood 8, Connor Wells 9, Victoria Mason 10, Stuart Collis, Sebastian Thomas 9, Jasmine Marsh 8, Reece Collins 8''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122439-1)

19/7/12 RS''Stuart Collis retires from Newbridge Junior School, he is a big Dr Who fan and some pupils dressed up for the Dr Who theme. L-R Henry Hazelwood 8, Connor Wells 9, Victoria Mason 10, Stuart Collis, Sebastian Thomas 9, Jasmine Marsh 8, Reece Collins 8''Picture: Paul Jacobs (122439-1)

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WHEN Stuart Collis came into school yesterday, he had no idea he would be dressing up as Dr Who for the day.

But the deputy headteacher of Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth retires today after 40 years of teaching.

And to celebrate that, the school arranged for all the pupils to dress up in Dr Who themed outfits, to celebrate his favourite tv show.

Some dressed as daleks whilst others represented Dr Who’s character over the years.

Mr Collis, who has taught on and off at the school over a 35 year period, said: ‘This was a complete surprise to me. I didn’t know anything about it.

‘I just walked in and was presented with a carrier bag with this outfit in it and was told to put it on.

‘I think it’s fantastic, it’s amazing.

‘I have always been a fan of Dr Who. I can remember when I was 12 watching the very first episode on my black and white tv on a Saturday night.

‘I have always followed it all the way through.’

Now, Mr Collis is looking forward to retirement.

‘We have got various cruises booked and we’’ll be doing lots of work around the house, lots of gardening,’ he said.

‘This is an amazing school. There is always something different going on. They are a good bunch of children. They are wonderful. I shall be sad to go.

‘There have been ups and downs. But I have enjoyed working with the children very much.’

And pupils at the school said they loved having the opportunity to dress up for the day.

Henry Hazlewood, eight, said: ‘I think it’s really creative for us to learn about different outfits in different programmes so we know what other people like watching.

‘He’s a good teacher, he is one of my favourites. I am really sad that he will go. I would like him to see me grow through the years.’

Willow Adams, nine, added: ‘I think it’s a great opportunity to see what people think about Dr Who and how to dress up.

‘I think Mr Collis is a great teacher and it’s a shame to see him go.’

And Stella Demaj, nine, said: ‘I think he is great and fun and I don’t want him to go away.’

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