Petersfield school bids farewell to a ‘legend’

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STAFF and parents bid farewell to a popular teacher who has retired after 35 years – after joining the school on the day it was established.

The end of an era dawned at Ditcham Park School in Petersfield with the departure of Maciej Pulaczewski, head of maths, who had worked at the school since it opened in September 1976 and was the only member of the original staff team in post.

Mr Pulaczewski – affectionately called Mr P – was well known for his wild hair and moustache, his array of hats and dapper dress – and his love of music and fencing when he wasn’t teaching.

Headteacher Andrew Rowley said: ‘In our extravagant modern society “legend” is all too often an overused descriptor, but in fact few, if any, other words epitomise Maciej more accurately and precisely.

‘A phenomenal talent, inspiration, and extraordinary scholar, mentor and teacher, Maciej is, quite simply, a legend.

‘Since Ditcham was founded Maciej has been central to almost every aspect of the school, its growth, development and success.

‘Through maths, physics, music, poetry, fencing and indeed most importantly humanity, Maciej has dedicated his life to the school.’

He added: ‘That my time here has coincided with only one of the 106 terms Maciej has given to Ditcham is a very disappointing coincidence, but I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him and wish him a very long, happy and well-earned retirement.’

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