This week staff at The Sixth Form College, Solihull honoured a much loved former colleague by officially re-naming the College Sports Centre as the Claire Hicks Sports Hall.
Claire Hicks taught in the Sports’ department at the College since 1994 until losing her battle with cancer earlier this year. Having given so many years dedicated service to the College, benefitting so many students over the years, it was fitting to remember Claire in such a permanent way.
Staff came together earlier this week for the official renaming ceremony and were joined by Claire’s husband Paul and many of her friends and family. A plaque was unveiled and guests enjoyed Pimms and strawberries in what was a celebration of Claire’s life and her undoubted contribution to the College.
College Principal Paul Ashdown commented:
“Claire was a fantastic teacher and a warm and caring human being, as her many past students would attest to. Teaching was a vocation to Claire and it’s only right that her dedicated service is remembered. She will never be forgotten by her many friends and colleagues and having a permanent memorial to her at the College is a wonderful way to keep her memory alive.”
For Claire’s closest colleagues, having the building they work in renamed after their close friend has been a fitting tribute. They recall what an outstanding teacher Claire was and the many excellent opportunities she provided to students, including fieldtrips abroad in years gone by. Claire will also be remembered for the fitness classes she ran for staff every Friday in term time, which provided a fun and healthy opportunity for aerobic exercise and social interaction.
12 July 2016