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Thank You Mrs.Harris

At the end of the summer term of 2022, we bid a very fond farewell to Mrs. Harris.
28 Jul 2022
Written by Caroline Cheal
Mrs.Harris at a recent Biennial Inspection
Mrs.Harris at a recent Biennial Inspection

Having retired from Adams as a well-respected Chemistry Teacher in 2016, Mrs. Harris has tirelessly promoted the CCF within school and the wider community, firstly as an Officer, rising to Officer Commanding the RAF Section and finally as Contingent Commander. She took over the position of Contingent Commander from Mr. Skeate in July 2015 and has guided the CCF at Haberdashers' Adams with supreme commitment and support.

Mrs. Harris has always promoted the ethos of the Air Cadet Organisation of R.I.S.E - Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence - throughout her time in the CCF at Adams and has personally followed this to the letter. She has striven to get both cadets and staff to ‘be the best they can be’ and many young men and women who have passed through the Adams CCF owe an enormous debt of gratitude to her. She has recognised those who maybe wouldn’t excel academically or in other areas and, through her tutelage, have become exceptional young people who return regularly to maintain those close and affectionate bonds. This was seen a couple of weeks ago when ONs from the CCF returned to show their heartfelt thanks with a leaving presentation at the end of Mrs.Harris' final parade at Longford.

Over the years, many cadets have had life-changing and life-affirming experiences thanks to Mrs. Harris' perseverance. Apart from our in-school activities, both Army & RAF cadets have enjoyed overseas expeditions to Canada, Cyprus, Germany and Gibraltar, to name just a few, and adventurous training courses within the UK with potholing, caving, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, assault courses, high ropes, low ropes, shooting, flying, gliding, music etc. Never one to take ‘no’ or even ‘no thanks ma’am’, she has enriched, enhanced and encouraged an incalculable number of young people - and some older ones too!

As a holder of the ACO Long Service Medal, Mrs. Harris' influence stretches way beyond Adams. She is greatly admired and respected by many and will be missed throughout the greater Air Cadet Organisation, where she has been a regular stalwart at summer camps and Air Cadet Leadership Courses, where her enthusiasm and encouragement have touched many colleagues over the years.

Whilst Mrs.Harris is supposedly moving to a relaxing lifestyle, we know she is already busy volunteering with various charities in Bridgnorth whilst enjoying spending time with her two grandsons in Hampshire. She will be missed greatly at school and we are all very thankful for all she has done. We hope she will keep in touch with the many friends she has made at Adams and we wish her all the very best for exciting times ahead.

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