Mr Pitman receives an award at his new school

Jeppe old boy, former teacher, Oribi house master and master in charge of the pipe band, Mr Damien Pitman, left us at the end of 2019 for a spell of teaching at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, Scotland, and by all accounts he is making waves there.

He has been awarded the British Armed Forces Commander Home Command Award for the role he has played in leading the school’s digital response to the Covid-19 pandemic and inspiring the teaching staff to become better digital teachers.

“Several of us have now become ‘Google Certified Educators’, a qualification that Damien recommended to us and provided support for as we took on the training and 3-hour exam,” the award citation reads. “He has also selflessly given up his own time in order to prepare a significant number of virtual digital events. He also does a lot behind the scenes to support everyone when any issue arises.

“The Pitmans are, of course, a team and I know that Damien will want to share this recognition with Caitlin and even though I can only give one award, I do recognise this as very much a team effort. A wonderful effort in a difficult year.”

Mr Pitman gives credit for his award to what he learnt at Jeppe. “This award is very much on the back of Jeppe’s response to Covid-19 and due to the years of training that I received at Jeppe, re the use of digital technology. I have implemented many ideas from my time there, as well as mirroring things that you guys implemented during last year’s lockdown,” he said.

Congratulations Mr Pitman. We are proud of you, Keep the Jeppe flag flying.