A blast from the past

Page 53 Alison NaishIn the first of a series of articles, we plan to delve into The Wychwood archive and revisit a story from the past. In 1994 we reported that Alison Naish had become the first Guide in the Wychwood Division to complete the Queen’s Guide Award – the highest award possible. To reach this accolade, Alison organized a County camp for 700 people, became a First Aider, visited interesting places like the Commonwealth Institute in London, had a guided tour of the House of Commons and had to complete a presentation to the County Assessment Panel. At that time she helped run a Guide unit in Wimbledon whilst studying in South London. Now Alison takes up the story……

It has been very interesting to reflect upon what I have done since 1994 when I achieved my Queen’s Guide Award. I graduated from the University of Surrey in July 1994, and applied for a one year teacher training course to get my qualification. I decided to stay in London as I felt that if I could teach in the schools in London I could teach anywhere! I had excellent school placements, including one at Boy George’s old school, and lived in halls at Avery Hill, near Sidcup. In 1995 I was awarded my teacher status.

My first appointment was at Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe where I taught Business Studies and ICT. The ICT technician, Jane Weston, soon learnt that I was a Guider and invited me to join her running the local Cub Scout group – we had great fun camping, pot holing, climbing, playing football and cooking with the cubs. I even appeared in the High Wycombe Gang Show!

It was at this time that I met Alan Faulkner, who was working for Rawlins TV in Milton-under-Wychwood. We married in 1998 at St Simon and St Jude’s Church.

Fast forward almost twenty years, and I am running 1st Wychwood Guides with Claire Saxby. I am Head of Year 7 at Chipping Norton School (CNS), and gained my Masters in Education as this is something that I am really passionate about. My first assembly to the new Year 7 students when they join CNS is all about being a Queen’s Guide – doing your best, being kind and helpful. A special weekly award encourages students to think of others before themselves; there are plenty of nominations for this award! Secondary School can be very challenging for some students yet with guidance and support, students can grow into confident individuals.

My two greatest achievements are my children, Lily and Max. Lily is one of our Senior Section about to embark on her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, and Max thoroughly enjoys Cubs – they both seem to have caught the Guiding and Scout Movement bug.

Alison Faulkner
Queen’s Guide

April – May 2017