Andrew Hoellering - Gordonstoun 1951
We tend to think of life as a journey and history as having a direction.The two main influences on my journey were undobtably my parents and my schooling. From my parents I imbibed a belief in the value of the arts, and from Gordonstoun the aim of a healthy mind in a healthy body, both to be utilised in the service of a worthwhile cause. The notion of service to others was summed up for me in the parable of the Good Samaritan, and this and brilliant teaching by Henry Brereton and Erich Meissner (whose photos look down on one in the magical Round Square library) led first to journalism ,which enabled me to work my way through university in Canada, and then to a career as a teacher of English.
Gordonstoun in my day (1945-51) with its cold showers , sports, athletics and early morning runs (stripped to the waist in all weathers) was not a place for wimps. You either thrived or went under. I thrived, and I have made physical as well as mental demands on myself ever since. My triathlon on 12 May 2013 is the latest of these challenges. It is in aid of the Children's Hospice South-West , and if you would be prepared to sponsor me, please take a look at :
which is where my journey at 80 has now taken me.