Gillian WoodThe entire High School of Dundee community has been deeply saddened to learn that our former colleague, Gillian Wood, passed away on Wednesday 25 April, after a battle with illness.

Gillian was an enormously popular and well-respected teacher who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

In 2012, Gillian said goodbye to the School after a long association spanning more than half a century as a pupil, parent and member of staff. When she left the High School at the end of F6, she attended Dundee College of Education and spent a few years teaching in Dundee before leaving to have her family. She did not lose contact with the School, however, as she played tennis and hockey for the former pupil clubs during these years.

Once her own children, Elizabeth and Graeme, had started here, she went back to teaching and in 1984 returned to take up a post as a supply teacher for Dundee High School, as it was then. A few years later she became a permanent member of staff and in 1995 she moved to L1 where she remained until her retirement, becoming a well-loved leader and guide to generations of pupils, many of whom are still in the school.

One of her greatest pleasures was, annually on Leavers’ Day, hearing what her former pupils were going to do next with their lives.

In her retirement, Gillian enjoyed golf and bridge, and spending time with her grandchildren in London.

Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences go out to Gillian’s family at this difficult time.