We were recently visited by Mr Richard Drewett, an Old Boy of John Fisher. Mr Drewett was a boarder at the school in the mid nineteen sixties, living in the school boarding house at Thomas More School on Russell Hill in Purley. He had spent his early years in Ghana before his family moved back to England.
Mr Drewett originally contacted the school to see if he could purchase a school tie for Bede House, which was his house whilst he was a student here. He was invited in by our Headteacher, Mr McCullagh, and was presented with his tie by Oliver Harris who is in Year 9, Bede House.
Mr Drewett and his brother were leading sportsmen in the school during their time here. His younger brother, Peter, went on to be the Head Coach of the England Under Twenty One rugby team for many years followed by the role of Director of Rugby at Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership.
Mr Drewett left John Fisher at the age of sixteen to join the army serving on several tours to Northern Ireland in the nineteen eighties. He was awarded the military MBE before retiring from the army and serving as a police officer in the Midlands. He now works in Hagley Catholic High School in Worcestershire. During his visit to our school, Mr Drewett spoke to groups of students about his life at John Fisher, explaining to them how the values that he had been taught here had prepared him for a successful career, and for adult life. He also told the students how his faith had given him the strength and support that he needed, particularly when he was on active service. One of the influential figures in his school years had been Father Richard Fawssett who dedicated much of his life to our school. Even though Mr Drewett had left John Fisher forty five years ago, all the values he was taught then are very much at the forefront of our schools mission today.