Princethorpe Says Farewell To Much Loved LAMDA Teacher Mary MacDonald

At the end of November Princethorpe College said farewell to much loved peripatetic teacher, Mrs Mary MacDonald. Mary introduced tuition for the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations back in September 2012 and, over the intervening years, under her expert leadership, the numbers of pupils studying the communication and performance syllabuses gradually increased. Princethorpe College now has four LAMDA teachers and 81 pupils taking lessons in the Dramatic Arts.

All Mary’s pupils have thrived and with her encouragement have successfully progressed through the syllabus, some right to the very top level, a number achieving Gold Medals at Grade 8. Keen for all her pupils to achieve their full potential Mary has always structured her teaching to bring out the best in every piece of work under study. She actively supported school performance events and has helped LAMDA become an integral part of the Performing Arts offering at Princethorpe College.

Diligent to the end, a delighted Mary was surprised with flowers, gifts and cards as she supervised the latest round of LAMDA examinations. Peripatetic and Exam Co-ordinator Felicity Coulson said, “We would like to thank Mary for all her hard work and dedication to Princethorpe’s pupils. She has been instrumental in the success of LAMDA at the College and we will miss her. We wish her a happy, healthy and well-deserved rest as she enters the next phase of her life.”

Mary was thrilled responding, “I do feel thoroughly spoilt,” continuing, “It has been wonderful to work with so many gifted and talented children, they have taught me so much.”