During the Lent Term the School received the very sad news that the Japanese families that worked for Hitachi had to return home at the request of their employer. As a thank you for their time at Dean Close the Hitachi families made the wonderful gesture of creating an avenue of cherry trees at Dean Close School. 21 trees were purchased by the families, including Mr. and Mrs. Akagi, Mr and Mrs Fushiki, Mr. and Mrs. Hara, Mr. and Mrs. Hyodo, Mr. and Mrs. Kaimori, Mr. and Mrs. Kato, Mr and Mrs Okudaira, Mr and Mrs Ono, Mr. and Mrs. Otoda, and lastly but not least Mr. and Mrs. Takada. Unfortunately, due to pipe work the trees could not be planted on the Shelburne path where everyone hoped they would go, instead the trees were planted in various locations around the School.

Towards the end of term all of the families gathered with the Headmaster, Mr Moss, from the Prep School and Dr Carolyn Shelley, Headmistress from the Pre-Prep, to plant the first three trees near Shelburne, the girls’ boarding house. Mr Paddy Moss said, “The school is very grateful to our Japanese friends, they will be missed but not forgotten as the trees will be a wonderful reminder of all the children from Hitachi that have been educated here at Dean Close.  Each and every one has made a valuable contribution to our community over the years.”

Thank you to all our ‘Hitachi’ families who donated 21 beautiful cherry trees to the Dean Close Foundation.