The Pate’s Grammar School community is deeply saddened by the death of a distinguished teacher and colleague, Chris Morgan, who passed away in his sleep on Tuesday.

Chris was an outstanding History teacher who had enriched the life of thousands of students and prompted so many to follow his passion for the subject at University. He was an exceptional academic whose knowledge and love for his subject was married to a unique and infectious sense of humour. His lessons were unconventional and all the better for it.

Chris was looking forward to his retirement at the end of this academic year and it is so sad that he did not have the chance to enjoy his time away from the classroom. In the lead up to his final weeks at Pate’s Chris was persuaded to engage in a Q and A session with students to mark his time at the school. The hall was crammed and Chris talked about his upbringing, his strongly held beliefs and the continual joy he felt being a teacher. The students responded with gifts and a standing ovation. To generations of Patesians he was a ‘legend’, and I am glad that Chris was able to see how much he meant to them.

As we mourn and celebrate the life of a caring, academic hero we wish to offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Mr Russel Ellicott
Head Master