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1 October

Passing on a Love of Languages

Michael Senter (Cr 46-54) was a respected and much valued member of our King’s community. He sadly passed away at the start of 2020 and his widow, Dr Enid Mayberry, was keen to give King’s a gift in his memory. During his time at King’s, Michael was Head of School and a very able linguist, attending the University of Oxford on completion of his military service, where he obtained a BA in Modern Languages. In 1988 Michael was awarded an OBE for services to British Commercial Interests in Czechoslovakia. In 2015, both he and Enid were awarded The Cross of Merit, Poland’s highest medal for civilians, for their charitable work as volunteers in Poland for over twenty years.

Passing on a Love of Languages Michael Senter

After Michael’s death, Dr Mayberry liaised with King’s Development Director, Liz Elliott, and Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Richard Ball (Hon OV), to decide what would be the most appropriate and practical gift that she could give to the School in Michael’s memory, given his passion and aptitude for languages. We are delighted that King’s pupils are now using a number of German and French textbooks, purchased by Dr Mayberry for their use, in order that Michael’s love of languages perpetuates at King’s and hopefully encourages pupils to explore a love for languages in their own studies and future careers.

Passing on Love of Languages

Richard shared his thoughts with us on this super gift to the pupils: “Coinciding with the European Day (or in our case, Week) of Languages, we are delighted to have been able to make the most of the largesse of an internationally minded OV. His wife has ensured that his wish to contribute to the linguistic skills of future generations has been met with some delightful hard back volumes of French and German children’s poetry.

“Poems for this year’s modern languages Upper Four Poetry Declamations Competition have been selected from these collections. We await the winners of the contest in the final next week. Meanwhile we remain grateful for the support offered to help inspire our pupils for the longer-term future for their multi-lingual skills they will no doubt enjoy all the more.”