05 Sep 2017

Tuesday 05 September 2017

On Wednesday 30 August, a special morning tea was held at the King’s College Centennial Centre for the naming ceremony of the Murray Bean Scholars’ Common Room.

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Members of the community gathered alongside staff and students to share in commemorating the life of King’s teacher, the late Rev Murray Bean and the positive impact he made on the College and his students.

Headmaster Simon Lamb was present to welcome the community and Languages teacher Simon Curnow spoke on behalf of Murray Bean’s friends. FaAfuhia Fia (Year 11, Peart) also shared a touching speech on why he nominated the Scholar’s Common Room to be named after Murray Bean.  

Rev Murray Bean was a School House tutor and teacher of Religious Education, Positive Education, Social Studies, French, Spanish and Philosophy. He worked tirelessly to strengthen the College community and was well-loved for his passion in education and teaching. The Murray Bean Scholar’s Common Room is available within the Centennial Centre for our top senior academic students to use as a study area.  

“Murray cared about people and built strong relationships with many at King’s College. He worked in many fields and because of his quick and able mind achieved things rapidly and without fuss. He completed the first major revision of the Chapel Service Book, was in charge of the Scholars’ Common Room, ran debating teams and the Philosophy Club, revitalised the Trevelyan Society and coached varyingly rugby and archery. He epitomised what it was to be a King’s man.”

Simon Curnow, HOD Modern Languages, and a dear friend of Murray