David Provan, or, as he is more fondly known, Dave, has finally decided to hang up his boots at Bo’ness Academy after 36 years service.
He started his career in 1977 as a combined chemistry and maths teacher after graduating from St Andrews University. Later he moved on to become a guidance teacher, where he enjoyed the elements of pastoral care he was able to give.
In the 90s he took on the role of assistant head teacher, before finally reaching the pinnacle of his career in 2002 when he was appointed as depute head teacher.
During his time at the school there have been many changes, however, one thing has stayed the same – the school is and always has been a very close knit community.
Dave said: “Every morning, before leaving for work, I have eaten a banana for breakfast. I reckon that, in the last 36 years, I have eaten more than a ton of bananas. I don’t intend to ever eat another banana – I don’t really like them!”
Dave has travelled far and wide with the school in his role as organiser of many extra-curricular clubs, including Germany, Paris and Amsterdam.
Commenting on his pending retirement he said: “I am looking forward to retirement although not to the final goodbye. I reckon I’ll have a spare hanky at the ready.
‘‘I have no specific plans but I hope to spend more time gardening, brushing up on my foreign languages and hopefully taking forward the Coastwatch initiative in Bo’ness.”
Asked about the high points in his career, he said that the appointment to depute head teacher was probably the pinnacle of his career. As to the low points, he remarked that the loss of any pupil or staff member was heartbreaking and always difficult to deal with.
Finally, we asked Dave he would miss any other school dinners. “Like the bananas, I have had a bowl of soup for lunch in the canteen every day of my working life as a teacher - unlike the bananas, I do love soup!”
Oh, he also enjoys a wee dram, being particularly fond of Old Pulteney.