Following the death of Stephen Bovey, the former Headteacher at Hillview in April 2018, it was the school’s wish to commemorate the huge impact he had upon the school and its community, alongside supporting the fantastic facility of Hospice in the Weald, which served Stephen and his family well over many months prior to his death.
Out of this vision was borne ‘A Night to Remember’ – a variety concert held on Friday 18 January at the EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge School which featured alumni and current students, former and current staff who came together to perform and re-visit many of the shows staged during Steve’s Headship.
Prior to the evening concert, Steve’s family attended a private ‘unveiling’ of the re-named Studio Theatre at Hillview – now dedicated to Steve’s memory and called: “The Bovey Studio Theatre”.
On Thursday 7 February, representatives from Hospice in the Weald attended a special assembly at the school and was presented with a cheque for £4,704.53 by Hilary Burkett, Headteacher, which was the amount raised at the concert.
Hannah Rotchell said, “It was a pleasure to direct this show on behalf of an incredibly inspiring headteacher. I loved my time at Hillview and I was touched by the love and passion Steve showed towards the performing arts during my time there. This passion has forever stayed with me and I am now fortunate enough to work in the performing arts world as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. This show was an opportunity for all alumni to reunite and reminisce about what a wonderful school Hillview is! The atmosphere backstage was incredible. The wings filled with ex-staff and students remembering those golden years together. Steve will always be the headteacher who allowed us to believe in ourselves and follow our dreams – what a truly remarkable man he was!”
Hillview School is looking forward to working with Hospice in the Weald in the future, with various projects already in the pipeline. Thanks must go to Tonbridge School for supporting this event, our present and past students and staff who performed in, compered and supported the event on the evening and, finally, Linda Stephenson PA of both Mr Bovey and Mrs Burkett and Hannah Rochelle, ex-student who has retained her links with Hillview. Together they planned a truly wonderful, memorable event.