Rod’s son, Sandy, said about his father "if helping other people is a measure of a life well-lived, then Dad lived a very good life indeed". And it is to honour and celebrate the generosity and kindness that Rod showed to so many others that we are establishing the Rod Slater S3 Projects Bursary Fund, ensuring that his memory as an S3 Project “legend” will live on for many years to come.
Roderick Mackenzie Slater, known to his many friends as Rod or Roddie, joined George Watson’s College as Head of Modern Languages in 1983 and during his 25-year career at the school he became a much loved and highly regarded teacher, colleague, mentor and friend. Rod is fondly remembered by countless pupils as a supportive, fun and inspirational languages teacher. He was the leader of 23 foreign exchanges, directed dozens of drama productions, and most importantly loved S3 Projects. He led groups into the Scottish mountains he loved almost every year, being particularly fond of Torridon and the Hebrides, the birthplace of his mother.
Seeking an appropriate way to honour Rod, Sylvie and their sons Sandy and Andrew wish to establish the Rod Slater S3 Projects Bursary Fund. Rod loved the outdoors and understood the great life skills and friendships that pupils gain during their S3 Project trips.
It is in supporting this aspect of a Watson’s education that we can best remember Rod’s special and unique connection to the School and Watsonian family. The Family hope that Rod’s many friends will also see this as a fitting way for them to mark their connection with this special individual and want to thank those who have already made donations to this fund.
The Slater family have been incredibly touched by the generosity shown through the donations which have already been received. They have been pleased to personally match the first £5,000 of donations in celebration of Rod's life.
Purpose of the Rod Slater S3 Projects Bursary Fund
The funds will be used to provide financial support to S3 pupils whose family’s circumstances are such that providing safe and appropriate equipment for project trips would be financially challenging.