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Inspirational Teachers - Chris & Janice Bateman

Chris and Janice Bateman are two extraordinary individuals. Every moment I can think of with them is cherished. Today, (27 years on) — reminiscing the exceptionalism of a man I can call a Father. 
21 Jul 2021
Written by Rachele Snowden
Sidcotians Connect

Natapong Kittipadungkul remembers Chris & Janice Bateman 

Chris Batemans (S:1991- 2014) Janice Bateman (S: 1993-2014) Nat (S: 1994 – 2001)

Chris and Janice Bateman are two extraordinary individuals. Every moment I can think of with them is cherished. Today, (27 years on) — reminiscing the exceptionalism of a man I can call a Father.  His lifelong impact upon my family cannot be understated as my older and younger brothers were also house parented by Chris and Janice at Sidcot. Needless to say, I owe an infinite depth of gratitude towards the Batemans, I am confident other Sidcotians across the world would agree.

Animated, majestically mysterious and unapologetically dignified, I first encountered Chris Bateman in 1994 as he was coaching our basketball team at the Sports Hall. Admiring from afar (the foyer balcony), it was a cadence of his mountainous energy, resourceful presence and unorthodox accent (to a homesick 11 year-old Thai) that assured me I had found a loving home in Sidcot.

Mr. and Mrs. Bateman shaped and nurtured my life, exposing me to the profound principles and ethos I uphold and pass on to my daughter today. Through my seven great years boarding at School House Boys and Combe House, they taught me to be compassionate and stand up and fight for others who needed my support. They always reminded me to work hard – and that excellence is the manifest of talent won through practice and learning. In leadership, they taught me to let my head rule the heart and allow my heart to win the affection of others.

Only with the benefit of hindsight, can I come to appreciate why Mr. Bateman taught and embraced us in ways that he did. For me he was a pivotal role model who championed real learning and critical thinking in innovative ways, from constructive competition to sports, chess, analysis of advertorials and even gardening. As for Mrs. Bateman, she is the sweetest, kindest and receptive woman a man can come across. Her love for life and beautiful smile always lit up any room (even the Old Library!) A truly brilliant musician and a ray of light in both winter and summer at Sidcot. Above all, the Batemans instilled in me the value of life and character. Their representation shall always stand the test of time, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you and love you both very much.

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