Janice Chapman

Janice Chapman was born on the 27th Of February 1958, and in her early years attended Wilton Primary School, where she was Head Girl in 1969/1970. She went on to attend Hawick High School from 1970 to 1975. At High School her favourite subjects were Art, PE and Biology, and Janice’s favourite teacher was an Art teacher called Mrs Ritchie. At high school her friends were Shirley Moxey, Ann Ingles, Angela Stitt, Karen Guy, Mag Tait, Susan Rae and many more! In High school her ambition was to become a teacher, which she stuck by! Janice went to Callendar Park College of Education in Falkirk, to do Teacher Training, and her first job was at Wester Langlee Primary School in Galashiels.

Currently she is working as the Head Teacher at Burnfoot Community School. When asked how challenging is it to teach in an area which the statistics suggest is a difficult one she replied with €œVery demanding, both physically and emotionally, you either love it or hate it. Thankfully I love it and always have€. She is presently working on the Vision 2014 project, which she founded, along with Kate Houston, who came up with the idea originally.  Initially the plan was to come up with something significant to mark he London 2012 Olympics. From there they started adding events and occasions until they got to where they are now. Their first pupil conference was held in May 2008, which was designed to get pupils thinking about ideas to start the project. Since then the project has delivered the very successful 2011 Year of Arts and Culture, 2012 Year of Sport and 2013 Year of Industry and  the project will culminate with the 2014 Year of Heritage to help commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Hawick callants capturing of the Banner Blue at Hornshole.

In what little free time she has, she enjoys reading mystery and crime novels, holidays abroad in the sun, visiting New York, eating out, drinking nice wine, and supporting her husband David Chapman, member of the band Scocha  by selling the band’s merchandise at theirevents and also online. Janice also tries to attend the gym as regularly as possible.

By Emily Lockie