Obituary: Peter Harvey, Geography Teacher

Mike Webb has got in touch with the sad news that Peter Harvey passed away on 26th March. He was Head of Geography at the school and he ran the First Eleven soccer for a number of years. He was a very fine classroom teacher who got the best out of his students – especially if they drew Liverpool football badges for homework!

He was 93 but still played golf on his own golf course several times a week. In retirement he gained two further degrees and worked for Citizen’s Advice for a number of years.

7 thoughts on “Obituary: Peter Harvey, Geography Teacher

  1. Just seen the news on Pete Harvey. Very sad indeed. Remember him well taking us to Squash matches at West Hants. Used to drive the minibus without a seat belt and with the sliding door open. I recall he nearly fell out once as he went rather too fast round a bend. lovely man

    Glad Mike Webb is still going well. Not on Twitter myself or Facebook but do pass on my best to him if you have the opportunity

    Tim Farmer

  2. While I was in the lower school around 1983, Mr. Harvey got wind that a few of us in the school were county standard squash players, so he seized this opportunity to arrange a match with Canford. I was the young one in the team, comprised mostly of 6th Formers, so a bit intimidated by the experience, but we dutifully taught Canford how to play squash on their own courts and consumed a great tea and sandwiches afterwards. From that day, Mr. Harvey would always give me a nod and a smile as I saw him around the school, although I was never taught by him. Nice guy.

  3. I remember being taught Geography by Peter when in the first year at BS. He would put a paragraph of text on the blackboard and leave out key words. After the teaching, if you could read the whole of the text and fill in the missing words correctly, he would often award you a 50 pence piece! I can’t remember many words but do recall the ‘canopy’ layer and the ‘Baobab’ tree.

  4. Pete Harvey was a fine teacher, inspiring many pupils. I will for ever remember his sense of fun, love of football and I am pleased to hear that he had a full and rewarding retirement.

  5. He was my form and geography teacher. Had a real way of engaging with pupils and made the subject interesting. One or 2 chats with him when I had slipped up kept me on the right path. Bournemouth School legend.

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