The Pembroke Bear Making Programme was the initiative of Campbell Whalley. Campbell realised there was need in the School’s curriculum to provide opportunities for service to the community. Established in 1987, he decided to make bears as his contribution. As he did not know how to do this, he found a place where he could learn. Soon after students became engaged in this worthy process. The activity expanded with many students taking an active interest in after school groups. Campbell was in charge of the programme from its inception in 1987 until 1999 when he retired as a teacher from the school. Many staff and countless students were involved under the guidance and inspirational leadership of Campbell Whalley.
Robert Lang became interested in the late 1990’s, realising there was an opportunity for service to the community and appreciating the value of the bear programme. He assumed the leadership from 2000 until his retirement in 2013. Many staff showed interest and commitment in the programme throughout this time, and many students committed their time and energy too.
Cathy Newgrain has generously taken the mantle as the leader of the programme in 2014. Cathy has a heart of gold and has been generous with her time. She is a skilled machinist and displays much enthusiasm and energy for the programme and the many students who offer their time and commitment.