St Peter's 13-18
Nona Blenkin, former Housemistress of Dronfield, died 13 March 2017.
Upon Nona's retirement from St Peter's in 1994, Housemaster of Dronfield, Peter Taylor, wrote the following in the Senior Common Room bulletin:
Nona Blenkin originally joined St Peter's as Warden of Alcuin; at that time, the hostel for the sixth form boarding girls. This was a challenging post: in fact, it amounted to being an assistant to all four of the boarding Housemasters to whose Houses the girls were attached. As one of the four, I can testify to the care and considerable degree of tact which Nona demonstrated during those years.
Following the introduction of full co-education in 1987, Nona was appointed Resident Assistant Housemistress of Dronfield, the newly designed girls' boarding house. It was in this role that I was able to observe and appreciate Nona's caring and understanding approach. She played an important part in the success of the house during her six years in residence and will be remembered with affection by the girls in her care. It was also while she was in Dronfield that Nona was able to put her considerable cookery skills to good use during her popular cookery classes. In addition to her responsibilities in Dronfield, for a number of years Nona organised the School's Community Service programme.
Outside School, among other interests, Nona enjoys walking and painting. There will be few idle moments in what we all hope will be a long and happy retirement.