On the 17th of October I shared the following on Facebook:

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On Friday I shared the following reading from the Gospel of Matthew, which was prayer at our school assembly that morning. 

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 

It struck many of us there, how much the organising teacher embodied that message. Such a kind, generous, hardworking woman, who always had time to for others. Someone who I don’t think I had a conversation with where she didn’t make me laugh, or where I didn’t walk away feeling a little bit good about myself. I have been so privileged to have such a special person as part of my amazing team this year.

Today, I still cannot fathom how someone so full of light, and love, and life could have been taken from us so abruptly. My heart just breaks for her beautiful family, and I am so sad for our students to have lost such a wonderful role-model, who always guided by example. Our St Pat’s family is devastated. But I am so proud of how supportive and caring everyone has been, as we slowly pick up the pieces. We are truly blessed to have one another, and to have had Chris in our lives. 

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A month on, and the grieving process continues. Our workplace has been an amazingly supportive place to be. Leadership down, but also person to person. We take in turns looking after each other. Our parent community check in on us. Our students are so strong and gentle and caring and special. We have officially mourned her passing and celebrated her life, and now we go on, each day getting easier, or smacking down on us hard, but continuing on.

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