Tributes as Newport head teacher, Sue Jenkins, dies after 'long and brave' cancer battle
Updated 5:03pm Monday 12th May 2014 in News
HERE are some of the tributes being paid to Sue Jenkins today:
R.I.P Sue Jenkins ❤️— KIRSTY RUSSELL (@Kirsty_Russell7) May 12, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to everyone at St Joseph's RC High School, Newport following the news that headteacher, Sue Jenkins has passed away— Mary Immaculate (@Mary_1mmaculate) May 12, 2014
Rest In Peace Sue Jenkins, our lovely head teacher, you will be dearly missed! Such a lovely lady, who has gone way before her time 😭💖— Abigail Jarvis! (@omfgabbi) May 12, 2014
Our thoughts are with Mrs Sue Jenkins family, the staff and students of St.Joseph's High School!— Mr Owen (@MrOwen_StJ) May 12, 2014
R.I.P. Sue Jenkins. 🙏 Tragic news!— Joseph Buckley (@JosephBuckley93) May 12, 2014
Sue Jenkins #RIP Terrible loss to Welsh and faith education. A great leader who we will all miss— Marc Belli (@marc_be11i) May 12, 2014
As a former pupil, very sad to hear of the death of Sue Jenkins after cancer battle- a brilliant teacher http://t.co/oFkBmR5cu7— Laura Lea (@ArgusLLea) May 12, 2014
Heartbreaking news about Miss Jenkins. What an amazing woman, RIP 💞— kait (@kaitlin_rees) May 12, 2014
I really hope Miss Jenkins was aware of the respect and thanks all of the past and present pupils had for her
— Conor. (@qmconor) May 12, 2014
RIP Miss Jenkins, phenomenal head teacher who made our school one of the best in Wales, you did a brilliant job and will be missed— Richard Brunnock (@RichardBrunnock) May 12, 2014
Allt-yr-Yn Tory councillor David Fouweather, who is a governor at the school and who has a son there, told the Argus: “I’m saddened to hear the death of Sue Jenkins. She was an inspirational head teacher at St Josephs and will be greatly missed by staff, pupils and parents.”
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Newport head teacher who has died after a "long and brave" fight against cancer.
Sue Jenkins, head teacher of St Josephs High School for over 20 years died this morning.
Acting headteacher Trevor Brown said: “It is with deepest regret and enormous sadness that we have said a final goodbye to our Headteacher, Miss Sue Jenkins. She passed away this morning after a long and brave fight against cancer.
“Miss Jenkins was an exemplary and highly respected leader who worked tirelessly to get the best from everyone. Her selfless approach and commitment to both staff and students was an inspiration.
"She took an interest in every student, knowing and caring for them as individuals and was a genuine role model for both staff and students in her tenacious approach to teaching and learning."
He added Miss Jenkins began her career at St Joseph's High School as Deputy Headteacher in January 1992 and became Headteacher in April 1997. During that time the school has become sector leading being awarded seven grade 1's in all of the Estyn key questions in Spring 2007; a grading that was supported by the Section 50 inspection which looked at Catholic life in the School.
This outstanding achievement was further supported in January 2013 when Estyn inspectors judged the school's overall current performance and it's prospects for improvement to be "Excellent" - the highest overall gradings a school can receive.
Paul Bennett, Chair of Governors said "Miss Jenkins was an inspirational Headteacher whose selfless inner drive was always to do the very best for her students and the community she served and we are all very grateful and deeply indebted to her and will miss her greatly".
Miss Jenkins was awarded an OBE for her "extraordinary services to education", receiving her award in June last year from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
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