Tributes as Newport head teacher, Sue Jenkins, dies after 'long and brave' cancer battle

South Wales Argus: TRIBUTES: Sue Jenkins, head teacher of St Josephs High School in Newport TRIBUTES: Sue Jenkins, head teacher of St Josephs High School in Newport

HERE are some of the tributes being paid to Sue Jenkins today:

 

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

UPDATE: 1.23pm

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.”

 

UPDATE: 10.0am

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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11:09am Mon 12 May 14

IeuanTheLion says...

Our Sincere Condolences go to the Family, Staff and Pupils of St Joseph's RC School for the very sad news of the the passing of Head Teacher Mrs Jenkins. May God Bless You All.
Our Sincere Condolences go to the Family, Staff and Pupils of St Joseph's RC School for the very sad news of the the passing of Head Teacher Mrs Jenkins. May God Bless You All. IeuanTheLion
  • Score: 32

12:02pm Mon 12 May 14

liz leach9 says...

My thoughts are with her family at this time, she taught me and my children.One is still in that school, the school will be a poorer place for losing her x rest in peace Mrs Jenkins
My thoughts are with her family at this time, she taught me and my children.One is still in that school, the school will be a poorer place for losing her x rest in peace Mrs Jenkins liz leach9
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1:51pm Mon 12 May 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

An example to us all. R.I.P. Miss Jenkins.
An example to us all. R.I.P. Miss Jenkins. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Mon 12 May 14

Debbie Wilcox says...

This is really sad news for those of us who knew Sue Jenkins in a professional or personal capacity. She bravely bore this terrible illness at the end of a long and distinguished career in education. She shone a beautiful light on everyone who came into contact with her and especially for the thousands of young people who had the good fortune to be under her guidance. God bless you Sue for everything that you did and the world is indeed a poorer place without you. Sincere condolences to the family and to the wider family at St Joseph's High School.
This is really sad news for those of us who knew Sue Jenkins in a professional or personal capacity. She bravely bore this terrible illness at the end of a long and distinguished career in education. She shone a beautiful light on everyone who came into contact with her and especially for the thousands of young people who had the good fortune to be under her guidance. God bless you Sue for everything that you did and the world is indeed a poorer place without you. Sincere condolences to the family and to the wider family at St Joseph's High School. Debbie Wilcox
  • Score: 17

4:01pm Mon 12 May 14

Vauxfiat says...

So sad to hear the news of Miss Jenkins' passing. She fought the illness with dignity and courage. Our thoughts and Prayers go to all affected.

The School will now be protected by her Spirit
RIP Miss Jenkins
So sad to hear the news of Miss Jenkins' passing. She fought the illness with dignity and courage. Our thoughts and Prayers go to all affected. The School will now be protected by her Spirit RIP Miss Jenkins Vauxfiat
  • Score: 9

4:28pm Mon 12 May 14

jess11992 says...

With deepest sympathy always in our thoughts you will be sadly missed miss jenkins you were an amazing head teacher. From Victoria, Rebecca, Jessica & Emily Channing x
With deepest sympathy always in our thoughts you will be sadly missed miss jenkins you were an amazing head teacher. From Victoria, Rebecca, Jessica & Emily Channing x jess11992
  • Score: 8

8:17pm Mon 12 May 14

Dr.Khan says...

Saddened to know about the untimely demise of Miss Jenkins. A truely remarkable lady who contributed a lot to the welfare of the school. My children studied at St. josephs and I know how much interest she would take in her pupils. It is a great loss to the school and she will be missed by one and all.
May she rest in peace .
Condolences to the family
Dr. Syed Farhat
Saddened to know about the untimely demise of Miss Jenkins. A truely remarkable lady who contributed a lot to the welfare of the school. My children studied at St. josephs and I know how much interest she would take in her pupils. It is a great loss to the school and she will be missed by one and all. May she rest in peace . Condolences to the family Dr. Syed Farhat Dr.Khan
  • Score: 5

10:43am Tue 13 May 14

Daisydoolally says...

RIP Mrs Jenkins, An amazing woman. ST Joes wont be the same without you. Thoughts go to your Family and friends. ****
RIP Mrs Jenkins, An amazing woman. ST Joes wont be the same without you. Thoughts go to your Family and friends. **** Daisydoolally
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