Sunday, 10 February 2019

Sad News

As many of you will be aware this week has been a sad week for the school.  We have lost someone who was very important to our school community.

Below I have copied the letter that I sent home to parents and the press release that I shared following the tragedy.

Letter to Parents 

It is with great sadness that I write to you to inform you of the passing a of a valued member of the Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan team, Mrs Stephanie Brettle.

Mrs Brettle has been an English teacher at the school since 2001 and has always brought joy and enthusiasm to her subject.  She has taught thousands of learners over the last 17 years and made a difference to many young people’s lives. She always took her responsibility as a teacher seriously whilst ensuring that the learners had fun. The whole school community is saddened by her passing. 

I have met with each year group today to share the sad news with them.  We have extra support in school in the form of trained counselors to support learners and staff through this difficult period. We will also be sharing our memories of Mrs Brettle through a series of condolence books during the next couple of weeks. 

Our thoughts are with the family of Mrs Brettle at this sad time and we appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Press Release

The whole school community is saddened by the loss of Stephanie Brettle.

Stephanie has been a teacher at the school since 2001 and throughout her time at the school she has approached everything with absolute commitment.  She was a fantastic English teacher who cared passionately about the way every single young person in her class progressed.  She was always willing to go the extra mile and learners loved her for it.

The thoughts of our whole school community are with her family at this very sad time. 

Final Note

I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch with myself or the school to offer their support.  Your kindness has supported us all.


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  2. I am so proud to be able to say that she used to be my form tutor until 2012. My message to everyone at Emrys is to remember that everything Mrs Brettle did during her life, she did because she wanted to see young lives succeed and be happy. So by being successful (or at least trying to be successful!), you will be fulfilling her wishes and continuing her legacy. She'll never truly be gone as long for as those who are loyal to her exist. She will live on through the ripples that you all send out into the world. Please spread love and joy, and serve others just like she did. I'm just as absolutely heartbroken and devastated as you all are. When I first heard the news, I didn't believe it. I thought it was a hoax! I'd rather it had been anyone else but her. It still hasn't fully sunk in yet. I didn't get to say goodbye to her properly. This is proof that it's always the best who have to go. RIP Mrs Brettle. You will always, always be loved.