Family, staff and students have gathered to pay their respects to Wales High School cleaner Carol Banks who passed away a year ago.
Carol worked at the school for 23 years and was loved throughout the community.
Her husband and family helped with the planting of a tree in the school grounds alongside a new memorial bench.
School Chaplin Dave Taylor read a eulogy:
“Carol had two loves in her life, her family and school. She’d arrive at school for an early morning shift at around 5.45 in the morning and did the school proud, all she did she did well. I suppose she had two families. One at home that she loved and cherished and secondly her school family. The tree we’ve planted is a cherry blossom. In the spring it will provide beautiful colour, those flowers and leaves also provide food for insects, the cherries provide food for animals, the cherry tree is a provider – much like Carol. She provided for her family and gave 23 years loyal service to Wales High School. So when we sit on the seat and look at the cherry tree we’ll remember the role Carol played providing for both school and her family.”
Head teacher Pepe Di’Iasio also paid tribute:
“Carol worked at the school for 23 years and was a well respected and much loved member of the school and our local community. We wanted to pay our respects and remember the work Carol carried out here for over two decades. It seemed fitting to keep a permanent tribute to her within the school grounds so family, friends and colleagues could pay their respects and remember the times they spent with her.”
Money for the memorial has been raised by Carol’s former colleagues through donations and fundraising.