School remembers teacher killed in crash

Students at Clifford Park Special School release balloons in memory of teacher Holly Parsons. Photo Nick Houghton / The Chronicle
Students at Clifford Park Special School release balloons in memory of teacher Holly Parsons. Photo Nick Houghton / The Chronicle

STUDENTS and teaching staff at Clifford Park Special School yesterday remembered former staff member Holly Parsons during a memorial service.

More than 100 people were in attendance as the school paid tribute to the much loved teacher who died after the ute she was driving crashed into a tree near Clifton last month.

The teacher and SES volunteer had worked at the school for 15 years since first starting as a teacher's aide in 1999.

Clifford Park Special School principal Andrew Hawke said Ms Parsons was a popular member of the school community and was highly valued by both staff and students.

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"Holly was an exceptional and highly valued teacher who has touched the lives of everyone in our school," Mr Hawke said.

"She always aimed to do her best with everyone she worked with. These efforts helped create numerous positive outcomes with her students, improving both their knowledge and literacy skills.

"Our school community are deeply saddened by the tragic loss."

The principal said the school would honour Ms Parson's legacy with a new memorial award.

"The Holly Parsons Citizenship Award recognises the work Holly has done in our school community as well as encouraging students to be good citizens like her," he said.

"After speaking with Holly's family we decided this was the best way to celebrate her contributions to the school and the community."

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Mr Hawke said Ms Parson's father Tony Parsons thanked the school for their support.

"Tony has asked me to pass on his thanks to our staff for their support of Holly's family during such a difficult time," he said.

"The work done by staff to prepare and deliver food to the family was a great assistance and will not be forgotten.

"Our school has been overwhelmed the messages of support. Holly will be sadly missed."



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