Remembering Dot Barden
Our fantastic former teacher Dot Barden was given a fitting send-off by the Sackville community on Thursday 6th February. To describe her is a ‘former teacher’ does not begin to do justice to her part in the lives of so many students, colleagues and friends, so many of whom were present to celebrate her extraordinary life.
Many were seeing each other for the first time in years, and the old school canteen was once again alive with their memories of their time at Sackville and just what Dot had meant to them.
Dot’s son Calvin read a moving Eulogy. This was followed by an appreciation of her grandmother by Letty, Dot’s eldest grandchild. In both of these speeches the energy and subversive humour of Dot came to fore, making it all the more clear how important she was to everyone who knew her, and just how much she will be missed.
A highlight of the evening was the reading of one of Dot’s own poems by another grand-daughter, Cerys, who is in year 8 at Sackville.
All-in-all a fitting tribute to one who will never be forgotten.