Lisburn school community devastated by teachers death

Lisburn school community devastated by teacher\s death

Tributes pour in after sudden death of popular NI teacher

Ms. Flynns family is from Ballymena and she will be laid to rest in the local cemetery tomorrow [Friday].

“It is with sadness we have to announce the death of one of our serving members of staff, Ms Caroline Flynn,” wrote Laurelhill Community College on social media.

“Thinking of Ms Flynn’s family and friends, work colleagues and pupils she has taught at this very sad time,” she said.

“Totally shocked when I heard the news yesterday. Such a talented teacher who was so enthusiastic about her subject and the children she taught. I had the pleasure of learning Spanish from her between 98-03. Some of the best memories from school are from her class.”

“So sad to hear this – She joined the first year that I started at Laurelhill as a 1st year pupil and was my form teacher. She was an excellent teacher and mentor.”

Ms. Flynns funeral service will take place in Henry’s Funeral Parlour, 100 Broughshane Street, Ballymena, BT43 6EE on Friday 26th inst. at 1pm; interment afterwards Ballymena cemetery.

The sudden death of a Co Antrim teacher on Tuesday has sent shockwaves through Laurelhill Community College, the chairman of its board of governors has said.

Staff and pupils at the Lisburn school are mourning the passing of Caroline Flynn (50) who taught there for more than 25 years. Ms Flynn taught French and Spanish.

The school said: “It is with sadness we have to announce the death of one of our serving members of staff, Ms Caroline Flynn. Ms Flynn was a valued member of staff for over 25 years. We are deeply saddened by her passing.”

The schools annual celebration of success evening, due to take place tonight, has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

DUP councillor Jonathan Craig – who chairs the board of governors – admitted the school has been “deeply shocked” at the death of Ms Flynn. He added: “The sudden death of Caroline has sent shockwaves throughout the school. The loss of such a popular and skilled teacher in the prime of her life is just devastating.”

A colleague who remembered Ms Flynn from school days expressed her sadness on social media last night: “So shocked and saddened to read this news. I went to Ballymena Academy with Caroline, then taught with her at Laurelhill for 20 years.

“Such a lovely teacher. Was a privilege to be taught by her and for my daughter to have her for only a couple of weeks before she went off sick. Will be missed,” one student wrote.

Another added: “Really sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with her family. She will be deeply missed by staff and students.”

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