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Students' tribute to teacher Lynne
PUPILS and staff at a school will pay tribute to a 'much loved and much missed' teacher by dressing up to raise money for a permanent memorial.
There will be plenty of Harry Potters and James Bonds at Chiltern Hills Academy, in Chartridge Lane, Chesham, today (Friday) when pupils and staff dress up as their favourite character from fiction in memory of teacher Lynne Wright, who died from cancer at the age of 63, on December 18 last year.
The event, organised by the student charity commission, will raise money to establish a plaque-style permanent memorial to Mrs Wright in the school, as well as raising money for the family's chosen charity - Children With Cancer, based at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Her husband, Ian Wright, has been touched by the event in memory of his wife.
He said: "Any amount that they raise will be wonderful. It just amazes me to know this is happening, I'm really not aware of anything like this being done before. I'm totally bowled over by it.
"I have no idea what they have in mind [for the memorial] but it'll be something we'll be hugely proud of.
"I'm just really delighted to hear this is going to be done for her."
Mrs Wright, a mother-of-three and grandmother-of-two who lived in The Warren, was a teacher of English and drama and was the director of performing arts at the school before her semi-retirement in 2008.
Since that time she continued to work with the academy supporting GCSE English and drama students in preparation for their examinations and course work.
She started teaching at the school about 37 years ago.
Mr Wright added: "She very much enjoyed teaching. A number of former pupils contacted us saying how inspirational Lynne has been to them, it was phenomenal.
"She was the sort of teacher who recognised in people talent that they very often didn't recognise themselves. She encouraged many to do things they thought was beyond their abilities."
Principal Kevin Patrick said: "Lynne Wright was a wonderful person; she had a passion for the performing arts and was an outstanding teacher of English.
"Many generations of students benefitted from her expertise and amazing commitment to teaching."
See next week's Buckinghamshire Examiner for pictures from the tribute day and more fond memories of Lynne Wright
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