Sad­ness has over­shad­owed re­sults day

Bangor Mail - - NOSTALGIA -

YS­GOL Fri­ars head­teacher Neil Fo­den said some young­sters were in tears as they came to get their GCSE re­sults last week, re­turn­ing to the school for the first time since the sud­den and tragic death of Gareth Parry.

Mr Fo­den (pic­tured in­set), who is god­fa­ther to six-year-old Jac and 21-month-old Beth, de­scribed Mr Parry as his clos­est friend.

Mr Fo­den said: “It’s been a strange day be­cause this is the day that’s nor­mally one of the e hap­pi­est days in chil­dren’s lives.

“The staff are all here to greet the pupils, there will be lots of us cel­e­brat­ing the pupil’s suc­cesses but it’s ob­vi­ously not the same at all be­cause so many peo­ple will re­alise that it’s the first time that we’ve had one of these re­sults days with­out Gareth be­ing present.

“He was a tremen­dous deputy head teacher. Prob­a­bly one of the best teach­ers we’ve ever had.

“He’s made a huge im­pact on lots of chil­dren’s lives.

“So while we’re re­ally happy for the chil­dren, it’s all tinged with sad­ness for the fact that he’s not here.

“Gareth was proud of the pupils and im­mensely proud of the school. It would’ve been one of the days of the year that he would’ve en­joyed most.”

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