Remembering Verona McShane at Cockburn John Charles Academy

Cockburn John Charles Academy held a week-long celebration in memory of teacher, friend and colleague Verona McShane who passed away on 25 November 2020.

The student council, alongside Verona’s family have been instrumental in establishing a charity, The Verona McShane Foundation, to support families in the Leeds area who may be facing hardship or poverty.

The week was marked by students and staff wearing a green ribbon as a symbol of the foundation, alongside whole school assemblies and a range of fundraising activities, including a dance-athon, bake sale, name the teddy bear and a prize tombola.

Siobhan Roberts, Head of School, said:

“Our student council were very keen in wanting to establish a yearly celebration to remember Ms McShane, and Friday 25 November will forever be ‘Verona Day.’

“It is a testament to the impact our very much missed colleague and friend had on the South Leeds community that our students were determined to establish the charitable foundation to continue her legacy of supporting all students.

“On Friday 25 November, we held an event officially opening our recently extended dining area, ‘Café Verona’ where Cockburn John Charles students performed a selection of songs and poetry readings. This fantastic space now enables all students to dine and socialise together at the same.”


This post is based on a press release issued by Cockburn John Charles Academy


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