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School’s touching memorial to ‘absolutely passionate’ primary teacher

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Original article from Kent Live

The death of a well-loved teacher has been marked with a permanent tribute on school grounds.

Nora Veysey was a teacher at Horsmonden School, now Horsmonden Primary Academy, near Tonbridge, and retired in 1990.

She died on January 6 last year, shortly before the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nora's legacy however is set to become a permanent fixture at the school she spent so many years teaching at.

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Her daughter Paula Veysey-Smith set up a fund to donate money to the school, which she and her two sons also attended, as a way of remembering her late mother's contribution.

The money has been used to purchase buddy benches, which Paula describes as "places that any child can go to if they are feeling alone or left out in the playground so other children will come and chat with them."

The Buddy Benches are an effort to help kids who feel left out in the playground, and were funded by donations in Nora's name

Speaking to Paula about the mark her mother made on the school and the local community, it was clear that this was a fitting tribute to Nora.

"I'm going to have quite a biased opinion because she was my mum," Paula joked.

"She was quite an incredible character – she achieved a great deal with what she did, she was absolutely passionate about the children that she taught.

"Years after she retired, grown up pupils would knock at the door and present her with flowers, saying 'this is a thank you for everything you did for me.'"

Paula added that, for Nora, teaching wasn't just about being in the classroom and running through the curriculum.

"She ran the netball club for the school and she took the children every Thursday night for swimming lessons," Paula explained.

"She just tirelessly worked to give the children as many experiences as she could."

The buddy benches bear thanks to Nora, a woman described as having a "calling" to teach by her daughter.

Though the delivery of the benches was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are now in place, and Paula said, "mum would be incredibly honoured by having her name on them."

Nora, alongside her two grandsons, both of whom also went to Horsmonden.

Paula's sons, aged 22 and 18, attended Horsmonden as children and she described the family's involvement with the school fondly.

She said: "To see them go through the school themselves was a real privilege to feel that sense of history, especially for our family."

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