It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we deliver the following message. Mr Cornelius Barnard sadly passed away, on the 9th of August 2019. He came to Brettonwood High School as a student teacher and proved himself as an asset that when he qualified he returned in 2009 as a full-time English educator. His enthusiasm and passion for the profession knew no bounds.

He was an example to every learner he came in contact with and made an impact on everyone’s lives, staff and learners alike. He was the champion of the ‘underdog’ and would always try and find ways to assist, help and encourage learners to do their best, strive for excellence and make the best of the opportunities given to them.

Throughout the years Mr Barnard played a vital role in shaping learners not just inside the classroom, but outside, on the Rugby field as well as coaching Debating. His love for Martial Arts was inspiring, and everyone knew it, so much so that he began teaching it as an extra-mural activity in 2017. He took over the Drama department at the end of the same year and brought out the best in those learners.

Sun Tzu, Chinese philosopher and author of one of his favourite novels ‘The Art of War’ states ” a good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame”. And this is true of Mr Barnard, he sought to empower the youth and all he came in contact with and did so with a generous heart and overwhelming respect.

In 2018 his passion for teaching took him to Taiwan, where he was able to fully live out his dream of honing in his martial art skills as well as teach English to young children.

Mr Barnard’s zest for life, boisterous mannerisms, inspirational speeches, infectious laugh and smile will always remain a part of our school. He will be missed. The management, staff and learners wish to convey our sincere, deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family. Rest in peace dear colleague, friend and teacher.

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