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Memorial Service Tribute Video

24 April 2015

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Beautiful, Fiesty Mrs Jayde Panayiotou

A life well lived...

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   oh ma'am I really miss you so much you were always there for me when I needed someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on.

we might not be able to see you but I bet you can see us. I hope you like the balloons we sent you they say they are your favourite colours. did you get the letters we stapled to them? every now and then I light your candle and watch it burn I put my hand over it and feel the warmth it reminds how you always used to say your prefab was a tanning bed that's how hot it was.

I miss your smile, laugh and sweet, selfless personality.

RIP Mrs Panayiotou    
cameron jackson grade 7 of 2015
December 04, 2015 01:30:43 PM
Admin -
December 04, 2015 02:06:17 PM
What a beautiful tribute to your teacher, Cameron. There is one proud angel in heaven smiling down on you and so pleased to see your writing talent and your appreciation of valuable people. Thank you for contributing this lovely, touching and sweet tribute.
   My deepest condolences to Jayde's family, friends, colleagues, learners and ex-leaners.

I never knew Jayde, but every single post I have read about her tells a story of a beautiful, happy, feisty, compasionate, loving, caring, strong lady. That is exactly what is portrayed in all the photo's of her. She was always smiling.

My heart goes out to everyone that knew her.

Our Heavenly Father has his own agenda with our lives and though we are left with all the questions, He always knows best.

Stars are openings in Heaven
Where the Love of our Lost Ones
Shines down upon us
To let us know they're happy.

May you find peace and solace in time to come.

Jayde, if you're looking down on this earth, please ask God to keep his hand over everyone left behind.

In your short lifetime you touched many people.

God bless you

R.I.P. Jayde (Smiling Angel)

   
Amelia Olivier (Durban)
May 13, 2015 02:59:36 PM
   We'll miss u Mrs panayiotou   
Emily
April 30, 2015 11:56:44 PM
   Ons innige simpatie vir die Famillie met die afsterwe van Jayde Panayiotou. Mag ons liewe Vader julle styf vashou in sy hande en die seer verlig met tyd. Ons harte gaan ook uit na die Kindertjies wat hul Juffrou verloor het en mag God se liefde vir almal berusting in hulle harte bring. Met liefde van Midrand Afrikaanse Akademie, Hervormde en Gerefomeerde Gemeentes in Midrand.   
Midrand Afrikaanse Akademie
April 27, 2015 10:02:07 AM
   24/04/2015

Dearest Jayde, our friend, our sister,

Last night for the first time since this nightmare started we laughed and smiled, as we all sat sharing memories of you from our 23 years of friendship.
From the very first day of school in Grade 1, all the way up until Matric and many years after, we were together, and boy did we have some amazing times together. You were so loved Jayde, by absolutely everyone who knew you.

A few of us wrote personal messages to you, which I have shared:

A message from Cheyyann Barton, nee Richter:

Jayde,
As we say our final “see you laters” I am comforted by the fact that you are seated by our fathers feet, overwhelmed by his absolute glory! For us you have left too soon to meet your maker, for him he is gaining his child in paradise! The ultimate reward in life is yours, as hard as it is for us left here. As you look down I pray that you will see what has come from this, the legend you are leaving behind! You have marked the turn around in society and united many! You will always make a difference! 22 years of friendship leaves me with beautiful memories that I will cherish forever! As the scooter gang we rocked Uitenhage! As our hearts are sore, may you find your rest easy in the love of our father. You will always be loved Jayde! Rest in peace my beautiful friend. You are leaving behind a legacy!

Kerry Lawson, nee Meiting:
Jayde, you could always light up a room with your beautiful smile. Now, as you rest in peace, your smile will continue to light up so many hearts! Gone far too soon, but never forgotten! The world now knows what we have for years, there is no one else as kind, caring, compassionate or as special and precious as you are. God picks the prettiest flowers first. Till we see you again precious Jayde.

Many Jubber, nee Botha:
Jayde, hope heaven is as beautiful as I have always imagined. God surely gained a beautiful soul. We miss you. Sooo many people miss you. We are thinking about you all the time. I know you are looking down on us and thinking the same. Man, I am writing this with tears running down my face! Yes, we might not have stayed in contact after school, but please know this, you will always be my friend. Since the day I met you when we were 5 years old. Shine bright.

Melissa Viljoen, nee Armstrong:
Jayde, today we have lost a beautiful soul and a truly amazing friend. We love you so much and miss you and we will always keep you alive in our memories and thoughts. Today we are smiling as we remember what an amazing friend you are. Your smile could lighten up anybody’s day! You have touched millions and God has picked his best flower to join him in heaven. He has the most prized possession with him today as Jayde you are an angel! I will miss you my dear friend.

Nicole Dickinson, nee Rothman:
Jayde, no words can describe just how amazing you were! Words like strong, beautiful, compassionate, caring, loving and feisty come to mind. We are so much richer for having had you as our friend for these past 23 years, and will always treasure every single memory we have of you! I think we can all agree that you had a profound impact on each and every one of our lives, and I promise that no one will ever forget just how special you were! I know you hated saying goodbye, so I will rather say “see you later.” Sleep sweet my darling friend, and soar high with the angels in heaven.



Jayde, we will never ever forget you. We will remember you always, and carry your love with us wherever we go.

To the pupils of Riebeek College, the staff, her friends and family, we share in your pain and grief. We are thinking of each and every one of you, praying for comfort during this indescribably painful time.

Melissa shared a short poem with us, which are just the perfect words at this time:

An Eternal Memory
Until we meet again:

Those special memories of you
Will always bring a smile
If only I could have you back
For just a little while
Then we could sit and talk again
Just like we used to do
You always meant so very much
And always will do too
The fact that you’re no longer here
Will always cause me pain
But you’ve forever in my heart
Until we meet again

May your amazing soul rest in peace our friend, our sister.
We love you

With much love from

Kerry Lawson, Nicole Dickinson, Melissa Viljoen, Kerry-Leigh Connachan, Mariette Claasen, Jennifer Cuyler Cohen, Kelly Swift, Candra Neilson, Mandy Jubber, Candra Nielson, Tara Griffiths
Class of 2003
   
Admin - Class of 2003
April 25, 2015 01:09:39 PM
   Yolanda Mni, Headgirl of Riebeek, pays tribute to Mrs Panayiotou at the memorial service of 25/4: We gathered here today to celebrate the life of Mrs Panayiotou and everything that she stood for. Everyone knew her as an unbelievable woman who dedicated her life to her passions, which were people and animals. Her generous , gentle and brave nature was, and will always be, an inspiration to us all. I am sure that everyone will agree that her beauty shone from the inside out and we know that what they say about dynamite coming in small packages was true of her. Integrity exploded out of Mrs Panayiotou. She was a perfect example of our 2015 school theme of walking in integrity. Two years ago she shared this poem with others:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die
   
Admin - Yolanda Mni
April 25, 2015 01:08:57 PM
   Some of our Riebeek staff recount their favourite Jayde moments: Miss Potgieter wrote this beautiful tribute:
“I think Jayde was a kindred spirit to many people”¦To me, she was the person who kept on reminding me of all the good in the world. Her dedication to causes and people were humbling and so sincere. Memories with Jayde that light up my face is when we shared our child-like moments. Sharing happy dances, jumping on the jumping castle together and tobogganing at full speed. She is not just a person to call 'friend', she shared herself with others and made you feel cared for. I will celebrate you my friend.” Mrs Stroebel remembers pizza and coke deliveries on Friday last lesson (delivered at the back gate to make sure they did “not get into trouble”. Mrs Viljoen loved Jayde’s laugh, how cheered up the staff all the time and Jayde pinching her nose to contain her laughter. Mrs T. Woods remembers her sitting in the staffroom putting her sunglasses on upside down and tying her hair up in a high pony and swinging her head around and around like a helicopter. Mrs Panayiotou taught her how to drive the older school bus and they rode around the block practicing gearing down and parking. Mrs Gunter pictures sitting in her chair in the staff room, saying pow pow pow and kicking her legs. She would bounce on her chair doing this whenever she got excited. Other staff members spoke of Jayde’s personality: feisty, enthusiastic, respectful, dependable, loyal, filled with integrity, strong, courageous, modest, highly capable but unassuming, lovely laughter, her #goodvibes, how if she did something then it would be done precisely, neatly and thoroughly, how she was not a moaner but a do-er. She has a lovely laugh. She had a fantastic manner with children - empathetic but firm and she instinctively knew when to be which of the two. She cared about people, principles and animals. She never shied away from hard work. She was the best kind of teacher because she is a role model. And, most of all, she is very much loved because she touched lives. Mrs T. Woods sums it up: “We, the staff, are all feeling devastated by the loss of Jayde. It was senseless. She was a gem of a friend. Someone always willing to go the extra mile for the people she loved. I think that heaven couldn't wait to see her.”
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Admin - From the Teachers
April 25, 2015 12:06:18 PM
   people won't remember
your pretty face
nor your pretty clothes
and the money you had.
they will remember
the melody in your laugh
and the way you loved
and the beauty of your heart
and the bravery of your spirit
and the kindness of your soul.
they won't remember what
you looked like
they won't remember what
you had.
they will remember you
and the words you told them
and the life you spoke to them
and the water you used
to bring to life the dead garden
in their souls
and they will remember the
sunshine in your smile
and the stars that
hid in your eyes.

RIP beautiful Jayde. Gone but never will you be forgotten

Matric class of 2003   
Sayword Tavita (nee Kayser)
April 25, 2015 08:22:28 AM
   Even though I didn´t know Jayde personally, I feel endlessly sad about what happened to our Riebeek sister. All the tributes of the staff, learners, friends and family just seam to confirm the impression I had of her just by seeing the regular posts on Facebook. I truely believe that she was a warm-hearted, open-minded, kind, helpful and lovable person. It would´ve been a great honour to have met her.

My sincere condolences go to the family, friends, staff and learners of Riebeek College. I pray to God that he may give you the strength to endure the difficult time which lays ahead of you. May loving memories of "Jayde" and the love of family surround you and give you strength, peace and comfort today and always.

RIP Jayde.

God Bless.

Heike Hellmann - Class of 1988

"Once a Riebeek Girl, ..... always a Riebeek Girl!"   
Heike Hellmann
April 25, 2015 01:07:41 AM
   This event deeply touched me. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, students and the staff of Riebeek College. Pamela (Grade 4-7: 1989-1992)   
Pamela Stander (neé Venter)
April 24, 2015 10:44:23 PM
   I attended this wonderful school from 1972 to 1978 before moving with my parents to East London to complete my last three years of schooling. I have many wonderful memories and am so deeply saddened that a wonderful teacher has been taken from the students and staff in such a senseless, tragic way. May Jayde rest peacefully with the Lord and may her family and friends be deeply comforted at this heartbreaking time.    
Tricia Hobson (Cannon)
April 24, 2015 08:37:23 PM
   it is with great sadness to share with the family and school my sadness of loosing the loved one and great person that we need most,she is so beautiful I'm deeply moved by this, we will always remember o smile   
Thotho
April 24, 2015 08:04:52 PM
   A sad day indeed for every South African as we are once again reminded of the senselessness and ruthlessness that surround as every day. Rest In Peace dear Jayde. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the community as we bid farewell to a unique person.    
Sanjeev and Varushka Kisunlal
April 24, 2015 07:44:19 PM
   Dear Mrs P.

Your amazing smile will always be remembered and I'll forever remember you hockey advice. Thank you for playing a role in my life. Heaven really couldn't wait for you to be home.
Roshni Johnson - class of 2010   
Roshni
April 24, 2015 06:55:26 PM
   My condolences to your school and especially the kids. This senseless act has brought so much sadness to your school but also to all South Africans. Maybe just maybe her last act on earth was to bring all people together to act against the violence and to bring a message of hope and peace to all. From the Malherbe family in Cape Town.    
Andre Malherbe
April 24, 2015 03:06:33 PM
   Beautiful and positive memories of Jayde will live on forever. I would like to offer my condolences to Jayde’s family, friends, colleagues and pupils. You are in my prayers. Riebeek College has always been more than just a school, but a family and this tragedy has affected the entire Riebeek family beyond words. May the precious memories of Jayde always be in the hearts of everyone she knew.
God Bless
Leandre Pietersen (nee Vermaak)
Matric Class of 2002    
Leandre Pietersen (nee Vermaak)
April 24, 2015 02:03:01 PM
   To Jayde's family, friends and staff and girls at Riebeek College

It is with great sadness and tears streaming down my face that I am writing this.

Just want to express my deepest condolences to the principal, teachers and learners of Riebeek College on the passing of our dearest teacher Jayde Panayiotou.

For every life has a purpose to fill, a purpose which us humans can seldom infer. But she was a gift from heaven, whose purpose was to make this world understand what love, friendship, goodness, and humbleness was all about. Goodness belongs to heaven, and I know she is watching us from there, bestowing her beautiful smile upon us. May her soul rest in peace. Life would never be the same without her presence and I know her absence will be greatly felt by her family, friends and the whole Riebeek College, including us as parents. Her infectious laughter and cheerful nature has always brought joy to everyone's lives and she had such a great impact on the lives of our girls.

We will continue to honour her memory and have you in all our prayers. You are not alone. We are with you and so is God.

The Bible conveys a message that death is not the end of life; it is only the body that perishes, the spirit can never die ... it continues to live. This thought brings a lot of comfort during the time of sorrow. When the heart weeps for the end of a dear one's life, the mind tells you that this is not the end, but a new beginning of the journey with God. Nonetheless, when grief over death, strikes us, it becomes difficult to be able to think rationally, especially when a loved one leaves us so suddenly at such a young age. May her soul RIP.

I leave you with this verse:

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." - John 5:24-26

Gone, but not forgotten. The memories live on. RIP sweet angel.

Monique Hansia
(Mother of Kay Hansia)   
Nicky
April 24, 2015 12:54:45 PM
   Never knew Jayde but from the pics and messages from everyone ,one can see she was loved by all.my heart felt condolences to the families of jayde,may her soul rest in peace as god onky knows why he takes his angels back.
Rest in peace jayde
Ex-Riebeek girl
Raziah Mohamed class if 2006   
Raziah Mohamed (Razberry)
April 24, 2015 12:15:57 PM
   Some how you touched my life and i dont even know you its just so sad that you would have to leave the earth in such a way. Condolences to the Family and as well as the school where you taught.

R Carelse
Western Cape   
Roger
April 24, 2015 10:35:55 AM
   My hart is seer vir haar familie, vriende en die kinders wie se lewens sy aangeraak het. Alhoewel ek haar nie geken het nie besef ek dat sy baie geliefd was onder almal en sy 'n mens was wat omgegee het vir ander en diere. Mag almal wat deur haar lewe aangeraak is deur ons Hemelse Vader vertroos word. My hart is seer saam met julle. RIP!   
Corne Muller
April 24, 2015 10:27:21 AM
   Many of us didn't know u but it just showes what a kind person u were touched many lives even when ur life was taken in this horrific way,even in death ur brought people together, RIP sweet angel and thank you for bringing our country together,i know u looking down and smiling write now seeing how everyone is standing together,its just sad that u had to leave,spreed ur wings and fly high your work is done ,u in a better place now,condolences to ur mum and dad sister and the rest of ur family ,ur fellow teachers and the kids who,s lives u touched in so many ways farewell farewll   
mrs M
April 24, 2015 10:14:53 AM
   To Jayde's family , friends and the Riebeek College family ,

Although I did not know Jayde , I am so deeply saddened by this tragedy and for your enormous loss! Jayde was such a beautiful woman and her inner beauty shone through just as much through her beautiful & warm smile.

God has undoubtedly called a true , loyal and beautiful angel to be by his side.


May his peace be with you all today as your remember and mourn the loss a beautiful daughter , wife , family member and friend and may you find comfort in the blessing of having know her and all the wonderful memories you have to cherish.


Jayde , may your sould rest in peace and may you always know joy , laughter and love in the arms of our loving Father!


Thank you for sharing your shining light with the world. You will always be remembered!


Love

Justine ( Durban )
xxxxxx    
Justine
April 24, 2015 09:51:55 AM
   Dear Jaydes Family and all Riebeek Girls

I followed with horror and then sadness the story of Jayde, as she resided only 5 minutes away from where my family and I live in PE.

I did not know her personally but being an ex-Riebeek girl myself I can only imagine how the school is feeling about the loss of a beloved teacher and colleague.

The school was a tight knit family even back in the day when I attended.

Love, hugs and prayers to all those effected by her loss.

Helen Alberts (nee Maisey)
STD 5W - 1989
   
Helen Alberts
April 24, 2015 08:18:27 AM
   Deepest sympathy to Jadye's family and the whole Riebeek family at
large. What a stupid senseless act depriving so many people of a
beautiful and dedicated teacher. Such a traumatic experience for all
the beautiful young girls who are so lucky to have a loving and caring
body of teachers to help them through this terrible time. Bev Fourie.
Class of 69   
Bev Fourie
April 24, 2015 07:40:31 AM
   Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Riebeek family.
Once a Riebeek girl, always a Riebeek girl. This loss has touch lives far and wide.
There is not much that one can say in times like these, except to say that everyone who is feeling this loss is in my thoughts.
Keep strong, hold each other, and take care of one another. Celebrate the life lived so that you can mourn the soul that has been lost.
Thinking of you all.
   
Alex Wates
April 24, 2015 03:13:59 AM
   Condolences, from an old Muir College boy living across the ocean, supporting our sister school during this tragedy...   
Lindsay
April 24, 2015 01:02:11 AM
   What can one say to make this any better? This tragedy has affected so many and will for a long time. Jayde being your friend was an absolute pleasure. The morning rides to school with the scooter gang.
Your life, as beautiful as you, will be remembered and honoured for the wonderful woman you were. God has called you back to be with him. He always calls back the best first. Riebeek, I pray for healing over the staff and pupils.
" We begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget"

Maybe gone but not forgotten
Rest well.....xox
Jenny Cohen

   
Jennifer Cohen (nee Cuyler)
April 23, 2015 08:22:20 PM
   Deat Riebeek College Family

My heartfelt condolences, what a painful loss.

I may not have known Jayde personally as she was one ahead when
I was a student at Riebeeck but what happened to her pains me so much.

Looking at all her pictures and reading all the comments below tells what a
Wonderful individual she was. Her smile is so radiant and so genuine.

Go well Jayde, Go well fellow Riebeek Girl. You are an angel now. You will be extremely missed
I hope your soul will rest in eternal peace.

RIP JAYDE

Millicent Jack " Class of 2004 "

Once a Riebeek Girl, Always a Ribeek Girl   
Millicent Jack
April 23, 2015 08:14:08 PM
   The difference Miss Inggs ( as we know her ) made in my life is irreplaceable. She was the one who believed in me even when i doubting myself. It still feels so unreal but I know she is in a far better place. Im grateful for the priviledge i had to meet her and would always cherish the memories we as the class of 2014 had with her. Miss Inggs, thank you for everything you have done for me and for motivating and supporting me with anything and everything i may have had difficulties with. On valedictory last year as I was about to leave my second home Miss Inggs and i exchanged a few words regarding my future plans. She said to me ' Come do your teaching practical at Riebeek with me.'
You have gone to soon Miss Inggs, but i salute you.    
Leone Ewerts
April 23, 2015 08:03:37 PM
   Dear Riebeek family..
Losing this precious precious angel to inhumane actions is what makes it harderto deal with. Mrs P I hVe known my whole schooling career when she started teaching at Riebeek till I matriculated. I even had the opportunity to gain insight and motivation from her while doing my practical at Riebeek in 2013. Mrs P or Miss Inggs as I know you best.
"Its been a long day without you my friend"
let the light guide you home. Your legacy will forever live on. not Only in Riebeek but all over.
once a Riebeek girl always a Riebeek girl.
Go well Ma'am
Lynley. x   
Lynley Terblanche
April 23, 2015 07:33:32 PM
   I don't know Mrs P but according to what the girls say,they say that she was an amazing kind hearted teacher...May your beautiful soul rest in peace.You will be missed by your family,staff and the girls..(I'm a.student in Victoria Primary School,Grahamstown,grade 7) and I'm sharing my condolensces
   
qhama zibi
April 23, 2015 06:48:54 PM
   Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. When everyone is watching without expecting a reward. Even when it is the hardest thing to do, because it's the right thing to do. Integrity is staying true to your values, a consistency of actions and character. It is a state of wholeness and remaining true to yourself. Integrity is YOU Jayde.

When people ask me about her, I'd say - she was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She had such an amazing heart full of compassion for those around her. I am blessed to have received the opportunity to get to know her when assisting at Riebeek. Jayde was always willing to help, because that's who she was. Everyone loved her and the kids would have such a huge smile on her face whenever they saw her. The day came last year where I had to say 'goodbye' because it was time for me to move on. You hugged me that day, and told me that if I need anything - I should call. Thank you Jayde for being who you are. I will never forget you. Your laugh and your smile... lives on in my mind, and you will forever live on in my heart.
   
Caryn Van der Westhuizen
April 23, 2015 06:39:08 PM
   Mrs Panayiotou.. i wish i could bring you back. :( And i wish I could take your family's heartache away.. I miss you so much and you're on my thoughts and heart forever. Rest peacefully Mrs P..<3 you will never be forgotten    
Jess Hurter
April 23, 2015 05:59:53 PM
   “You were a limited edition”
“Your positive attitude, bright personality and your beautiful smile shall dwell inside the buildings of Riebeek College and in my heart.”
“You taught us things that made us proud, you are now in a better place”
“Walking in the corridors and seeing that everlasting smile, always turned my bad day into the best day. I remember coming to you, going through some tough times at home and not a single day did you hesitate to give me comfort. You always out yourself in my shoes and made me realise that people do care. I thank the Lord for having met such a loving soul like you.”
“I enjoy the memories we had. I remember before the hockey festival you gave the whole team pink headbands to play with, and as a team we took a selfie. I also remember on Monday 20th April when I was excited to get number 9 written on my bottle.”
“I love you so much and I guess heaven couldn’t wait to see you. So go on, go home and remember that you are an angel. We love you from the moon and back, from earth to pluto and back. We hope to see you again soon.”
“Mrs Panayioutou, you taught me life skills I needed. You made me laugh and you made my school days happier. No one can replace you, you are amazing,”
“She was amazing. Beautiful. Colourful. Colourful because she stood out, she was a rainbow in my grey cloud. Mrs Panayioutou was always there for me when I needed her. She was my role model as I looked up to her. She was a mentor and hero. Mrs P was strong and brave. I am so blessed to be able to have known her. May her soul rest in peace and fly free.”
“Mrs Panayioutou, a true reflection of our living God. I may not have known you very well, but your presence touched my soul too. We will celebrate and remember the time you shared with us.”
“Owl miss you Mrs P always. I will treasure the moments you walked into class and made me laugh.”
Dear Mrs P
You were one of the best teachers I knew. You will always have a place in our hearts. No body on this planet could ever replace you as you were so amazing. The whole of grade 6 and the school misses you. May you rest in peace.
Love Caitlin Peters

“Jayde Panayioutou was the brightest and happiest teacher I know. She was always there when somebody wanted to talk or just cry on her shoulder. She taught me for two years and said she would follow us till matric. When, in grade 7, she got engaged, we planned her wedding and the dress she would wear. This was three years ago. She has touched many hearts, not only at Riebeek but everywhere in the Eastern Cape. She was such a beautiful person, she was honest, loyal and kind and she made it seem as if there were no evil in this world. She is in a better place and we have to rest our hearts knowing that she would want our lives to continues and move on, no matter what. She is still with us even though we cannot see her.”
“Dear Mrs P. I miss you, but I know Ill see you one day. RIP I have lots of things to tell you, but Ill see you in Heaven.”
“Mrs P was and always will be an important person in my life, that I will always remember. Mrs P was not only my grade 6 and 7 teacher, but a great role model for me. Her beauty shone from the inside out for everyone to see and love. There are many wonderful memories that we have of her, memories we will cherish. Mrs P was a wonderful person and we are fortunate to say we knew an angel.”
   
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April 23, 2015 05:59:06 PM
   "So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me"

My heart is so incredibly sad for Jayde's family, friends and colleagues. Jayde will be sorely missed but never ever forgotten!    
Tara
April 23, 2015 05:51:22 PM
   Dear Riebeek College Family

I wish to send my condolences to Jayde's family, friends and everyone who is deeply affected by her passing, it really has shattered the hearts of many souls.

I have known her since my high school days when she was still teaching the young ones. Young woman with such an amazing spirit and character.

You might be gone but will forever remain in the hearts of many girls who looked up to you.

May your wonderful soul rest in peace and may we always remember that "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Once a Riebeek girl, always a Riebeek girl.

Zimasa Jam Jam
Class of 2009   
Zimasa Jam Jam
April 23, 2015 05:39:42 PM
   Mrs Pan , you have left me with so many memories to be thankful for. It was an absolute pleasure to have known an amazing young lady like you , you have left a mark in my life. On the 21 April 2015 - heaven received our precious angel . You're gone way to soon .
Its easy to replace a hockey manager , but its not easy to replace you .
You such an incredible , talented , intelligent and beautiful young lady , heaven must be rejoicing to have recieved an angel like you .
You're legacy goes on forever .
Once a riebeek girl ? Always a riebeek girl <3
Ora et labora
My gaurdian angel ♥    
Shanice Pietersen
April 23, 2015 05:20:17 PM
   Dear Mrs Woods and the Riebeek College Family,

I wish to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of Mrs Panayiotou. My heart goes out to Jayde's family, friends, the school and the girls during this very tragic time.

I have known Jayde since our days at College Hill, until we matriculated in 2003. I will remember her for always for being a sweet and kind lady. Beautiful with an equally beautiful heart.

In times like these, I often seek refuge in a hymn that was always sung at Founders Day - Let us now praise famous men. This hymn is derived from Ecclesiastics chapter 44. I am particularly drawn to verse 12 which reads as follows 'Their seed standeth fast, and their glory shall not be blotted out'

May Jayde's seed stand fast, and may her glory never be blotted out.

Rest in Peace, Old Girl.

Sincerest condolences,
Phumelela Maliza
Matric Class of 2003   
Phumelela Maliza
April 23, 2015 02:04:55 PM
   I am shattered by what happened. May the Good Lord be with Jayde's family, friends and all her colleagues and pupils at this time of mourning. It is sad that we are living in a country where we are not safe, where we dont know if we will see the next moment. However, we rely on the young kids to change the world. They need to be encouraged that they can make a difference as this can not go on.

Sleep well Jayde. We salute and love you dearly,   
Cebi
April 23, 2015 01:00:53 PM
   I shall be wearing my old school badge with pride today in honour and memory for Jayde. Once a Riebeek girl, always a Riebeek at heart. (1981 - 1989, Elizabeth House)   
Lorna
April 23, 2015 07:22:35 AM
   
This poised, beautiful and caring soul was a pupil at Riebeek College when I taught there, and later returned to the school as a much-loved, progressive and popular teacher. Her strong friendships with Cherise Swanepoel and others, the respect she earned through both her character and profession and the national outpouring of grief at her tragic passing are a bold tribute to a woman of purpose - one who lived to serve others; to love wholeheartedly; to imbue her environment with joy. We salute you, precious Jayde Panayiotou. In this time of unutterable sadness, you have touched the lives of thousands upon thousands, many of whom never met you, but who hold you, and those who love you, in their hearts today - and forever. 'Goodnight sweet princess; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest'.   
Admin - Beth Cooper Howell
April 22, 2015 06:37:53 PM
   Dear Riebeek family

It is unbearable to even come to terms with the events of the past two days pertaining to Mrs Panayiotou's kidnapping and death. Never could any of us had thought that such a thing would happen to such a delightful and beautiful soul.

Just like everyone who had heard the devastating news of her kidnapping yesterday, I prayed for her safe arrival and deliverance to her family. Additional prayers went up for her from my Connect group, fellow ministers and friends. My aim is to say the pain is felt by all of us and though it all seems surreal, we have to trust that through this whole ordeal, the presence of God was upon Mrs Panayiotou and still is.

I will never forget the tender spirit she carried. It was a spirit of love, compassion and joy. Her beautiful, sparkling smile and approachable character made Mrs P a favourite even among the high school girls. I will never forget the lovely times I had in her classroom and the life lessons I learned from observing and interacting with her. Although Mrs P, whom many of us still saw as "Miss Inggs", may be thought of as gone too soon, she leaves a legacy and a spark with each Riebeek girl and family member.

To her family, I pray that God's grace and mercy be upon you now more than ever before. May you find comfort in His loving arms and May His peace bring rest to your souls. May He wipe all your tears and turn your mourning into dancing.

Our prayers continue to be with you during this time.

With humble condolences
Asisipho Tsotsa
   
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April 22, 2015 06:13:04 PM
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Eulogy at Riebeek’s Memorial Service

BY Mrs M Woods

It has been a harrowing 48 hours and Jayde’s short life and the manner of her death has touched so many, not only in South Africa, but all over the world, that I feel totally inadequate to do justice to the overwhelming response we have had during this sad time. In my years as a teacher at Riebeek College I cannot recall such a momentous reaction to a loss such as this.

 

My sincere thanks to everyone, who has offered their condolences, their services and their love. During all this sadness for Jayde’s families and her Riebeek family, love has permeated throughout the school and the Uitenhage community. I believe that it is this love that has sustained us and helped us to cope in the best manner possible. 

 

I’m a proud principal as the manner in which the staff and girls have dealt with this traumatic loss has been a shining example of courage, respect and register. There has been an atmosphere of calm and serene sadness in the school during which we have continued to function to the best of our ability out of respect to Mrs Panayiotou’s special memory. I believe that Mrs Panayiotou is proud of all of you young ladies as she watches over us this morning. We are going to celebrate her life and thank God for the privilege of having had her as a much loved, exemplary teacher at our school. 

 

The days, weeks, months and years ahead of us, are going to help us work through our personal grief, pain and anger. It will happen to each one of us at different stages, but I believe in the end we shall all receive hope and peace. I once read that the love we give and receive is all that matters and all that is remembered. Suffering disappears;  love remains.   

 

I have very vivid memories of  Jayde as a student at Riebeek from Grade 4 to 12.  She was such a cute, neat, petite little girl, who always had the most gorgeous and generous smile. This never changed. As a highly respected, capable, compassionate young teacher, much loved by staff and girls alike, Mrs Panayiotou was a valued member of the Riebeek staff and the Riebeek community.

 

The response and support on social media from all over the world, has been absolutely overwhelming and tells the story of a life well lived. People have felt the loss of a beautiful, special teacher, person and friend. I think that this untimely, tragic loss of such a young teacher whose life held so much promise, resonated with everyone’s emotions, knowing that a class full of young, vulnerable children, has been robbed of someone they loved and respected dearly.

 

I often passed Jayde in the passages and I would smile at her and jokingly say with great fondness, “Jaydee!” Without fail, her face always lit up with her unique smile that seemed to radiate warmth. I clearly remember that that was the last thing I actually said to her on Monday, when passing her on my way back to the office.

 

Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” and I believe these words testify to the way Jayde lived her life. She had the capacity to make everyone with whom she came in contact, feel good about themselves. This is a rare gift. I don’t think that she ever realized this special gift that she so willingly, abundantly and quite unobtrusively lavished on those around her.

 

As a Riebeek staff member, Jayde was so professional, with a work ethic that was unsurpassed. She never moaned about having to do extra work, she was the first to offer to help anyone. She did not suffer lazy people readily. She didn’t know how to be lazy. Her work was meticulous, well planned and executed, innovative and exciting. More impressive than all these wonderful skills and talents that came so naturally to Jayde, was her positive and encouraging attitude. Jayde understood the concept of never giving up and I am sure she would have approved of the way you all kept the faith over these past days. We had faith right up until we knew that all was lost. We never gave up on you Jayde. When the news finally came, only then did we allow ourselves to grieve and mourn for our loss and for the unimaginable suffering of her beloved family. 

 

I have over the past few days received and read an immeasurable number of tributes, condolences and poignant messages. However, I have been humbled by the realization that it would be an impossible task to convey to you in one speech, the sheer enormity of the love that has come our way.  Jaydee, I have honestly felt your gentle presence while reading the outpouring of sincere emotions in all the words of so many children, adults both friend and stranger: while listening to the endless heartfelt messages, while watching the messaged balloons rise up to you

while feeling the emptiness of your chair in the staffroom while observing the immense effect your death has had on thousands and thousands of people worldwide.  I have felt your gentle precence...while just loving and missing you.

The words from the song,  “See you again” goes as follows: “It’s been a long day without you, my friend.  And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again. We’ve come a long way from where we began.   Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.   When I see you again.”

 

Jayde, once a Riebeek angel…always a Riebeek angel.

 

 

 

 

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 June 09, 2015
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The Life and Soul of the Party of Life

BY Mrs S Gerber

Saying goodbye to Jayde had to happen in stages.  There was the longest  hours when she was missing, when no one could sleep or focus and there was the mechanics of being at school when her being missing was reported and her being found was reported.  There was the media frenzy and the arrangements for paying our tributes to her.  There was a time of everyone wanting to own her, albeit with good intentions, and her presence on television, in newspapers and on social media.  Finally, there came a time when each in their own way could reflect on Jayde, the person.

 

She had a great sense of humour and a sharp wit about her.  She loved to laugh.  There was her sardonic Not my circus, not my monkeys,  how she would pinch her nose and bend over when she just could not stop the laughter.  She had an immense empathy for special needs learners, for internet security and privacy settings on facebook, for combating bullying in all its forms, for animals and she took a genuine interest in the children of her colleagues and friends.  She would laugh at the spirit of our children and anticipate what we would face when they grew older.  She believed in causes and had everyone, even Mr Reynolds, wear red lipstick for April’s campaign against women abuse.  She involved her Grade 7s in the Bring back our Girls campaign but, sadly, we could not bring her back in spite of the spirited campaign the staff embarked on to spread news of her being missing.

 

Jayde had an old fashioned respect for the management team of Riebeek and would never use our first names.  She would seek our advice humbly and with awe for the experience and knowledge of others.  She was unassuming and modest, yet she was ambitious in wanting to be the best possible teacher.  When Mrs Stear was going through a time tough, Mrs Panayiotou quietly and steadily found ways to make her life easier.  She put together worksheets and drew up programmes to assist Mrs Stear.  She was our Secret Santa organizer and we will miss her arranging the loads of presents at our Christmas party.  She was the computer guru you turned to if something just would not work.   She presented magazine articles that she had spent ages on perfecting.  She never wanted to let anyone down or allow her name to be put on something that was not up to a high standard.  Presentation mattered to Jayde. 

 

She was a good friend.  Feisty and quick to tell you exactly what she thought.  Protective and a defender of  those around her, she mixed easily among various circles on the staff. 

 

Jayde was not a complainer or one to fuss.  She was too practical for that - she just got the job done.  Her teacher appraisal documentation, IQMS, was the best of all the staff because she would take time to make sure it was done quickly, neatly and precisely.

 

One of her last lessons with the Grade 4s was on emotions.  She told them that if you are sad, you should sit on your bed and eat ice cream until you feel better.  We have all tried that remedy in her honour.  Some have undertaken aspects of her bucket list such as the walk on the beach to honour her.  A large group attended the Heal the Metro event to make sense of it all. 

 

Beth Cooper Howell, herself an Old Girl, wrote:   During disasters, ... the more connections we have and the stronger our bonds are to each other, the more likely we are to survive...To prevent and treat post-traumatic stress disorder, these ties are the best medicine. It’s when we face the toughest times that our true nature reveals itself.  On social media, at church, in marches and during conversations with friends, thousands of people tuned into this biological wiring by focusing on a beautiful and much-loved teacher who has become an icon for everything good in a world gone mad.  And this is what we should cling to, rather than getting caught up in the tabloid frenzy that comes from a real-life event being twisted into a ‘story’.  If we’re innately built to give comfort and support in a time of crisis, then that is what we should do.

Jayde did draw us together in life and in death.  We are a bit kinder to each other and more appreciative of each other as a result.  We remember Ken du Pisanie’s words that our learners learnt more from us in those April days than ever before or since.  We remember his words that HE is in the boat.  We remember the matrics keeping the grade 4s busy playing games in the quad while the staff reeled from the events.  We remember how happy Jayde was at the hockey festival just three days before we lost her, how she encouraged her team while they played and laughed with the first team hockey players she had a short time again returned from a tour with and how she and Miss Pot played on the jumping castle. 

We remember that she was the life and soul of the party of life and that she would want her good work continued.  She wanted to make a difference.  She would be amazed at the difference she made.  Her soul lives on...

 

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 June 26, 2015
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He is in the Boat - a message of healing and hope 

BY Mr Ken du Pisanie

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR

JAYDE Panayiotou

24 April 2015

 

On one occasion the Lord was walking with his disciples next to a lake. They came to a boat, and he said to them, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake.” This was a faith statement. He knew, come what may, we are going to the other side of the lake. Half way into the journey, a terrible storm arose over the lake, threatening to sink the boat. The disciples were afraid, and looked for the Lord. But he was asleep in the boat. They woke him up and said, “Aren’t you afraid that we will drown?” He responded by saying, “Oh you of little faith. Have you forgotten that I promised to take you to the other side?”

Right now a terrible storm has arisen in your lives. It threatens to sink a large part of your existence. The storm has filled you with fear and anxiety and anger and questions and doubt… You want to shake your God awake and scream, “Are you not concerned that we are drowning???”

Friends, it may seem that God is asleep. But I want you to know that He is in the boat! I DON’T KNOW how he’s going to take you through this storm! I don’t understand the storm and I don’t have the answers to the storm! But I KNOW that He is in the boat! And as long as He is in the boat, this boat IS going to the other side!

Today I ask you: Just allow Him to be in your boat. You don’t have to like Him very much right now. You don’t have to understand His ways. You can even dislike Him and be doubtful of His ways. But simply allow Him to be in your boat. Allow Him to be present as you deal with a mountain load of pain and distress. He has promised to bring comfort and to give strength. Simply allow Him to, in His unique and beautiful way, bring that which He has promised and restore hope to your hurting heart.

Imagine … Nothing to kill or die for…
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

(Imagine by John Lennon)

 

I never knew Jayde Panayiotou personally, only as a teacher of my daughter.  But I have a sense that she was a dreamer. Speaking to several of her friends, colleagues and pupils, one quickly realizes that Jayde Panayiotou was a person who brought light wherever she was. One of her favourite phrases was “Be the light.” Wherever there was darkness, she would bring light. If someone was feeling down or discouraged, she, through her words, actions or mere presence, brought a sense of hope. If someone was feeling sad or lonely, she would offer comfort and companionship. It seems that darkness seldom, if ever, got the better of her. On the contrary, she was an agent of light wherever she was, chasing out different forms of darkness around her and in people’s lives.

John 1:5 - The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

I believe the greatest tribute that we can bring to Jayde is to continue shining the light she did, which the darkness cannot extinguish. Instead of allowing darkness through despair, we shine a light of hope. Instead of bringing darkness through fear, we shine a light of hope. Instead of bringing darkness in hate, we shine a light of hope.

One day I will say, and my children will say, and their children will say, “I have lived a life of light and love and hope, and the darkness has not extinguished it. And my light and my hope was motivated by a teacher that I knew in Uitenhage, who inspired me to live that life of light and hope, through the live she lived so well.”

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me bring Your love,
Where there is injury, Your pardon Lord,
And where there's doubt, true faith in You

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness - only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy

(Jon Cohen)

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 April 25, 2015
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