We were deeply saddened last week to learn of the passing of our Teacher Librarian, Carolyn Riordan.

Carolyn meant so much to so many of us, both staff and students, and Ms Hadfield has written a tribute to Carolyn, recognising her significant contribution to Port Hacking High School.

Carolyn started her career in South Australia teaching Japanese then moved into the airline industry. She then returned to teaching languages at Woolooware High School and went on doing casual work, teaching Japanese at Kirrawee High School.

She came to Port Hacking High School in 2009 to do a two-term temp block teaching Japanese, which then led to being offered the Teacher Librarian position full time after completing her Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship).

Carolyn had been suffering from lung cancer for over 2 years and was heroic in her fight to battle the disease, spending countless hours advocating and fundraising for research into possible treatments via her #ihavelungs campaign.

She never stopped supporting both the students and staff at PHHS in any way she could, and even when she took time off for her health, she was always thinking about the students and the PHHS community.

At the beginning of 2020, she finally decided she needed to take some time for herself, to spend precious moments with her beautiful family, so she made the decision to medically retire.

Carolyn introduced the teacher ‘Buddy Week’ to PHHS, and she was always advocating for the well-being of our staff.

We will always remember Carolyn’s bravery, her problem solving skills, her resilience, her incredible sense of humour and her ability to go above and beyond, always thinking of others.

Farewell to a dedicated public educator, and a wonderful, generous human – you will be missed, Carolyn.