School unites in PE teacher Matthew Upsher's tribute
PUPILS and staff at Hayle Community School donned checked shirts and hats to pay tribute to a teacher who died suddenly three years ago.
Head of PE Matthew Upsher suffered an epileptic seizure while surfing and died on September 13, 2010.
Every year since on that date the school has celebrated his life by wearing checked shirts and hats – two of his favourite items of clothing.
Head teacher Chris Jackman said: "We asked the children how they wanted to remember Matt. We had a small surfboard with a plaque on it which reads 'You believed in us' put up.
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"Matt loved what he did; he loved the children, he loved sport and his family. He really inspired them and they knew he cared for them."
More than three-quarters of Hayle pupils came in wearing a checked shirt, she said, of whom many never met Mr Upsher: "They did it properly," she said. "It was nice they showed respect."
The school was also asking for donations on Friday towards the Matthew Upsher Foundation, a charity set up his family following his death. The money it raises will go towards various causes including offering support to people with epilepsy.
Former pupils who were taught by Mr Upsher left messages of support on Facebook, with one saying he had worn a checked shirt to college on the anniversary of his death.
Fifteen-year-old Ellie Clifford, a Year 11 pupil who was taught by Mr Upsher for a year, said he was highly thought of by all his students.
"His lessons were popular; he was really good fun," she said. "It's a nice way to remember him."
Former colleagues joined his family and friends for a remembrance service at Perranporth Beach on Friday evening, where he died while surfing with his brother.