It was with great sadness that LAC hosted the funeral for a wonderful person, a great friend and superb teacher, Ms Jude Little on Tuesday April 24. Ms Little had been teaching Social Sciences for 18 years at LAC.
She was a professional person in every aspect of her teaching. She loved her students and demanded high standards of achievement and personal standards from them. In response her students respected and loved her and gave her what she “demanded”. She said she came to school to teach students not curriculum.
Her health had gradually declined over the last couple of years. In term one this year, even though it required great effort for her to move and teach, such was her love for her students and the desire she had for them to succeed, she kept coming to school until she was physically unable to do so.
Her favourite text that is a reminder to us all about taking time for ourselves and God amidst the craziness of life is found in Psalm 34:8 – “Be still and know that I am God.”
Her love of teaching and her personal demonstration of living a principled life will remain in the memories of all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
Kevin Gredig, School Chaplain
Update – Online obituary can be found here: http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/manawatu-standard-nz/obituary.aspx?n=judith-little&pid=188798578&referrer=0&preview=True
Dear Parents/Caregivers/Wider School Community
It is with great sadness that we must share with you that Ms Jude Little, LAC Teacher/Learning Leader of Social Sciences, passed away this afternoon, 19 April. Our first thoughts and prayers go to Jude’s immediate family.
The past weeks have been a particularly challenging time for those staff and students who have known Jude far deeper than as simply a colleague or a teacher. I know that the weeks to come will also have their challenges, but I also know that each of us has an eternal hope that we can call upon. Certainly, Jude was at peace with the prospect of meeting the Christ she loved.
At LAC each staff member is asked to select a Bible verse of significance to them, and to explain its relevance. I want to share with you the Bible verse that Jude had in her classroom, and what she had to say about it:
‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalms 46:10 – NKJV)
“It is easy to pay lip service to God in this busy world. If we truly desire to hear His voice we need to take time to be still. His voice is all-important in guiding our footsteps on the path to eternal life – we need to listen so we can recognise the Shepherd’s voice rather than having it drowned out by all the other external stimulus that bombards us on a daily basis. ‘Be still and know that I am God’ is a constant reminder that He knows and sees all, and that everything is working out for good for those who love the Lord.”
Ms Jude Little
Brendan van Oostveen