TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular primary school teacher who has died from cancer.
Sarah Loxston, 30, was a Year 1 teacher at St George’s Primary School in Kesteven Road, Stamford, and was a keen member of the congregation at St George’s Church where she was well-known for her musical ability.
Sarah spent the first three years of her life living in Firs Avenue, Uppingham, with her parents Paul and Jennifer and was the eldest of their three children Sarah, Helen and Chris.
They moved away when Sarah was three, but she returned to the area in 2008 to take up her post at St George’s Primary School.
Headteacher Carol Dunlop said: “Governors and staff welcomed Sarah Loxston to St. George’s School in September 2008. Sarah became a good friend to all her colleagues and brought fun to learning for the pupils in her Year 1 class.
“Sarah was a gifted musician, and she shared her sheer joy for music with the whole school. The children looked forward to her playing the piano in assemblies and were inspired by her enthusiastic teaching of “action songs”.
“She ran our school choir and at Christmas enjoyed leading them in performing at our school carol service in St. George’s Church and in Red Lion Square at the switching on ceremony of the Christmas lights.
“Sarah was well liked by everyone in our school community. She always had a smile on her face and a lively, bubbly personality. She will be remembered for the kind, caring and enthusiastic way she approached all aspects of school life.”
Sarah was diagnosed with aggressive clear cell endometrial cancer last year, and her parents say she got on with her life.
Mr Loxston from Kirkby-in-Ashfield near Nottingham said: “We were very proud of the way Sarah lived with cancer and she was determined not to let it spoil her life.”
As a young woman Sarah was involved in guiding, but later on turned her interests and talents to the church. She made a lot of friends in Stamford through St George’s Church.
Associate rector and director of music at the church Dave Maylor said: “Sarah arrived at St George’s Church not long after her appointment as Reception teacher at St George’s School less than three years ago.
“She was bubbly, friendly, kind, and she gathered a large group of friends around her. In fact Sarah made friends easily here at St George’s, and she regarded St George’s as her home church very quickly.
“Not only was Sarah a great friend to many here, she was also hugely talented when it comes to music and she was very generous with her gifts.
“An accomplished musician in at least three areas – bassoon, piano and voice- Sarah quickly got involved in the church music team, playing keyboard, singing, transposing and arranging music for carol services in church etc. and she was instrumental in getting carol singing into two of the local pubs as Christmas approached.
“As a musician she will be greatly missed – she has left a large gap in the music team. As a friend she will be greatly missed too, as she befriended many and helped many people here at St George’s.
“Sarah had a strong Christian faith as a follower of Jesus Christ; a faith which sustained her throughout her battle with cancer over the past 11 months. She was singing along to praise and worship songs on her ipod in hospital just hours before her death.
“She inspired many people at St George’s and her funeral here, with six songs and hymns, which she had chosen in advance of her death, was a celebration of her life and faith.
“Sarah was very special and will be greatly missed by us all. However, with that same Christian faith we believe we will see her again.”
The money raised from Sarah’s funeral will be split between Macmillan Cancer Care and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Mr Loxston said: “There’s an awful lot of cancer out there. I would ask people to please support others that are suffering from it.”