There is much sadness in the school today with students and staff being supported by borough counsellors. However, Emel’s legacy to this school is very far from sad and understated. Ask all those who knew her best and you will hear of a person who had time for everyone particularly the most challenging students whom she would constantly encourage to do better. She was larger than life and cheeky but everyone who was touched by her felt her warmth at every step. She lived life to the full and was known as an enthusiastic shopper with a great eye for handbags, shoes and dramatic jewellery. This joie de vivre did not compromise a constant professionalism in her job which saw her being the face of Shene School and then Richmond Park Academy for 12 years. The final word goes to her close friend Penny Tabley, “I adored her and the world is a worse place without her”.
Emel leaves a daughter, Leyla, her partner, Yusuf and a very sad secondary school.
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Emel was a wonderful colleague with a personality to match and being Office Manager wasn't just a job to her, she had a deep responsibility and loyalty to the school. I shall miss her as a colleague and friend - Linda Thorndyke
I was so sad to hear about Emel. Such a lovely lady and so young. - Anne Hahlo
Cheeky, spunky, funny, warm, efficient, observant, bossy, sartorially elegant (always), fierce (sometimes), loyal, chatty, welcoming, giving, hard-working, loving mother, patient student mentor, problem solver, positive thinker, irreplacable. Much loved, admired - and missed. That was my friend, Emel Hall. - Mona Adams
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Emel, she was a lovely, helpful lady. It’s so hard to lose a colleague and dear friend. My thoughts and best wishes to you all. - Judith Eglington
To Ms Hall, Thank you for being the best help – Casey Treadaway
Emel was one of life’s amazing characters. She was a great people person, always immaculately dressed but with an outrageous sense of humour. I adored her and the world is a worse place without her – Penny Tabley