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Emel Hall, Office Manager extraordinaire and RPA’s “best hug” 5 August 1957 – 12 January 2016

posted 13 Jan 2016, 06:13 by Michele Colt   [ updated 22 Jan 2016, 01:52 by Phil Broughton ]
It is with regret and sadness we share the news about Emel Hall who passed away yesterday. As many of you will know Emel was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. She has been off school for the last few months for this treatment but we had every hope she would return to us. Emel was Office Manager and Assistant Head of Year to our current year 10s. She will be hugely missed by students and staff alike.

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”.

Messages from students and staff

Emel leaves a daughter, Leyla, her partner, Yusuf and a very sad secondary school.
We will publish any memories of Emel on this post as they come in. If you would like to share your memories please email us at

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