Jayde Panayiotou’s love for teaching spoke from beyond the grave this week when a former pupil rediscovered a heartwarming note buried in a time capsule.
The note was unearthed on Tuesday, the day the murder trial of Jayde’s husband, Christopher, started in the Port Elizabeth High Court.
The time capsule was part of a life orientation project in 2013 by the then-Grade 9 class. It was buried on the grounds of Riebeek College.
Jayde’s note was printed on yellow cardboard – her favourite colour.
It read: “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together there is something that you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
“But the most important thing is even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you. Love Miss Inggs”
The note was signed with her maiden name as she was only married in 2014. The matric class gathered on Tuesday to dig up the time capsule and were startled when Tirrell Hobbs pulled out Jayde’s note.
“We all got goose bumps. I was in awe. I remember taking out this yellow piece of paper, reading it and then freezing,” Tirrell said.
“I then started yelling ‘oh my word, oh my word’. My friends wanted to know what I was going on about, but I was lost for words.”
Tirrell said she was reminded what a positive impact a special teacher can make.
“We remember her radiant smile, how energetic she was, how passionate she was. She made us feel we could do whatever we wanted and be whatever we wanted.”
Riebeek principal Marilyn Woods said:
“Jayde had given every child in her class that special message at the end of the year and Tirrell had put it into her capsule.”