Model pupil who loved school

PUBLISHED: 18:20 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THE old adage is that schooldays are the best days of your life.

Carefree, a time for fun and friendship, laughter and smiles, growing up in a safe and secure environment, learning new things every day.

THE old adage is that schooldays are the best days of your life.

Carefree, a time for fun and friendship, laughter and smiles, growing up in a safe and secure environment, learning new things every day.

Vicky started her school life as a five-year-old at Trimley St Mary

primary – and right from the start she proved eager to learn.

She had gone off quite happily, no tantrums, no tears, and mum Lorinda was looking forward to picking her up from the school in High Road at the end of the day, keen to hear how the first day had gone.

But to her surprise, Vicky wasn't happy or sad, but indignant when Lorinda arrived at home time.

She had enjoyed the day so much that she didn't want to go home!

Vicky loved being part of the 400-pupil primary school and took part in many school activities, worked hard in her lessons,

broadening her horizons. She learned to swim there and to play the recorder.

She had been born on October 3, 1981, in the maternity block at Ipswich Hospital, weighing a healthy 6lb 10oz.

She was a baby full of smiles, and as a toddler proved to have bundles of energy and was hard work for her parents. Two years later she had a baby brother Steven to dote on – and she loved him deeply from the day he was born.

Graham and Lorinda Hall moved to Trimley when Vicky was just a baby and the village was starting to expand with the new Farmlands estate – where the family has a home just off the spine road, in Faulkeners Way — being built.

By the time she was a teenager she would know the estate

intimately, having explored its

footpaths, closes and cul de sacs, open spaces and play areas, as thoroughly as every other local child.

It was a safe haven. It was where the children played together after school, at weekends and in the

holidays. Most of the children on the estate knew other – or at least knew everyone in their peer group and the older and younger siblings of those friends.

As a child Vicky also enjoyed childhood family holidays in

summer – including trips to Weymouth with grandparents Eric and Doris and Peter – playing on the golden sands and swimming in the sea.

Back in the village, she joined the local Brownies unit, enjoying the weekly activities and the Discoverers Sunday School at Trimley Church, where her mum helped with the teaching and

running of holiday clubs.

At the age of 11, Vicky transferred to Orwell High School. The move to secondary school can often be quite daunting, but she continued to enjoy school and had a nucleus of really good, close friends, including Gemma Algar.

One of the school activities her family recall her taking part in was the musical, Chess. She was in the chorus line and this inspired her love of dancing, leading to lessons and taking part in more shows.

She loved being with little

children and they naturally

gravitated towards her. When time came for work experience, she was awarded a placement at Trimley St Martin School, which she loved, and later spent some time at Squirrel Nutkin's Nursery.

After her GCSEs, Vicky moved on to the Felixstowe Sixth Form to study A-levels in English, business studies and sociology.

Her head of sixth form, Jenny Leeke described her as "hard-working, conscientious, a model

student". She was happy, bright and thoughtful and enjoyed

working with people.

She was a keen member of the school's Young Enterprise Project, in which pupils set up a mock firm and run it as a real business to gain experience of commerce, and her organisational skills were an important part of its success. She had also helped with charity fundraising.

Former principal of Orwell High, Alison Fraser, said: "Vicky is remembered as a smiling, polite and courteous girl. She was a

reliable and hardworking student."

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