Friday 1st December 2006 by C. Freeman
A flowering cherry tree has been planted at Brooke Weston in memory of student Yasmin Penny. Yasmin, aged 15, died in November. She had suffered from cystic fibrosis and had undergone a liver transplant. Her mother, aunts and uncle attended the planting which was carried out by Lauren Robinson and Mara Grkinic from Yasmin's tutor group of 11E. Mara read the poem 'One in a Million' which she had composed herself and Lauren Robinson, Rosie Glackin and Aaron Bourne read the poem 'Pink, Pink, Pink.'
The tutor group bought the tree themselves. It stands in a prominent position at the front of the College and was chosen for its pink leaves and flowers as that was Yasmin's favourite colour. The tree planting follows an earlier tribute to Yasmin when 15 pink balloons, each representing one year of her life, were released from the College grounds.
Yasmin's mother, Magdalene Smith wants to express her thanks to all those from the College who attended Yasmin's funeral or sent condolences and messages of sympathy.