St Mary's College creates a guard of honour for long-term teacher Robyn Chantler, who died at the end of last month.
St Mary's College creates a guard of honour for long-term teacher Robyn Chantler, who died at the end of last month. cONTRIBUTED

Beloved Toowoomba teacher dies after cancer battle

TOOWOOMBA students created a guard of honour for their beloved school teacher of more than 20 years after she died last week.

St Mary's College teacher Robyn Chantler died on September 27 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She had taught at the school for 23 years.

Mrs Chantler's funeral was held at the school on Wednesday and the boys created a guard of honour for their teacher as her casket was driven from the grounds.

She started teaching at the school in 1994 and had roles across commerce head of department, year 12 accounting panel member for schools in the Toowoomba region, senior accounting, commerce, history, religious education and business teaching.

The school described Mrs Chantler as a "straight-shooter" with the boys who was honest, but warm.

Many teachers, students and former students shared memories of Mrs Chantler, including fellow teacher and friend Sally Callaghan who said she had been an inspiring woman for the school community.

St Mary's College teacher Robyn Chantler with students (from left) Patrick Heberlein, Craig Oldfield, Nickolas Trevisiol and Jarred Tuite.
St Mary's College teacher Robyn Chantler with students (from left) Patrick Heberlein, Craig Oldfield, Nickolas Trevisiol and Jarred Tuite. Contributed

"Her wisdom has helped to guide and create a welcoming environment for all who came into contact with her," Mrs Callaghan said.

"I feel so lucky to have worked and shared a friendship with such a brave, courageous, strong, kind, funny, smart and sassy woman.

"Best friends forever and I shall never forget our great times."

College vice-captain Nick Thoms said while Mrs Chantler was a teacher, she felt like a mate.

"She would ask how I'm going, if I needed help or even ask how footy went on the weekend," he said.

"Her determination and commitment to keep teaching our senior accounting class while she was sick, shows her true character as a person and devoted teacher."

The school has offered its condolences to Mrs Chantler's husband Bevan and children Naomi, Dirk and Emily. 


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