Vale Matt Fydler
25/04/1978 – 22/01/2022

Dear Staff, Students, Parents and friends,

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I inform you that last night (22/01/2022) our dear friend and colleague, Matt Fydler passed away.

It was only a little over a year ago that Matt was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer, in his bicep. after what initially seemed a minor injury.

Since that time Matt, and his family, faced the enormous challenge that this diagnosis presented, with courage, grace and determination. They left no stone unturned as they battled the cancer with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and trial treatments both here, and in Germany. 

It is impossible to overstate the impact that Matt has had on our school community. Matt started with us at Lindisfarne in February 2000, dedicating nearly half his life to his students and our Lindisfarne community.

Over the 20 plus years, in addition to teaching PDHPE, he has been Year 7 Camp Coordinator, the Year 11 Camp Coordinator, the Co-Founder of the Lindisfarne Sports Academy, a Rite Journey teacher and mentor and the Head of St Barnabas House. He was passionate about Indigenous Education and a passionate advocate for Indigenous students and programs. Matt loved the outdoors, regularly volunteering to go on our yearly ski trips, showing students how to snowboard and enthusiastically participating in staff versus students sport events, but particularly dominating in the staff versus students swim relay.

Matt has always been incredibly decent, kind and thoughtful in his relationships with students, staff and parents. He has been the sort of teacher who is able to laugh with his students but at the same time has their utmost respect. He brought these qualities to his role as Head of St Barnabas house and as a Rite Journey mentor as he always made his students feel worthwhile and valued, and they had something meaningful to contribute.

We hold in our hearts Matt, his wife Amy, his young children Millie and Kai, his parents Peter and Lesley and his brothers Chris and Tim and their extended family. We will wrap our community around them, providing them with our love, our prayers and our continued support and care.

A number of our staff are very close personal friends of Matt and Amy and I acknowledge and honour your deep friendship, your love for Matt and your loss. We stand with you. Please know that you are not alone. 

The School Chapel at the Mahers Lane Campus Terranora will be open to the School Community this evening (Sunday) and again on Monday from 4.00pm to 6:00pm for anyone who would like to gather and reflect as we grieve for Matt and his family. Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu and I will both be in attendance.

If you or your children require support at this time Senior Staff are available to be contacted including:

School Chaplain, Reverend Constantine Osuchukwu, constantine.osuchukwu@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au,
School Psychologist, Julie Henry, julie.henry@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au,
School Psychologist, Kasey Lloyd, kasey.lloyd@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au,
School Counsellor, Natalie Daugherty, natalie.daugherty@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.
Head of Junior School, Jeremy Godden, jgodden@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au,
Head of Middle School, Cathy Cox, catherine.cox@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au,
Head of Senior School, Kate Cornell, kate.cornell@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au
Director of Community Engagement, Simon McKinley, smckinley@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au, and
Director of Human Resources, Mary-Ellen Jackman, mjackman@lindisfarne.nsw.edu.au.

The Fydler family has kindly requested privacy at this time. They ask that you do not send flowers and instead show your love and support by making a donation to the Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail Retreat via the link below, so that they may be able to continue their special work:

https://www.tweedpalliativesupportandwedgetailretreat.com/

In our grief and loss we are reminded that  “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

We will always remember and treasure the contribution Matt Fydler made to our Lindisfarne School community, the Tweed Coast Community and our lives.

With our deepest respect and heartfelt sympathies to Amy, Millie, Kai and the Fydler family.

Stuart Marquardt
Principal