Mr Vivian Cassells RIP
9/12/2016 2:09 PM
Vivian Cassells R.I.P.
The sad news of Vivian Cassells’ death reached us this morning, Friday, 9th September 2016. Vivian was an outstanding educationalist and a true gentleman. Long before he came to Oatlands College in 1986 as Guidance Counsellor, Vivian was known country-wide due to his regular columns in the Irish Times on various aspects of guidance and counselling. He was an invaluable asset to Oatlands College because along with his renowned expertise in the fields of guidance and counselling, he also had the experience of being principal of Moyle Park College.
Vivian settled into life in Oatlands immediately and quickly established an excellent rapport with the students and his teaching colleagues. His work day began on his arrival at the college at 8.00 a.m. He had made it known to parents that he was available for meetings from that time so that they could call to him on their way to work. Seeing parents coming to and going from Vivian’s office at that hour of the morning was a regular feature of the school day. He was equally generous with the time he devoted to students with whom he had an open door policy. They came to him with their questions and problems as they knew they had a sympathetic ear and a most trustworthy confidant. Indeed, some of his teaching colleagues also confided in Vivian as they had a deep respect for his opinions and advice and knew that their conversations would never pass beyond him.
In the classroom, Vivian had an extraordinary presence and he had no difficulty in taking a whole year group for a session and keeping them rapt in whatever subject matter he was presenting to them. His excellent organisational skills became particularly noteworthy in the preparation for and staging of Prize Giving each year. He introduced the idea of the Leaving Certificate year group wearing tuxedos and having a ‘class photograph’ which brought a sense of occasion and style to the annual Prize Giving.
Most of all, Vivian will be remember for his unfailing good humour and gentlemanly behaviour. He never showed the slightest sign of irritability or impatience and invariably brought a smile to even the most despondent in his company by a well-timed pun or amusing anecdote. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a most loyal friend, a scholarly gentleman and a charismatic leader who had a profound influence on all who were lucky to interact with him.
Vivian will be sadly missed by his most devoted wife, Anne, by his relatives and his wide circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam fíoruasal.
Tribute by Mr Michael Madigan