Celebrating Annette Medana

By Julie Medana

In memory of someone special

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Annette Louise Medana on Thursday, 27th August 2020. Dearly loved daughter of Harry and Barbara (both deceased). Greatly missed by her sisters Julie and Isabelle (with Ralf and Ivy), cousins (Lindsay, Kathy, Judy, Uncle Brian and their families) and friends.

Annette was a loving and doting Aunty to Ivy and was very special and devoted to the many children that she taught in Australia and Japan during her working life as a classroom / ESL teacher and librarian. She spoke fondly of "her children" and was cherished in return with many remaining in touch into adulthood.

Although partially deaf in her early years, she enjoyed music from classical to pop. She played classical piano and took up the clarinet when she attended teacher's college.  Annette had a passion for travel and history. During her life she had many adventures in Asia, Canada, Europe and Russia. Most recently she followed in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots and Richard III.

Annette survived breast and ovarian cancer before her final illness this year. We greatly appreciate the support she received during this time from hospital staff, Breast Cancer Nurses at McGrath Foundation and the Cancer Council. 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private service to celebrate Annette's life shall be held at 3.15 pm on Monday 7th September, which shall be live streamed for those family and friends unable to attend. In Lieu of floral tributes please consider a donation to Annette's chosen charity as a special way to honour Annette. 

Thank you for your generous donation


Kathy Day

Sending you my love across the miles, and wishing I was there with you. Thanks for making it possible to give to this great cause in memory of Annette.


Adeline, Madeleine And Lillian

We will always remember you Ms Medana. We are so lucky to have you as our teacher. We’ve learnt a lot from you. No words can describe how much we will miss you. Adeline, Madeleine and Lillian Xiang.


Mikiko Ihara

Dear Julie, Annette was such a lovely teacher for my two children, Natalie and Ethan Yong. She cooked a lot with the children, which they looked forward to. She invited the high school students from Japan once a year to Lindfield East Public School. It was a good experience for the high school students and LEPS students. We are very fortunate to have known and spent time with Annette.


Judy Peters

with thanks for the support the Breast Care nurses gave Annette during her cancer journey and with much love to Issy and Julie as they grieve for their beloved sister cousin Judy




Christy Tai

The most sincere and heartfelt “Thank you” to the teacher who provided her students with support, guidance, and love. Your students will always keep you in their heart. We truly feel blessed and honoured that Miss Medana was a part of our kids learning journey.


May Kong

On behalf of the Kong family, we’d just like to express our sincere thanks. For the guidance you’ve provided us during our youth and for the memories that will last a lifetime. You will be missed.


Ing Lee

Kai and Pei were very lucky to have an amazing and caring teacher, Miss Medana, She inspired my kids and always brought a smile to their face with interesting stories and yummy cookings such as star cookies, apple turnovers, ‘pig in a blanket’, etc. We will cherish all the great memories forever.


Miriam Cheng

I would like to express the deepest gratitude to you, Miss Medana. You are such a dedicated and caring teacher. Dorothy and Jeremy were fortunate to be your students at LEPS. Your smiling face and inspiring words will be kept in our hearts. We will always miss you.


Stella Sun

I will always remember Annette as my daughters favourite teacher and a wonderful colleague. We'll miss you.


Amy Lau


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Alison Chan

I will always remember Annette as my favourite teacher and a wonderful colleague. She will be dearly missed, but her legacy will live on through her work with all her students.


Ingrid Van Loon

In loving memory of Annette, A wonderful EALD teacher to many children across the globe.


Michelle Marquet


Michelle Nederlof

In loving memory of Annette, who will be missed by everyone at Lindfield East Public School. XX