This week students, staff and parents have had to cope with very bad news. We were very sorry to hear that the much loved Sophie Tynan passed away. She battled hard against her illness........
We are also reeling from the tragic news about Kayleigh Haywood. Kayleigh attended local schools, with our students. We know from our colleagues at Ashby and Newbridge Schools that she was a lively and fun-loving girl. The circumstances of her death are traumatic.
These bereavements have happened at the same time as the terrible events in Paris. The deaths in Paris have affected many people. On Tuesday night 44 of our students and four staff travelled to Wembley to watch the England versus France football match. This was a particularly poignant occasion.
The news of a death can affect people in many different ways. For those closest, friends and families, it is very difficult. It can also trigger feelings in people not directly connected to the people that have passed away. It is important that during this time that people look out for each other. The way in which students and staff have done this over recent times has been remarkable. People have acted with dignity and respect. People have been selfless and thought of others. They have put other people’s needs ahead of their own. We want to thank everyone for their support to each other.
Over the coming weeks further support is available to anyone that needs it. If you feel that you are struggling to deal with any of these issues, please speak to a member of staff at this College and make sure that the Senior and Pastoral Staff are made aware. We have support from outside the College to help us. If you are concerned for someone else, please let us know. The motto for everyone is “say something to someone.”
We also want to thank the students and staff that visited Wembley on Tuesday to represent the College. We know that in supporting the French Team and the French people they have been fantastic ambassadors for us all. We are proud of the students and staff for undertaking this responsibility.
We would like you to know that we observed two minutes silence in tutor groups today to think about people who have suffered bereavement.
The support from parents has been outstanding and very much appreciated. Over the next few weeks we will support students, parents and staff further as the funerals take place.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel we can help.
Mr N Melvin