Letter from the Headteachers
It is with terrible sadness that we must share with you that a much-loved member of our school community has died following a tragic accident outside his home yesterday evening.
As some of our families and children were aware of what has happened and children were already talking about this, we made the decision to speak to all children within their classes this morning to share this sad news in an age-appropriate way. We have worked with our school Educational Psychologist to support staff in the language and approach we have used when talking to children. We are very aware that factual information and emotional support are the best means of helping children deal with bereavement and that children respond in different ways so may dip in and out of sadness, and questions, whilst alternately playing or participating in their usual activities. This is normal and healthy. You may find your child has questions to ask which we will answer in an age-appropriate way in school, but if you feel you would like more support and advice yourself, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. You may also find some very useful advice and resources online at www.mindmate.org.uk or www.childbereavement.org.uk
When someone dies it is normal for their friends, family and wider community to experience lots of different feelings like sadness, anger and confusion. I am sure there will be many of you who are also shocked and saddened by this news. We are working with the Educational Psychology team and with professionals within the local authority to support staff, children and families and this work will continue over the coming weeks.
We have spoken to the family, and it is their wish that we share with our wider community what a special boy Abdullah was, how much he loved coming to school each day and how much he loved his teachers and his friends. He was a wonderful and kind little boy with a natural curiosity about the world and we will miss him greatly. At an appropriate time, we will be working with his family to ensure we celebrate Abdullah’s life and contribution to school.
We are sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, but we appreciate an occurrence like this impacts the whole school community. We are so grateful for the thriving partnership we have with parents/carers and trust that we, together, will be able to guide and support the children through what may be, for many, a very new experience in their lives.
Simon Crawford and Hannah Darley
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