23/05/17 – Solidarity

Dear Friends

I know that you will share our shock and sorrow following the event which took place last night at the MEN Arena.  At times such as these, we must pull together to support and care for each other.

At 2.30 today, the school stood still for a one minute silence in solidarity with those who lost their lives and were injured. Our thoughts and love are with them and their families.

Our families will be suffering right now too – especially the children. Please see below for some advice from Winston’s Wish about how to help children during times such as these:

  • Talk to children using words they understand; give information to younger children a bit at a time
  • Try and encourage children to ask questions
  • Answer questions honestly and simply; talking about it won’t make it worse
  • Accept that some things can’t be ‘made better’
  • Show willingness to talk about difficult things and use this as an opportunity to reassure them
  • If children are asking questions, it is a good thing – it shows they trust you and it is better than keeping questions and worries to themselves
  • Remember that ‘super parents’ or ‘super teachers’ don’t exist. Just do and say what you can
  • Don’t be afraid to show children how you are feeling

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help or support at this time.

Yours Sincerely,

Nicola Doward, Headteacher