Our assembly this morning was to acknowledge the sad news of Mrs Eustace's passing. Mrs Eustace, a much-loved and highly respected TA and Breakfast Club play leader, died on Saturday with her family by her side. The news has shocked and saddened us all. All our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Eustace's family at this very difficult time.
In assembly, I recalled how gentle and kind Mrs Eustace was to everyone. She will be sorely missed at Valewood. Everybody loved Mrs Eustace.
I have put a memory box in the Hall for children to express their thoughts, if they so wish. I explained to the children that it is OK to be sad and it is also OK not to cry because people deal with death in different ways. Children will be supported by staff as well as by our PSA and/ or counsellor, if they so wish.
In the coming days, we will organise a tribute to Mrs Eustace, to remember and celebrate her life in the dignified way that she deserves.
For now, I'd like to thank all our families, governors, friends, colleagues, children and local community for their condolences, kindness and keen messages of support. I will share the heart-felt messages with Mrs Eustace's family.
At Valewood, we live by our values and we will be there for each other at this very sad time.
More information about a memorial and a recognition of Mrs Eustace's time at Valewood will follow in the coming days. Thank you for your continued support, especially at this difficult time.