18 Oct Sad news
On Friday 14th October, we received some terribly sad news.
I am sorry to have to tell you that a much-loved member of our staff Jennie Ebanks died last Friday after a period of illness. Children in years 1-6 were told yesterday in their classes, and many will have been quite distressed at the news.
Jennie had been working at Hanover for many years, and seemed a part of the fabric of our school. Her positivity and energy were infectious, and she was often to be seen dancing around school! Children and staff alike have been remembering all she did for them, and beginning to come to terms with this dreadful news.
Nobody wants to see children sad, but we are very aware that factual information and emotional support are the best means of helping children deal with bereavement. I am sure there will be many parents who are also saddened by the news. 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 myself or Polly. You may also find some very useful advice and resources online at www.childbereavement.org.uk
We do not yet know the details of the funeral. It is possible that school will be closed on the morning or afternoon of the funeral as staff will, of course, wish to pay their respects to a very popular colleague.
We would like to invite all members of our school community to write down their memories of Jennie, to be placed in a book of condolences. Please ask at the office for a piece of cartridge paper which can then be stuck into the book. Children may wish to draw a picture or write something down. We will also be holding a collection for the family. Please make any contributions through the school office.
I am sorry to be the bearer of sad news, but I appreciate an occurrence like this impacts the whole school community. I am so grateful for the thriving partnership we have with parents 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.