[Senco-forum] another plea for help, please
Philip.Garner at northampton.ac.uk
Fri Mar 2 23:23:18 GMT 2012
Positive thoughts to you, Abigail.
I'm scarcely qualified to provide recommendations, but I have found in the past that extracts from this common funeral poem have been a source of comfort and insight for young and old:
All Is Well
Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland
Canon of St Paul 's Cathedral
From: Abigail Hawkins [penguinabi at hotmail.com]
Sent: 02 March 2012 23:08
To: senco-forum at lists.education.gov.uk
Subject: [Senco-forum] another plea for help, please
I feel awful having to ask for help so soon after my last few problems but I’m a little stuck, can you help?
One of my Y7 SEN students was involved in a serious car accident earlier this week. She is currently in hospital on life support (Doctors are preparing everyone for the worst.)
We have been asked for a short audio tape from her friends and I have been co-designated the task of arranging this. I know what to ‘say’ in the tape (in terms of assisting the rebuilding of neural pathways should the doctors be wrong) but I’m struggling to find a short, appropriate poem for her close friend (who witnessed the accident) to read. Does anyone have any suggestions? It’s a bit awkward to refer to “family” in the poem as she is a LAC with siblings who have been adopted and relinquished all further contact.
The school also wants to run some road safety sessions as a result of the accident – but are reluctant to do so immediately. Does anyone have a suggestion of an appropriate timescale before doing this?
And finally, the bane of my life – facebook – is really adding some unwanted fuel at the moment in terms of the rumour mill. How do other schools control this? We are, again, reluctant to tackle head on since this tends to be a bit inflammatory and send everyone shooting for their mobiles to find out the latest posting and add some flavouring to it, yet on the other hand we know we can’t ignore some of the comments being made which are really unhelpful.
Thank you – (and that offer to swap posts with anyone so I can have a 10 minute break still stands!)
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