Ashlawn School remembers loved ones lost during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ashlawn School remembers loved ones lost during the COVID-19 pandemic

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the first national lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, pupils and staff at Ashlawn School wanted to find a way to remember the loved ones lost during the last twelve months.

After considering various options for an appropriate tribute, the Pastoral Team and Art Department set to work on creating a dedicated COVID-19 Memorial Tree in the school canteen, a place at the heart of the school community for pupils and staff to come together, contemplate and remember.

For those that have lost a loved one, whether it is family, friends, neighbours or other people that were close to them, the memorial offers a chance to create a message of remembrance that will appear as a leaf on the Memorial Tree.

The school is also offering a range of additional wellbeing activities and targeted support for pupils and staff across the school in response to the pandemic, including bereavement support for those specifically affected.

Siobhan Evans, Principal at Ashlawn School, said: “The past year has been an incredibly challenging time for us all for so many reasons, but the greatest sadness is the tragic loss of so many lives.

“As a school community, we wanted to find a way to treasure the memories of the people who have sadly been taken from us, particularly for pupils and staff who have lost people close to them.

“Our memorial is just one small way for us to remember them and to support one another over the coming months.”