You may already be aware that the pupil undergoing cancer treatment is in your child’s class. As a school, we want to do everything we can to support Olivia and her family at this very difficult time.
On Monday 10th February, I delivered a short presentation and answered any questions that you had. As we know, young children ask lots of questions and sometimes we are unsure how best to answer them, so I am hoping this session helped.
When Olivia returns to school she will look different from the last time her class mates saw her. Olivia is obviously aware of this and a little worried about what her friends may think. We need to make her return to school a positive one and alleviate as many worries as possible. As a school, and in consultation with professionals who deal with childhood cancer, we believe that the best way to deal with this is to talk to the children in an age appropriate way in their class. I have been given some materials from Olivia’s Macmillan nurse which are recommended by the charity ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ to help me do so.
At the meeting on Monday I shared these materials with you. If you don’t wish your child to access such information, please let the school office know, so that I can make alternative arrangements for your child during that session.
The slides from the two presentations can be viewed here: