It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this message to you the school community to inform you of the sad passing of Di Stendall our chair of governors.
Di passed away in hospital early this morning 30th July, 2020 following a lengthy battle with cancer. The strength she showed and the drive she had for fighting her illness was truly remarkable. This is a massive blow for our school, what a lady, a true inspiration to all.
I am sure you will join with me in sending condolences to her husband Roger and her family and friends at this devastatingly sad time.
Please send any messages of respect or even photos of drawings from the children to firstname.lastname@example.org and these will be placed in a photo book and sent to Di's family once complete.
Rest in peace
The beautiful Mrs Booth passed away on 15th November 2019 after a year long battle with cancer.
Mrs Booth worked here at High Oakham for 11 years.
She was a very wonderful teacher and taught many of you.
She has had a huge impact on our school, that means that she has done lots of things that have made a difference.
She touched so many lives, yours, your parents, the staff here – she made some wonderful friends here
Everybody is sad, everyone is grieving Grief is like a rollercoaster
You can be up, then down, then flat, then down again, then up
You can be sad, angry, really sad, happy, calm, sad etc..
At some point you get to accepting what has happened.
Getting to this point for different people takes different lengths of time
At school we had a table of condolence for Mrs Booth where the whole school community came and reflected, had a moment to remember and left messages in our special books.
Everyone in school tied a ribbon on our memory tree to show our love and respect for such a wonderful soul.
Mrs Booth's funeral, a wonderful, bitterly sad celebration of her life, was held on her birthday - 29th November 2019. It was exactly as she had planned it, a grand event filled with people who loved and respected her. Her brave and inspirational children did her proud with their heart warming and heart breaking speeches and her loving husband Mr Booth, talked of how she touched so many lives and will be so sorely missed - his best friend and soul mate. Our hearts went out to Mrs Boaler her dear friend and all her colleagues all who paid their respects and reflected on the part she played in their lives.
You can read Mrs Astle's tribute to Mrs Booth on behalf of High Oakham Primary School community. below.
Our whole school sang and recorded two songs which were played at her funeral - 'Seek ye first' and 'A million dreams' - you can listen to these below.
Our whole school community will remember Mrs Booth.
'And the songbirds keep singing like they
know the score' Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Come and sit awhile and remember and enjoy the view of our memory tree and the outdoors at High Oakham where Mrs Booth was at her happiest! A huge thanks to Mr Booth who has bought this beautiful memorial to his wife and our deputy head.
A life that touches others goes on forever