Sad News – A great loss

Dear parents, carers and wider school community,

Our school community was deeply saddened yesterday to learn of the death of Mrs Hannah Lamptey. In recent months everyone at TLA has been supporting Mrs Lamptey and her family as she battled a particularly aggressive form of cancer.


Mrs Lamptey was an outstanding teacher who cared very deeply about the success and wellbeing of each and every one of our pupils. We will all miss her very much and we will spend many difficult moments grieving this loss.

Today we informed our pupils of this sad news. This news is very difficult for all of us to accept and we will need to support each other during the grieving process. This morning many pupils have written letters which we shall pass on to Mrs Lamptey’s family with all our condolences.


We want you to know that all teachers and all school staff are here to help pupils in any way that we can. All class teachers are ready to assist any pupils who may want or need to talk with someone about how they are feeling.

Experiencing, witnessing, or even hearing of a traumatic incident such as this may affect a child or adult in a variety of ways; therefore, it is very important that pupils and teachers be given ample opportunities to ask questions and to talk about their reactions. For some children a death of someone they know may remind them of some other loss in their lives.  For others, this may be their first encounter with death.

When reacting to a traumatic incident, pupils may display a variety of behaviours and these may include the following:

  • Clinging closely to adults
  • Displaying regressive behaviours
  • Appearing not to be affected
  • Thinking about it privately
  • Asking a lot of questions
  • Appearing frightened
  • Appearing agitated and angry
  • Appearing sad and withdrawn
  • Displaying difficulty sleeping
  • Stomach aches and/or headaches

We request that you please make an extra effort to listen to your children during this time. It is important that you deal honestly and directly with any questions that they may have.  Referring to death as “passing away” may result in confusion and it is appropriate that you use the word “death” in your discussions.

Below are some other suggestions that parents may find useful in helping their children:

  • Be a good listener. Listen carefully for any misconceptions or distortions your child may have.
  • Provide physical closeness. Spend extra time with your child.  Talk and offer reassurance.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and to discuss their feelings.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if we can be of additional assistance to you and your children during this difficult time.


M. Browne & R. Hadfield