It has been a turbulent and highly unusual school year that many of us want to simply put behind us, but we are determined that one tragic event in particular is not forgotten; the passing of Zaynab Bhula in Year 10.
A key aspect of this is a piece of writing that Zaynab produced in English and which her teacher, Mrs Woodhouse used in our “Memories of Zaynab” newsletter back in April. This has since been adapted into a poem and has been used repeatedly in school, most recently as part of our work on the Unitee programme; you can read it below.
A bench will be dedicated in Zaynab’s memory and her friends will select a line from the poem as an inscription to inspire positivity in the future.
We have plans to plant a cherry blossom tree in the future in a space to commemorate Zaynab.
All families in the school community will also be contacted via ParentMail to ask for donations towards the sinking of a well in
a developing country in Zaynab’s memory.
As has been said many times before, Zaynab may have been a quiet girl but there was real depth and compassion within her character and we hope the plans we have to commemorate her will reflect that.
As teenagers, we have a lot on our minds;
school work, homework, teachers and friends.
Sitting doing nothing gives us the break that we need
Peace and harmony, not worry and chores.
Lots of time working;
No – we need time doing nothing.
Teenagers and young adults: the seeds of our planet.
The roots, the stem, the leaves.
Let us unleash our skills, independence truth.
Why do you insist on questioning and challenging our future?
Our future: rightfully ours.
Let us grow, flower, flourish.
As young people grow and learn, we develop a sense of what is right and wrong.
Our moral compass evolves.
Accept what you know is right, refuse what is wrong.
As a plant grows, it adapts to its surroundings;
we do too.
We learn as we grow; develop morals and a sense of right.
Remember that a child learns what they live from the adults around them.
Mr Bowles, Year 10