Dear PLHS Parent/Caregivers,
I am writing to you with more sad news about a member of our school community. Mr. Simon Bates – one of our staff members from 2019 – tragically passed away over the weekend. This adds to an already difficult time following the passing of Patrick Ryan the previous weekend.
Today, and over the coming weeks, you may be concerned about your child’s reaction or expressions of feeling about the news. These reactions and feelings may be part of the grieving process. I also encourage you to let them know that you are aware of this incident and that you will listen to their concerns at any time they wish to share them. Staying connected and engaged with your child is one of the best ways to support them.
Our school will be concentrating on supporting our students and staff over the next months. This means, among other things, returning the school to normal routines as soon as possible and recognising that students can be affected by this event for many months to come. If your child is already using the services of a mental health professional, you should ensure that this information is passed onto them. A list of helpful websites and services can be accessed here.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns about your child.
Mr. Todd George (PLHS Principal)