Dear students, former students, parents, caregivers and whanau
Thank you for your messages, care, concern and presence over the last couple of days. The opportunity to say good bye, together as a kura was very special.
Ross's family are taking great comfort from your Facebook messages, and I will be sharing all the many emails received with them later in the week.
We will keep the memorial book in the school foyer this week for anyone else who would like to contribute to it.
Ross's family and close friends are having a private funeral this week. We will be hosting a memorial celebration for Ross on the 26th January in the Lower Hutt Town Hall. I will share more details on this event in the new year.
Some of our former students have donated money to the school so that we can place a bench seat or seats in the front garden in honour of Ross. He loved the front of the school and particularly looking out and seeing students sitting on the grass enjoying sun and friendship. He also loved seeing the many unique versions of backyard cricket played under the pohutukawa trees. Here is the link if you would like to contribute https://donorbox.org/bench-and-plaque-for-ross-sinclair.
Ross would have wanted to wish you all a happy Xmas break. He was looking forward to his regular holiday in Marahau. He loved the place as it always reminded him of his family Annabelle, Charlotte, Emily, and Alexander whom he adored. The family will return there this year with close family and friends.
Kia kaha HVHS kura
From Denise Johnson
Dear staff, students, parents, caregivers and whanau
Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a tane.
The totara has fallen in the forest of tane.
It is with great sadness that we share this news with you.
Ross Sinclair our beloved principal has passed away. He had been very unwell.
He died surrounded by family, his wife Annabelle, children Alexander, Charlotte and Emily and his very close friends.
The school staffroom and library will be open today and tomorrow for anyone who wants to gather.
From Denise, Tim, Kareen, Nick, Craig and Jodie