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Dr. Rajakumari sadly missed by all


 

Friday 17th April 2020

Dear Kingsford Pupils, Parents and Carers,

It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I must share the tragic news that Doctor Louisa Rajakumari, a much-loved and gifted Kingsford teacher, sadly died this morning after contracting the Coronavirus. Dr Rajakumari had been on a ventilator for several weeks, bravely fighting for her life. The school has been in regular contact with Dr. Rajakumari’s husband and whilst we were aware that Dr. Rajakumari's condition was steadily deteriorating, we held on to hope. Sadly, in spite of all their efforts hospital staff were unable to save Dr Rajakumari’s life.

Dr. Rajakumari has left us to take her place in heaven

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Dr. Rajakumari in her classroom in January 2020

Dr. Rajakumari’s was a highly talented, dedicated and experienced educator who had a deeply spiritual and inspirational personality. She was superbly qualified and an exceptional English teacher. As an international educator of the highest calibre, Dr. Rajakumari devoted her life to supporting and developing others. She will indeed be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts, deepest sympathies and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this difficult time of loss and bewilderment.

Many of you will have known Dr. Rajakumari personally and related to her as a much valued, respected and loved member of the Kingsford Community School family. She was one of those very special people who everyone liked. She was a truly brilliant English teacher and very popular with her colleagues and pupils for whom she always showed great care, not least 10K5, her Year 10 Tutor Group.

I know that this very sad news will come as a tremendous shock and that you and your child will be incredibly saddened. You and your child along, with other members of the school community will react to this news and grieve in different ways. Please remember that when someone dies, children and young people can experience a range of feelings, such as sadness or anger. Some may feel shocked and upset by the news, while others may be confused or numbed into unusual and sometimes false resilience. These reactions are all normal. As ever, Kingsford Community School will try to provide every support that we can, to you and your child. Your child’s Tutor will be in contact with your child next week, to discuss our loss as well as your child’s engagement with the extensive summer term learning provision. There are alternative special arrangements in place for 10K5, Dr. Rajakumari’s Tutor Group. Supportive resources are available in the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ area of the PSHE section of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where your child can access pastoral care support provision. There are also, a number of organisations that provide bereavement support to children and young people such as the following organisations:

1. Child Bereavement UK: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

2. Winston’s Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Guide-to-supporting-grieving-children-in-education.pdf

3. ChildLine: Telephone: 0800 1111 or https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/feelings-emotions/when-someone-dies/

The extensive mutual support we have across our school community has been a consolation as we live through these difficult times. Please be advised that my leadership team, the School Welfare Officer, The Reverend Canon Ashford-Okai and I, are available should your child wish to talk or seek solace via: NEWHAM@kingsford.newham.sch.uk

When the school reopens, Kingsford staff, pupils, parents and members of our wider school community will be remembering Dr. Rajakumari together at a special memorial service. In the meantime, the school has set up the Dr Louisa Rajakumari Memorial Page so that members of the school community can express their condolences, share memories and celebrate Dr. Rajakumari’s life. Dr. Rajakumari’s memorial page will soon be accessible at https://www.forevermissed.com/louisa-rajakumari

I know I speak for us all in saying that we will always remember Dr. Rajakumari extremely fondly and with huge respect. I am sure you will join me in sending our deepest condolences to Dr. Rajakumari’s husband, daughter, grandchildren, family and friends at this truly sorrowful and incomprehensible time.

Yours sincerely,

J. Deslandes

Joan Deslandes OBE, Head Teacher

 

 

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