Saltoun Primary School

Head Teacher’s Blog

Very sober thoughts this week. All of us have been affected by the death of Liane in East Saltoun. It is a difficult issue for all of us to come to terms with and our thoughts are with Amber, Amy, Kieran and the rest of the family. Sometimes, even for adults, it is hard to know how to react in situations and often we take our cue from others around us. As a staff, it’s part of our job to show children a caring, thoughtful, balanced approach in our day-to-day life and that’s what we tried for this week. I hope we got it right. It seemed to mirror what as happening in the community.
Everyone has a desire to help but may not know how. I was sent some information from John Muir House on bereavement counselling, which may be of some use at some point. But actually in small communities like ours the best resource we have is each other- we become an extended family. That is what happened in Saltoun this week and it is my personal feeling that that is the best comfort we can offer. There are times when living in a small community can feel a bit like being in a goldfish bowl, but most of the time the familiarity is bred from genuine interest and caring. It has certainly been friends and neighbours who have helped me through life’s lumpy bits- and also the routine and business of being at work.
Now, either you are a hugger or not. I am, and in my opinion, a hug is worth a hundred words. So, if you see someone in need of a hug for whatever reason this week- go for it. Most times you will be doing the right thing, if not blame me!
Hugs,
Lindy Lynn.



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