We would very much like to formalise your kind messages in a book of condolence for us to recognise Mark’s invaluable contribution at Wollaston School, and to pass on to Mark’s family. In the current circumstances this is not possible to write in a shared physical form, but we would invite all members of the school community to send messages, photographs or memories to firstname.lastname@example.org Mark’s closest colleagues and friends in the Humanities faculty will curate these messages into a physical book and we will share this on the school website and pass this on to Mark’s family so that they can appreciate the depth of feeling from our school community.
Such is the admiration, love and respect for Mr Wade, that I know that some students are planning to organise a physical tribute at the school gates. Of course we warmly welcome the school community paying their respects and want to facilitate this in the safest way possible. I know that you will especially appreciate at this time, the vital importance of social distancing and the responsibility on us as a school to avoid encouraging any form of public gathering.
The family have also asked me to pass on the message that if anyone would like to leave an alternative tribute to flowers over the weekend, then Mark would really have appreciated donations to the local foodbank. As many will be aware, Mark was deeply committed to helping others both locally and further afield and his family are clear that Mark would have wanted to help others even at this difficult time. We will leave plastic boxes for food bank donations near to the school gates over the weekend if individuals would like to make a donation.