4th September 2017
As we approached the end of the last academic year, enjoying all of the school trips and looking forward to our summer holidays we did so with mixed emotions and heavy hearts as we learned that one of our Year 7 pupils, Skye Aitman, would not be returning to Whytrig this year. Tragically, Skye lost her battle with cancer after it had suddenly returned and died at home on Monday 17th July. She was only twelve years old. Skye had joined us in the Summer Term and was settling into life at Whytrig, making new friends and getting prepared for Year 8; the chance to make a new start. At the age of nine she had been diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a type of children’s kidney cancer and had battled to beat it two years ago, so when we had the unexpected news that she was poorly and in hospital in the penultimate week of term it came as a big shock to everyone. The children in her Year group made cards for her, to let her know we were thinking of her. Sadly, Syke had passed away within a week. When staff attended her funeral at Blyth on 26th July, we learned that she had earned a Braveheart Award in 2015, presented to 30 of the most deserving and inspirational children from the North East and Cumbria to recognise their bravery and courage. She had also won a competition to have a design painted on to one of the vehicles used by the charity Daft as a Brush, which transport cancer outpatients free of charge. Skye was at Whytrig for only a short time, but she had begun to establish herself in our School community. We hope to arrange to have a fitting tribute to her for our school grounds and plan to have fundraising in school this year. She loved butterflies and the colour purple, so maybe they will provide some inspiration. Our sincerest thoughts and love are with Skye’s family and friends.