HM Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad news about the death of The Queen last week, The Department for Education has written to schools stating that: “The official date of the State Funeral is 19 September 2022. This day will be a bank holiday and settings that are normally closed on a bank holiday should close on this day as a mark of respect. This will include schools and colleges.”

Notre Dame High School will therefore be closed on Monday 19th September, opening again on Tuesday 20th September.

Students and staff marked the occasion on Friday by attending a special form group session where prayer and reflection for the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her huge historical importance as a monarch were the focus. In particular we gave thanks for her life of service inspired by her faith.

Students were wonderfully respectful as they stood for a minute’s silence and listened to the National Anthem.

Staff are aware that events like this can be upsetting for students, especially if they have recently suffered a bereavement of their own, and we are mindful that some students may need some extra support at this time.