Statement from Andrew Fell, Headteacher
Sebastian joined North Huddersfield Trust School in October 2020. As he spoke very little English, he worked closely with our Aspire (English as an Additional Language) team who helped him settle in, begin to build relationships and develop more confidence in his spoken English. It was obvious that he was dedicated to learning and particularly excelled in quizzes that tested knowledge of different topics designed to help his integration into school in a new country.
He would use Google Translate to communicate with others in his tutor group, including his form tutor whom he taught the Polish for ‘good morning’. It became a daily ritual for his form tutor to greet Sebastian in Polish, to which his response would be a polite smile and a nod, followed by the correct pronunciation.
Sebastian particularly enjoyed maths where he stood out amongst his peers and managed to make a huge impression on his teacher. He was incredibly keen to consistently improve and to show what he was capable of achieving; his efficient grasp of new concepts saw him regularly giving support to other students.
Sebastian was happy at NHTS; his spoken English improved significantly, helping him blossom from an initially shy student into one with much more confidence and a strong circle of friends. Caring, intelligent and fun-loving, he will be remembered for his charming smile, his sharp sense of humour and his kindness. He embodied what our school stands for in demonstrating a positive attitude to school, treating others with respect and showing a determination to make the most of his education.
Our close-knit school community is deeply saddened by the loss of Sebastian.
Fondly remembered, greatly missed.
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