The funeral of an “inspirational” school head who wrote a moving goodbye letter to her pupils before she died will take place later.
Sue East, who led St Andrew’s primary in Bath, died in a hospice in December.
She told the children to remember that “fairy dust [is] to be found in every situation, no matter how difficult”.
One parent said Mrs East was an amazing woman, who was “absolutely inspirational” and she “couldn’t read the note without crying”.
The funeral is due to take place at Bath Abbey.
‘Joy and friendship’
In the message Mrs East said she believed she was going to die soon and she was “saying goodbye to all of you wonderful creatures”.
“You are all amazing children,” she wrote in the letter.
“Thank you all for sharing your joy and friendship with me.”
The letter also included passages of text from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis and a poem, and encouraged the children to draw a picture.
“I have loved my time at St Andrew’s. It’s an amazing school and you are all amazing children,” she wrote.
“I never thought that I could find so much joy in my work. Thank you all for sharing your joy and friendship with me.”
The full text of the message was shared on the school’s website.
In a letter to parents, the school said Mrs East’s health had “deteriorated very rapidly” and she and her family “have decided not to seek further treatment”.
“She has written the attached letter to the children explaining that she expects to die soon, and the class teachers have discussed the letter with the children today,” the letter stated.
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Katie Anderson, from Dorothy House Hospice, said Mrs East had a “spirit of determination”.
“Writing to all the children at the school, takes a lot to do when you’re poorly, fatigued and tired,” she said.
“To see that through was an amazing thing she did for those children.”