A headteacher has paid tribute to her pupil Antonio Rego, who has passed away from a cancerous brain tumour at the age of eight.
Antonio, of Buckingham Park, Aylesbury, died on Tuesday after living with a tumour for about three years.
Dozens of people offered help when his mother Sarah appealed for assistance with the costs of his funeral service and a horse-drawn carriage has been offered at no cost for on the day, among other donations.
Aston Clinton School, where he was a pupil, has paid tribute to the ‘delightful little boy with a sunny disposition and a cheeky sense of humour’.
“The children have been told of the sad news in the classrooms by their teachers and letters sent home,” said the statement from headteacher Helen Shepherd and chairman of governors Jane Tomkins.
“He will be very sadly missed. Since Anton’s family were told his illness would be terminal his classmates have done a number of activities with Anton, including planting up tubs of flowering bulbs, to ensure that his memory will live on.
“They also produced a book of memories including many photos of Anton in school with his friends which was given to Mrs Rego to share with Anton on his birthday.
“We know many of the children and parents will wish to send messages to Anton’s parents and the children will have the opportunity to make cards, write letters or draw pictures which we will make sure are passed on. There will also be a book of condolence available in the hall after school for the next few days. All staff and children will be doing their best to support each other. We have called on professional advice from the education psychologist service to assist us in dealing with this sad loss.
“We are proud to have known Anton and for him and his family to have been part of our school community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.”