Tribute to Junior School student Samir West

August 1, 2016

It was with much sadness I write to inform our school community of the passing of one of our beloved students, Samir West, in Year 5. Samir passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Saviour last week. He had been unwell for some months and recently deteriorated despite the best efforts of his doctors.

Samir was adopted from Calcutta, India, by the beautiful West family. They brought him home to Sydney on 2 August 2010. Samir became the younger brother to his beloved sister Kaumudi, who was adopted from the same orphanage in 2006. Samir has been loved and blessed in his life here in Australia with his new family. Samir came to join the St Andrew’s family last year in Year 4.

Starting at the beginning of 2015, Samir was at first a rather shy young boy. It was apparent that he had a lot of physical challenges that very few people would ever have to face in their life. Samir was friendly and kind to the other students and eager to fit in. He never complained anything was too hard. He always endeavoured to apply himself to the best of his ability.

Samir loved to play sport. He joined the soccer team and thrived. Samir enjoyed cricket as well. He embraced all challenges before him, running wearing his splint the whole 2km course of the cross-country carnival (see image) – he was determined to enter it and very satisfied when he completed it.

Samir blossomed at school and made many friends. His peers enjoyed playing with him and being with him. They were proactive in looking out for him. Making friends and communicating so well with them was a testament to Samir’s hard work and effort in listening carefully to what others say and responding appropriately.

At school, Samir worked exceptionally hard in class and with the support staff and parents. Everyone who worked with him has something lovely to say about him. No matter what was put before him, Samir had a smile on his face and made the biggest effort he could. He will be sadly missed by us all.

Rhonda Robson
Head of Junior School

There will be a School Memorial Service for Samir on Tuesday, 9 August at 9.30am in the Cathedral. We will be celebrating, as a school, the life and fellowship of one of our own. Parents are very welcome to attend. St Andrew’s Cathedral School is collecting donations in memory of Samir. Proceeds will support the work of TEAR Australia and their partners in India who are working to overcome poverty and injustice. The TEAR foundation has projects in Calcutta where Samir was born. You can make your gift online in Memory of Samir.

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