Corby school celebrates life of footballer Thomas

The balloon release by Class 13, Thomas' class
The balloon release by Class 13, Thomas' class

A special service was held at Studfall Junior School to celebrate the life of Thomas McNamee.

The 10-year-old died tragically last year.

The balloon release

The balloon release

Thomas’ family joined staff and pupils at a celebratory assembly where school friends remembered the popular, football-loving boy.

School friends Lucy Wengenroth, 11, and Mia McDougal, 10, performed a song written by Lucy about Thomas to the whole school, after which the school choir sang one of Thomas’ favourite songs, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.

The service then moved outside where Thomas’ family unveiled a wishing chair for use by pupils wanting to make a wish in the playground.

A Katsura tree chosen for it’s heart-shaped leaves was planted in the school forest area, marked by a memorial plaque by his family.

Natasha McNamee (mum), Lee Watson (step dad), Finn Watson, 8, Ewan Watson, 9, and Jack Watson, 14

Natasha McNamee (mum), Lee Watson (step dad), Finn Watson, 8, Ewan Watson, 9, and Jack Watson, 14

Finally, 450 red balloons, one for each student were released by all the pupils in Thomas’ Year 6 class, Class 13 as the school watched from the playground, singing a special re-written Studfall School song called Studfall is a Part of Me as the balloons rose into the sky.

Headteacher Louise McGeachie said: “It was a moving day full of emotion, but everyone did us proud and although we miss Thomas he’ll always be a part of us.

“His family could feel the love that was there for Thomas.”

The unveiling of a wishing chair by Thomas' step-brothers, step dad and mum

The unveiling of a wishing chair by Thomas' step-brothers, step dad and mum