Fr. PJ Nyland SDB
Rest in Peace
It is with deep sadness that we have to inform you that we learned this morning of the unexpected death of our school Chaplain, Fr PJ Nyland. This is very sad news for Father PJ’s family and friends, our school and our community. We are deeply saddened by his passing. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Nyland family and friends and the Salesian community.
A proud native of Mayo and a member of the Salesians, Father PJ was one of the first members of staff at Ratoath College, appointed as our Chaplain in 2005.
Father PJ had an extraordinarily positive impact on our school. His selflessness and care for our students was unparalleled in its depth and reach and, while our hearts are broken today, we can take some solace from the sure and certain knowledge of the great many lives he has touched and helped in his 16 years at Ratoath College and throughout his life.
Aside from his pastoral role as our Chaplain, Father PJ was also central to the sporting life of the school, giving action to his deep love of the GAA through coaching many football teams over the years.
Offers of support have been pouring in to the school and these are greatly appreciated. Our school are implementing our Critical Incident Management Plan.
We have contacted the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and they will continue to support us and advise teachers in their efforts to assist our students at this time and on the reopening of school for the coming academic Year.
NEPS have a suite of resources for parents that may be of benefit in helping your child through this difficult time - click here to access these. It is possible that your child may have some feelings and questions that he/she may like to discuss with you. It is important to give factual information that is appropriate to their age.
You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging them to express their feelings. All children are different and will express their feelings in different ways. It is not uncommon for children to have difficulty concentrating or to be fearful, anxious, or irritable. They may become withdrawn, cry, complain of physical aches and pains, have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares. Some may not want to eat. These are generally short term reactions. Over the course of the days to come, please keep an eye on your child and allow him/her to express their feelings without criticism.
Young people frequently turn to social media to see what others are saying, or to find out more. At these times it is important that you monitor their use and engage with them about what they read. We urge you to emphasise and reinforce the need to be extremely sensitive and careful about what they post.
Click here to view notice in relation to funeral arrangements.
If you would like any further advice you may contact the school on 01-8254102.
Posted: Wednesday, 11th August 2021