It's been a horrible week.
Last Saturday afternoon one of our senior students lost her life
in a road accident. She was a stunner - a school leader, full of energy
and into everything, popular with her peers and the juniors,
respected by everyone.
18 years old and her whole life ahead of her - except, it wasn't.
I can't describe the pall of sadness which hung over the whole school
community all week; in fact, over the whole of our small town.
So many people knew her, her mother, her 4 siblings...
I was already coming down with a flu-type bug which eventually
forced me to take sick leave from Wednesday onwards.
On Friday, school was closed - the funeral was taking place in the
auditorium at midday, and there was no point in trying
to have a normal school day, for students or teachers.
I was still unwell, so I didn't see or hear the outpouring of grief
which I am sure took place.
She will be greatly missed.
|Lake Whakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand|