Statement From Mr Ropati Regarding Monday´s Bus Crash

 Update: Wednesday 19 November, 10.00am

 Dear parents and caregivers of Howick College
The school has been inundated with messages of support for which we are extremely grateful. The injuries reported were confirmed as minor and some follow up with each student took place yesterday. All are doing well considering the trauma they experienced. School counseling support was offered to all students and staff affected and this will continue for as long as required. The investigation by the police into what caused the accident continues and we are committed to fully co-operating with them. 
 
Yesterday, the school management team and board, alongside some independent advisors completed an initial review of our response to the accident and plan to seek more information from parents and students about how they perceived we managed the situation. Parents and caregivers directly involved in the accident will be personally notified shortly of this meeting.
 
 We continue to focus on the well being and safety of our students and staff and are again thankful that there were no serious injuries.   
 
 Iva Ropati,
Principal
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Update: Monday 17 November, 5.00pm

Dear parents and caregivers of Howick College
At approximately 10.45 am this morning, Monday the 17th of November a bus containing Year 10 Howick College students, who were travelling to the Pinnacles for an overnight excursion, was involved in an motor vehicle accident.
 
The students who were on the bus involved in the accident, were treated immediately by the emergency services upon their arrival at the scene and some were taken to Thames Hospital as a cautionary measure, but all have since been discharged.
 
At this point in time, all of the information known to myself and the school has been released on the website and any further information will be updated on the website as it comes to hand.  The emergency services are still investigating the cause of the accident.
 
Can I please take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and students who were involved in this traumatic incident today for their mature response and behaving in a manner that I am truly proud of.
 
I would like to also thank the parents for your assistance and allowing our team to work on our priority which was ensuring that your children and staff were safe and out of danger.
 
This is a timely reminder to all parents, that if you hear of any incident occurring at the college, to please ensure that you check the school website regularly as we will place any updates online as soon as anything comes to hand.
 
Iva Ropati
Principal
 
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Update: Monday 17 November, 4.00pm
Following the serious bus crash this morning where fourteen students were injured and taken to hospital, six have now been discharged. Eight students are still being assessed by hospital staff but these continue to be of a lower level medical injury.
It is anticipated that all remaining students will be released from hospital by 5.00pm this afternoon.
 
IL Ropati, Principal
 
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Statement:
It is with regret that I announce that fourteen of our students were injured in a bus crash this morning when on their way to an outdoor pursuits camp. We don’t have all the information at this stage, but what I can confirm is that all fourteen students remain at hospital in a non-serious condition. The remaining students are being transported back to the school.
 
Two school staff members and a member of the Ministry’s support team remain at the hospital with the students.
  
We are doing all we can to support everyone who has been affected by this. We have our school counselors on call and have the support from the trauma team at the MoE. We are also working with authorities to find our exactly what happened. 
 
We request that all media contact be made through the school and not directly to students or their families.
Thank you,
IL Ropati, Principal

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Arrangements for Tuesday 18 Nov:

The school will operate as usual. An assembly for students will be held in the morning. From 8.30am to the end of the day, school counsellors will be available in M1 on a drop-in basis should any students require support with dealing with the traumatic event. The counsellors will also run a group de-brief session at 11am.

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