I work in a Catholic high school in regional Australia.
On the weekend, 22 of our students and 2 staff went on a ski trip to the Australian ski fields down near the NSW-Victorian border (google “Thredbo NSW” and you’ll get the picture).
As for many years in the past, it was billed as a weekend of fun and excitement.
About 1.30 on Saturday, a 16-year-old female student in the group skiied into a tree and died instantly.
The grief of her classmates is palpable. What her parents and two little brothers must be experiencing would be beyond description. Many of her teachers are also very upset.
She was a good student, a fine singer, friendly, outgoing and fun-loving. My involvement with her was mostly because I’m usually the musical director for our school musicals,and I’ve had a fair amount of involvement with her in that capacity. She starred as “Gertrude McFuzz” in our recent production of Seussical the Musical. Without any hyperbole at all, she was excellent: funny, talented, engaging–just like in real life.
And, in a second, she’s gone. Just like that.
I’ve been wandering around the school all day, trying to keep busy, not knowing how to react.
Anyway, if you can spare a prayer for Hannah, her family, her friends, her teachers, it would be appreciated.