Tributes for Aivy
School mourns ‘bright, beautiful’ girl
TEACHERS and students have paid tribute to a “bright” and “beautiful” teen who was tragically killed on her way to school on Wednesday.
Aivy Nguyen, 14, was just minutes from her Ringwood home when her journey to Heatherdale train station ended in tragedy.
A truck driver struck the schoolgirl while turning near Dampier Grove on to Maroondah Highway.
Police would not confirm if Aivy was wearing headphones at the time of accident but said it was a line of inquiry.
Yesterday, teachers and friends remembered the much-loved Mount Alexander College student for her smile and “bubbly” personality.
Principal Wayne Haworth told the Herald Sun the year 9 student excelled in “everything she did”.
Some of Aivy’s favourite classes included advanced maths, English, women and sport and pre-VCE biology.
Mr Haworth said Aivy also loved her runway fashion classes. “She was a real gun at that one,” he said.
“Aivy was very creative and applied herself to everything she did. All her teachers described her as a true leader.”
Mr Haworth said despite Aivy being at the school a short time, arriving midway through last year, “her personality and her friendliness meant she made really strong connections”.
“She made an impact at the school, she was a great student and she had a passion for learning,” he said.
Mr Haworth said the school community had been deeply saddened by the tragic loss “of a beautiful young student”.
“This news has had a profound impact on many students and staff, and I know that our community will band together and support each other throughout this time,” he said. “We will be doing everything we can to support those who need it during this difficult time. Teachers, well- being staff and counsellors are available at the school to talk with students.”
Mr Haworth said the school community’s thoughts were with Aivy’s family and friends.
Friends of the popular teen also left tributes on social media yesterday.
Fatima Seifeddine described Aivy as an “amazing and generous” person.
“She was really good in class and would help.
“She will be missed by the millions of friends that she has and especially by her dear family. RIP Aivy.’’