College, community farewells Corbin
A promising sportsman who had much to look forward to in his final year at Matamata College was farewelled by whanau, teachers and school mates on Monday.
Hundreds gathered at the college to say goodbye to Year 11 student Corbin Morgan, who died after the ute he was in with three other boys, crashed on Maiseys Rd.
The 16-year-old had just gained his Level 1 NCEA qualification ahead of external exams and he would be remembered as a keen and promising sportsman with talent in rugby and basketball.
Matamata College principal Alan Munro, in a letter to parents, said Corbin had been looking forward to the college 1st XV rugby tour of Argentina and the challenge of Year 12 in 2017.
‘‘Corbin was a likeable young man with the world ahead of him and he is already missed.
‘‘As you will be well aware we have endured a tough week after receiving the sad news. On Wednesday morning we began the day with an assembly to express that our thoughts and best wishes are with the Morgan family in their time of grief.
‘‘I passed on my thanks to the student body for the way in which they pulled together to support one another the day the tragic news broke.’’
Munro said it was a traumatic time for students, staff and the community. At an assembly last week, he reminded students how important it was to show respect by working together, moving on with the school week and continu- ing to support each other.
‘‘I have been really impressed with how staff and students have responded and admire how well they have coped in this difficult time.’’
He reported that the others involved in the crash, had received the best of care at Waikato Hospital.
‘‘I reminded the assembly that in this time of loss it is important to acknowledge that many of us are still in shock and are rightfully very sad.’’
The college’s wharekai was set up as a supervised and safe place for students to meet and support each other, for those struggling with the loss.
Munro asked parents to keep an eye on their children and ask if they needed support.
‘‘... don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you feel they are not coping. Our collective thoughts are with the Morgan family and the other families and students affected by this tragic accident.’’
In 2015, Corbin Morgan was part of a group of Matamata College students who put the finishing touches on a home vege garden for Matamata girl Tamzyn Twiddle and her family. The garden crew, from left, Bryan Woodfield, Quinn Berry, Corbin Morgan, Aidan Lawrence and Jeremy Reichmuth.