Col­lege, com­mu­nity farewells Corbin

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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.

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