Trib­utes flow for ‘beau­ti­ful’ El­lie

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Par­ents, teach­ers and pupils have been left dev­as­tated af­ter a sev­enyear-old girl died at her school.

El­lie Marie Kurth, 7, died at the grounds of Walton School last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

El­lie is the daugh­ter of Walton school prin­ci­pal Jeremy Kurth and se­nior hub teacher Anna Kurth.

The school was cel­e­brat­ing Matariki with a shared Hangi, which was be­ing un­cov­ered on school grounds at the time, a state­ment from the school’s Board of Trus­tee said.

Po­lice con­firmed they were called to the school at 1.55pm, along with an am­bu­lance.

It was un­der­stood El­lie’s con­di­tion wors­ened and de­spite med­i­cal at­ten­tion she died at the scene. Her death has been re­ferred to the Coro­ner.

‘‘The beau­ti­ful El­lie passed away at school sur­rounded by peo­ple who loved her,’’ her fu­neral no­tice read.

‘‘Loved daugh­ter of Jeremy and Anna, car­ing lit­tle sis­ter of Brenna.’’

The BoT spokesper­son said the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s trau­matic in­ci­dent team was on site to help the staff and stu­dents through the tragic loss.

‘‘This is of course a ter­ri­ble shock for her fam­ily, staff, stu­dents and the wider Walton School com­mu­nity,’’ they said in a state­ment.

‘‘This is of course a very sad and dif­fi­cult time for our tightknit staff and school com­mu­nity who are pulling to­gether to deal with this tragic event. Our col­lec­tive thoughts are with the Kurth fam­ily in this ter­ri­ble time of loss.’’

‘‘To our beau­ti­ful lit­tle El­lie Minelli, why did this hap­pen?,’’ a fu­neral no­tice printed on Mon­day said.

‘‘We are so in­cred­i­bly heart­bro­ken at the thought of life with­out you. You were so spe­cial to so many peo­ple and brought laugh­ter and light to our lives ev­ery sin­gle day. You and Brenna are ev­ery­thing to us and al­ways will be. Your beau­ti­ful spirit al­ways shines and will never ever dim. We miss you El­lie. Sleep tight our dar­ling girl. We love you so much, now and for­ever x.’’

In 2013 El­lie’s mother fundraised $1700 for the Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at Mid­dle­more to re­place a stolen iPad.

Anna’s daugh­ter El­lie had been re­ceiv­ing reg­u­lar treat­ment at the hospi­tal to treat a rare skin con­di­tion.

Trib­utes have been flow­ing for the ‘‘beau­ti­ful soul’’ on a post about El­lie’s death on the school’s Face­book page.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion head of sec­tor en­able­ment and sup­port Ka­t­rina Casey said the deputy prin­ci­pal would be man­ag­ing the school while the prin­ci­pal is on a pe­riod of leave.

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El­lie Kurth, cen­tre, in 2013 with her sis­ter Brenna and Mid­dle­more Foun­da­tion fundrais­ing of­fi­cer Joanne Hand. The girls helped fundraise $1700 for the hospi­tal (file).

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