High School Driehoek disaster – Walvis Bay schools united in grief

The International School of Walvis Bay and Private High School Walvis Bay count among Namibian schools who this week united in grief following the deadly disaster in South Africa last Friday when a concrete slab of a walkway collapsed at the High School Driehoek in Vanderbijl Park, killing five children.

The International School designed a memorial wreath on which the school’s learners and teachers expressed their condolences to those who died and those whose lives are directly touched by the tragedy.
Walvis Bay Private High School learners are wearing a yellow ribbon for the duration of the week to remember those who died in the tragedy.
It is believed one of the pupils who died would have represented High School Driehoek later this year at the Walvis Bay Private High Schools annual Desert Sport Festival.
The concrete slab forms part of corridor that connects two buildings of the school. It collapsed on Friday as learners were using the corridor after assembly to go to their classes. Jandré Steyn, Roydon Olckersk and Marli Currie were killed instantly as the slab came crashing down. A fourth learner, Marnus Nagel, died on Sunday.
∙A memorial service was held in Vanderbijl for Steyn yesterday.

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