The tiny Dunedin school slain siblings Bradley and Ellen
Livingstone attended is working with their devastated mother
to plan a lasting memorial to their short lives.
"When we go, we do not want them forgotten," an emotional St
Leonards School principal Jo Wilson said today.
Every day, 9-year-old Bradley walked his younger sister
Ellen, 6, the short distance to the school from their family
The children's mother Katharine Webb is being comforted at
the Dunedin of her elderly parents, Victor and Valerie Webb,
APNZ has been told.
St Leonards School, with its roll of 72 pupils, has opened
its doors yesterday and today for children and parents to
gather, support each other, and pay their respects.
The Ministry of Education and police have been providing
guidance to the school, who had contacted every family
individually after receiving the tragic news.
Both Bradley and Ellen were popular kids with many friends,
said Ms Wilson.
"They were both just lovely kids," she said.
"The community is coming together. We've got a whole heap of
kids, parents, and food, and we're just looking after each
"We all know everybody and so that's why we're doing that.
"Kids are doing what kids do. They're out playing, and then
they're talking. We'll keeping talking - that's the main
thing. And that's not going to stop, because they feelings
are not going to go away for a long, long time."
Now the school is planning an appropriate, and lasting,
Ms Wilson said she spoke to Ms Webb this morning about what
to do next.
"She's just got to get her around what she's going to do and
how she's going to move forward," she said.
"We're starting to get ideas from the community for tributes
or things that we can do."
Since Bradley, along with his mother, was keen on
orienteering, one idea put forward is the creation of an
orienteering track which could be named in his honour.
Another idea was to renovate the school library and somehow
tie it in with Bradley and Ellen, who Ms Wilson said was
"arty, and loved ballet, dancing and singing".
"We want to do something that is about them, and to provide a
lasting memory. When we go, we do not want them forgotten,"
The school has posted a bank account number on its website,
for anyone who wants to make donations.
"It's for Katharine, but having talked to her sister, it will
probably be for Womens Refuge, but Katharine can decide."