Hillcrest Primary School – Incident
16 December 2021
The Department of Education would like to extend its sincere condolences to the families impacted by the tragic incident at Hillcrest Primary School earlier today.
This tragedy will impact us all greatly as we come to terms with dealing with this horrible loss.
Our immediate priority is to focus on the support for those affected by this tragedy, including the students, staff and the broader school community. We have put in place a support team at the school today, led by Trudy Pearce (Deputy Secretary – Learning).
There will be a collective effort across the community to support our families at this time.
DoE is coordinating a range of services as a critical response, to support students, families and the community. Our approach is being guided by Senior Psychologists who are trained in critical incident response.
We have a team of professional support staff on site to provide immediate support to students and staff. This includes school psychologists, social workers and chaplains.
A range of local support services will be part of the coordinated support for children and families directly affected by the incident
What has occurred today is a tragedy. There are no words that will take away the grief that those impacted families are feeling today.
We urge members of the broader community to reach out for support in this difficult time. A range of local support services are part of the coordinated support for children and families directly affected by the incident:
- Family-based Care counsellors – 1800 684 098
- Tasmanian Health Service North West Social Worker Services – 0437 073 162
- Rural Health Tasmania – 0429 448 219
- North West Counselling Services – 0475 612 823
There are a range of 24 hour support services available:
- Lifeline 13 11 44
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
- Mental Health Helpline – 1800 332 388
- Beyond Blue Support Service – 1300 224 636 (24 hour helpline)
For resources to help you in talking to your children about this devastating tragedy we have a list of Trauma Support Resources.