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Dear Parents and Caregivers

Thank you to all parents and students for the kind wishes that Mrs Coles has received over the past week. As you can imagine, this is going to be a long road for the Coles’ family. Mr Chris Lee, a very experienced Maths teacher, will be teaching Mrs Coles classes in her absence.

Leighton’s funeral will be at Harbourside Church (48 Esmonde Rd, Takapuna) at 2pm on Wednesday, 1 March.

Transport will be available for Senior Students who wish to attend the funeral. Please reply to:
before 9am Wednesday if you want to book a seat for your student.
The bus will depart from Longmore Lane (normal bus bay) at 1pm Wednesday and return by 5:30pm.

To allow Senior School staff and some students to attend the funeral, the Senior School will be closed for instruction from 1pm on Wednesday. Senior students are free to leave the site by the end of lunch or go to the library where supervision will be available until the close of the school day. No Senior School students should linger on the school site after lunch. Please note that it is the responsibility of parents to arrange transport to the funeral.

Thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.

Graeme Budler
(Executive Principal)

Dear KingsWay School Community
It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Leighton Coles (ex-student and son of current Head of the Senior School Maths Faculty, Carolyn Coles) was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in the South Island today.

Please take note and be aware of the following:
- Take time to sensitively inform your child tonight regarding the incident.
- Some strategies that may assist you with sharing this information:

  • Allow your son/daughter to express thoughts and feelings regarding the incident
  • Try and normalise your son/daughter’s feelings and provide factual answers to questions
  • Take care not to lecture
  • Allow periods of silence for your son/daughter
  • Avoid religious platitudes e.g. God’s got it in control; God knows, clichés such as as ‘be strong’, ‘you are doing so well’ – understanding they reinforce a person’s sense of aloneness

While many students don’t know Leighton, hearing tragic news can sometime reawaken trauma that they have experienced in the past.
Many students have Mrs Coles as a maths teacher and will be feeling deeply affected by the news.
Many of the KingsWay staff will be processing the news and the delivery of the normal programme may be affected in the next few weeks. The management will monitor the situation closely and endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.

Counselling is available if required.
Please email: or
I request that you are considerate with contacting the Coles family and refrain from discussing this incident on social media.
Please uphold the family in prayer and I will keep you updated as and when any new information arrives and funeral arrangements.
Graeme Budler
(Executive Principal)


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