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Memorial plaque unveiled 30 years on from tragedy

Memorial plaque unveiled 30 years on from tragedy

Thirty years on from the tragic death of Angaston Primary student, Theresa Schrapel, a new memorial plaque has been unveiled at the school.

Teachers, students, staff and special guests attended a memorial assembly held on November 28, which marked exactly thirty years from the day that Theresa was struck by a vehicle in Penrice on her way home from school.

Christian Pastoral Support Worker at the
school, Mrs Judy Tscharke put forward the idea to have the original memorial area re-dedicated to Theresa and the memorial plaque has been placed at the site where a tree was planted for the student following her death.

Plans to have seating placed in the scenic garden area are now underway to provide students and staff with an area to sit and reflect.

Former deputy principal of Angaston Primary at the time of the tragedy, Mr Ian Langley said that he still clearly remembers the tragic events of the Wednesday that Theresa lost her life.

He described Theresa as a bright and energetic pupil with an infectious, happy nature and a cheeky grin.

Theresa had alighted from a car and had been crossing the road to her home in Penrice
when she was tragically struck down by a passing vehicle.

The tragedy had a significant affect on the school and wider community at the time, with teachers, students and families stunned and shocked by the loss of such a bright young person.

Students and staff were visibly upset at school and Mr Langley went on to describe the loss of Theresa as one that should never be experienced again.

It was later decided that a tree would be planted as a memorial to Theresa, a site that has now also gained a tribute plaque.