Bulletin #039 - NSW Girl Drowns on School Trip     

Girl drowns on school trip

Harriet Alexander

December 16, 2006


A SCHOOL excursion that was meant to celebrate the end of the school year became its saddest day when an eight-year-old girl drowned.


The year 2 student drowned during an excursion to a public pool in Glenbrook, in the lower Blue Mountains yesterday.


About 200 students from Cambridge Gardens Public School were swimming when the girl was pulled unconscious from the pool shortly after midday.


Glenbrook Swim Centre staff tried to resuscitate her but neither they nor ambulance paramedics could revive her. She was pronounced dead at Nepean Hospital, Penrith.


Police are preparing a report for the coroner.


A NSW Department of Education spokesman said counselling had been provided for the students and teachers.


"We've passed our condolences to the family," the spokesman said. But he did not know how she had drowned. "The matter is being investigated by police."


A Blue Mountains City Council spokeswoman declined to speculate on what caused the girl's death while it was the subject of a police investigation.


"Our pool was adequately staffed," she said. "I understand there were [also] quite a number of teachers there so it's a terrible tragedy but I don't think we can speculate about difficulties people might have had about supervision or not."


Police had interviewed distressed staff and the pool was closed for the rest of the day, the spokeswoman said.


"We've had counsellors to come and support our staff. We actually had a relief team of staff go down there and close the pool because we had swim teams coming in to train and we had a birthday party. We had a whole lot of things booked."



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