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Tributes flow in for BIS Phuket student

PHUKET: The nine year old British International Student killed in a car crash last Thursday has been described as a “wonderful, fun-loving young girl” by her headmaster.

Monday 3 December 2012, 09:06AM


A temple ceremony and funeral for Kurrannee “Wan” Lattuada-Lancini were held at the weekend at Chalong Temple.

Wan, in Year 5 at BIS, was killed instantly on Thursday when the pick-up she was travelling to school in collided with a tour minibus near Wat Chalong.

BIS headmaster Neil Richards said the whole school community was devastated by the crash.

“Our deepest condolences go to the parents and family, and also to her classmates and their parents, friends and teachers. It is important to us all that we honour the memory of this wonderful, fun-loving young girl, and her friends have helped each other through discussions on how best the school is able to do this.

“On behalf of the school community I would like to express my gratitude for the many messages of sympathy that we have received from members of the wider community. It gives comfort to us all that this tragic accident has touched so many people, and that we have been in their thoughts throughout this difficult time.”

BIS acted as one of the hosts for Wan’s funeral service, and students planted a tree at the school in her memory, wearing orange ribbons at the school in her honour.

Today and tomorrow, BIS will dedicate its musical production The Pyramid to Wan, as many of her classmates from Year 5 are in the production.

The driver of the minibus is expected to face charges.

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