VALE Matthew Wilkins
Dear Members of the Marcellin College Family,
It is with great sadness that I inform our community of the sudden passing of Year 12 student Matthew Wilkins.
Matthew is a much loved and respected member of the Marcellin College family and part of the graduating class of 2016. Matthew was a young man who will be remembered by his teachers and classmates as calm and mature. He had a smile for all those he encountered. Matthew was a very diligent student who achieved many academic awards and who always gave of his best to all aspects of his studies. He was a person of great humility who never sought the limelight for his achievements and who loved being a student of Marcellin College.
Today I visited with the Wilkins family to express the College’s deep sorrow for the passing of Matthew and to extend our support.
Matthew was admitted to the Austin Hospital at approximately 9am on Saturday 19 November with a range of symptoms, including a severe headache, abdominal pain and vomiting. He passed away later that afternoon.
It is our understanding that the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services are currently confirming the cause of death, at this stage believed to be Meningococcal meningitis. The College has been liaising closely with the Austin Hospital Infectious Diseases Registrar. We informed the hospital that Matthew completed his final VCAA examination on 9 November. As this is the last known visit to the College, the Registrar stated there is no risk to members of our community.
Your son may be affected by Matthew’s passing in many different ways. Reactions may include not wanting to go to school, crying, not wanting to be alone and lacking concentration. Should your son need counselling, please contact his House Coordinator and they will make any necessary arrangements. The normality of school routine can be of support to young people who are grieving and we encourage you to continue to support your son in attending school each day. The College support system includes Pastoral Leaders, House Coordinators, Student Counsellors and Heads of School.
We have all been saddened by Matthew’s sudden death. We keep in our prayers Matthew’s family, his younger brother James and his many friends. We also keep in our prayers all members of the Marcellin family as they come to terms with the loss of Matthew. In our time of grief and sorrow our community will come together in loving support for each other.
The College will communicate all relevant information and funeral arrangements via our website as details come to hand.
Vale Matthew; in God’s eternal care.
The Department of Human and Human Services has stated for further information regarding Meningococcal disease please visit the Better Health Channel website or contact Communicable Disease Prevention and Control on 1300 651 160.