Teenager dies while visiting interstate on a school camp.

Terribly sad news today, it has been reported that a 17-year-old Melbourne student has died while on a school camp in South Australia.

The boy from the prestigious Huntingtower School in Mount Waverley died on Monday night, principal Shotto Bowen said.

He had been on a year 11 camp with about 75 other students at the Plumbago sheep and cattle station, as part of the school’s “outdoor education experience”.

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The school’s principal, received a call at 5:30pm on Monday indicating a teenage boy was ill at a camp.

Mr Bowen did not make a comment on the student’s cause of death, saying that other students were already on the way home and parents were today being notified of the “devastating incident”.

“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the sad passing of a year 11 student on the camp to Plumbago Station”, Mr Bowen said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Our thoughts, sympathies and prayers are with the student’s family and friends, and with the students and teachers who were on the camp.”

“The camp has been cancelled and the students are returning to Huntingtower.

“Counselling is being provided for the students and staff, and the wider school community.”

Mr Bowen would not comment on the cause of the boy’s death, saying only that South Australian police were preparing a report for the coroner.

“It’s a very, very sad day for us,” he said.

More details to come.

  • That’s so sad to hear about! I hope there’s an update on this to put my anxiety at ease


  • I’m very curious what happened. Every parents fear. Dreading when my children are old enough for school camps


  • How heart breaking!
    I’m curious as to what happened. I hope that the school is taking responsibility.


  • Poor darling, that’s so devastating.


  • Very sad to read this article. Deep condolences to his family


  • poor kid. i hope everyone can get the support that they need to deal with this. that student’s passing will effect the community.


  • Very, very sad news. My thoughts are with the family and the school community. That is a very sudden illness.


  • This is so sad for all involved. They said on the news that the student was feeling unwell before he died


  • Terrible news. Thoughts go out to the family and the other students and staff on the camp.


  • So hard for all concerned to come to grips with. The other students on camp as well as the teachers would be completely devastated. It will be nice to know what the student died of, as it was very sudden.


  • So very sad for his family and friends. Condolences.


  • so sad. my thoughts and prayers are for his family


  • A very tragic story. My thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man.


  • My heart bleeds for this poor family. :'(


  • Dying on school camp… it’s absolutely devastating! :-(


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