School plans memorial for ‘loved’ student lost to aneurysm
Eleven-year-old Sienna Walker-Brown took pride in helping to create what's known as the "frog pond area" at her school.
So it's fitting that All Saints Catholic Primary School, in Seaford, is planning to honour the nature-loving Year 6 student's memory by doing something special there.
Principal Liz Keogh said the school would place a permanent memorial in the frog pond area - a space that features native trees, a pond, and logs on which students can sit - in consultation with Sienna's family and classmates.
Ms Keogh said planting a tree or installing a bench in the Seaford youngster's honour were among the ideas under consideration.
"She worked with the teacher who had the passion for that (frog pond area) so she was involved in getting that planted out and designed," she said.
Sienna tragically suffered a sudden brain aneurysm at school last Thursday and never regained consciousness.
She passed away in Flinders Medical Centre on Saturday.
Ms Keogh said the school was "devastated" by the loss of the "well-loved student".
"As a Year 6 student, she had a wisdom beyond her years and a kind and considerate heart," she said.
"We will be forever grateful that our lives were touched by Sienna.
"She loved her family, her friendships and her school. And they loved her."
Ms Keogh said the school was providing support to its students as they mourned Sienna.
"Sienna's death is being deeply felt across Catholic schools in the Southern Region, with the family having close ties with a number of school communities," she said.
"We will continue to care for Sienna's family, particularly her sister and cousins who attend our school."
All Saints Catholic Primary School will hold a celebration of Sienna's life at an appropriate time in the future.
The school has been remaining open for an hour after home time each day to allow families to come in and pay their respects to Sienna, with many leaving flowers and notes for her.
It comes after Sienna's parents Matthew Walker-Brown and Marie Sulda, and her sister Geneva, paid a touching tribute to their daughter and sister on Sunday.
They described Sienna as a selfless girl who cared about the environment and took pleasure in the simple things in life.
"When we would walk down the beach, or venture to the shops, she would randomly compliment strangers; sometimes it was that she thought they had a nice hat, she loved their hair or their dog," they said.
"She always told us she didn't mind what people thought because it was important that we all took the time to make people feel special about themselves and brighten up their day."
Originally published as School plans memorial for 'loved' Sienna