Grieving together

Grieving together

Grieving together 150 150 Simon Whitlock

To our community

The Roskill Way is diversity. The Roskill Way is aroha. The Roskill Way is not me or you, it is us.

The ripple effect of the terror attack in Christchurch for our country and the students and families we work alongside at Mount Roskill Grammar School is far reaching. We are heartbroken and shocked. Our deepest sympathies to Muslim students and families in your grief.

Mount Roskill Grammar School will support students and families whose lives have been forever changed. Our school has diverse communities who relate together with kindness, care and respect – a treasured taonga. In the spirit of whanaungatanga we walk alongside the students and families of our Muslim community.

During these times it is essential that we care for our students and families who are affected by these events. Most importantly, we strongly recommend students not watch, share or repost any video of the livestream or manifesto posted online. To watch it is traumatising, it’s not going to help and cannot be unseen. If you need someone to talk to about what has happened please contact one of the helplines listed below this message.

We will follow our usual routines when school resumes on Tuesday while also supporting our students.


Greg Watson


  • Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email
  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7
  • Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)
  • Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am-5pm weekdays.
  • What’s Up 0800 942 8787 (for 5-18 year olds). Phone counselling available M-F 12pm-11pm and weekends 3pm-11pm. Online chat is available 5pm-11pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.