The school building where the body of water polo coach Lilie James was found after her horror murder will be demolished.
St Andrew’s Cathedral School, in the Sydney CBD, sent an email to parents on Friday, letting them know the staff toilets will be torn down as the school and wider community try to come to grips with Ms James’ death.
The 21-year-old was found with “serious head injuries” in the gym bathroom by police just after midnight on October 25.
It’s understood she had ended a five-week relationship with colleague Paul Thijssen, 24, before she was killed.
Mr Thijssen was seen leaving the gym on Wednesday, and he had called police telling them where to find Ms James’s body.
His body was later recovered by police at Diamond Bay Reserve in Vaucluse.
In the email to parents, St Andrew’s principal Dr Julie McGonigle said the area had been blocked off by builder’s hoarding since the incident, and confirmed it is being pulled down.
“This week the James family visited the School to see the floral tributes, cards and gifts left for Lilie,” Dr McGonigle wrote.
“As with every time I have spoken to them, they showed deep concern and compassion for how our students are coping at this time. That in itself is testament to the calibre of this family.
“Please continue to uphold them in your prayers.”
Ms James’s students plan to wear a black armband while playing Saturday sport in honour of their water polo coach.
The school will also honour Ms James by having a minute’s silence during each game played on Saturday.
While normal sport has resumed, water polo training has been paused until November 8.
In a school newsletter on Monday, deputy head Brad Swibel said students had been given access to 11 counsellors from neighbouring schools to help them with “an incredibly difficult day.”
Mental health counselling service Headspace also held an online seminar with students and staff on Thursday.