School rocked by deaths of two students just days apart

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A Queensland private school is grieving the loss of two students who died just two days apart.

On Friday, Mitchell Norris, a Year 9 student at St Brendan’s College in Yeppoon died following an ATV accident in Bungundarra.

The 14-year-old was taken to hospital following the accident, where he died due to the head and chest injuries he sustained in the accident, 7News reported.

On Sunday, it was confirmed Year 7 student Eli Kent died following a battle with cancer.

Two students from St Brendan's College in Queensland died just days apart in two seperate incidents. Source: Facebook/St Brendan's College

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful boy Eli on Sunday afternoon. He was incredibly loved by so many people and will be sorely missed," a 'Rise for Eli' Facebook post said.

A statement from St Brendan's College, obtained by News Corp's The Morning Bulletin, confirmed the deaths of the "two much-loved members" of the College. 

“Both will be missed by St Brendan’s College and the wider community," the statement said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families and their friends."

The statement also said the wider Catholic community and Queensland Health would be providing counselling for students and staff.

According to a post on the Rise for Eli Facebook page, Eli had another round of radiation earlier in August.

Year 7 student Eli Kent was battling cancer and died on Sunday. Source: Facebook/Rise for Eli
Year 7 student Eli Kent was battling cancer and died on Sunday. Source: Facebook/Rise for Eli

The post from August 12 said Eli wasn't at school due to his energy and mood being low at times.

"I know he misses the SBC boys and his mates who he struggles to catch up with lately," the post said.

Mitchell and Eli's deaths are not the first the school endured this year.

In January, Rhys Yore, a student in Year 11 died in a car crash while teacher Peter Bartlett died of cancer.

Rhys and Mr Bartlett also died just days apart.

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