The family of Isabelle Colman, who plunged to her death during schoolies week on the Gold Coast, have taken comfort in her friends' comments that they had never seen her happier than on her final day.
Friends of the 17-year-old visited the Colman family to reassure them that Isabelle was happy before she died and that her tragic death had cast a dark shadow over the annual school leavers celebration.
Isabelle's father Mike Colman, who is an award-winning journalist with Brisbane's Courier Mail, said his daughter's friends told the family "Isabelle was really happy and they had never seen her so happy".
"She was having a great time. She was with her friends," he said.
The events leading up to Isabelle's death remain uncertain and Mr Colman has expressed doubt that they will ever find out the whole story.
"I don't think police will ever know. It's a natural thing to draw conclusions but we probably won't know."
Isabelle Colman died on Thursday night after falling from a highrise balcony on the Gold Coast.
Police say the teenager was alone when she fell from the 26th floor but they are still trying to piece together the circumstances leading to the plunge.
Isabelle's school principal has described her death as "the worst nightmare" and says the school community is relying on faith to deal with her loss.
Mt St Michael's College principal Alison Terrey says everyone at the Catholic girls' school, in the inner-west Brisbane suburb of Ashgrove, is feeling the loss.
"This is really a tight-knit community," she told reporters on Friday.
"We love our students dearly and they know that.
"It's the worst nightmare that could possibly happen to the family."
Ms Terrey said the Catholic school turned to its faith for support.
"We prayed for the family, we prayed for the student and we prayed for the community," she said."We find enormous strength in our faith at times like this."
Ms Terrey said she spoke to about 60 students on the Gold Coast on Friday morning.
Counselling services were also provided at the school for students who had already returned.
Ms Terrey described Isabelle as a popular student who planned to take her creative talents in photography and drama further at university.
"Isabelle was a delightful young woman," she said.
"She was really well loved and liked by students.
"She was a class captain, so she was respected by her peers and by her teachers."
Ms Terrey said she would consult with the Colman family to organise a tribute at the school.
The school's office has been inundated with flowers and cards.
Isabelle was the third Colman sibling to attend the all-girls school.
Source: Courier Mail
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson.