School Makes Huge On-Field Heart For Injured Student

Classmates' remarkable message of support for friend injured in rugby tackle.

A Queensland school has sent a huge message of hope and love to an injured child, with hundreds of fellow students marking out a giant heart on their football oval.

Alexander, a year nine student from Brisbane's St Joseph's College Nudgee, suffered a serious neck injury last week while playing rugby. The boy underwent surgery and the school said his injuries were "significant", but that he was in a "remarkable" condition considering the incident.

"Alexander continues to draw enormous strength from his Nudgee College mates, teachers and coaches who have been visiting," the school said in a statement on Facebook.

"Four of Alexander’s close friends escorted him from ICU to his hospital ward today. [Alex's father] said it is this wonderful level of support that is pushing Alexander to recover, and to be back with his mates."

The school has been updating the community on Alex's condition, sharing messages from fellow students and the boy's family.

Alex is one of at least four school rugby players who have suffered serious injuries in recent times, with Rugby Australia announcing this week that the headmasters of Queensland GPS schools will be reviewing each case individually.

On Friday, hundreds of students came together to spell out a huge message of support for the injured boy on the school's football oval.

Students assembled a giant heart, and the message 'be strong Alex', in support of the injured teen.

"Be Strong Alex will remain written on Ross Oval for the remainder of the rugby season, as the Nudgee College community continues to hold Alexander and his family in our thoughts and prayers," the school said.

"Alexander will be moving to the rehabilitation unit on Monday where he will also commence ‘back to school’ work. Alexander’s determination and strength has been remarkable, and truly inspiring.

"On behalf of Alex and the family, Mr Clark would like to thank the Nudgee College community for their constant offers of help and regular visits this past week. It has been this outpouring of kindness and generosity that has been Alexander’s greatest support."

"Alexander is looking forward to a strong performance from the rugby and basketball teams tomorrow in Toowoomba against TGS."