Church services, discussions and counselling session to help students deal with the American tragedy were held at the Hong Kong International School yesterday. The school has students from 40 countries and many of them are from the United States. Some are still waiting for news of loved ones. 'We had the teachers and principal talk with the students and had time with prayer and reflection,' said the school's director of community and resource development, Miltinnie Yih Jing-ming said. Ms Yih said teachers had discussed the reality of terrorism in the world with the students. She said it was part of the school's ethos for teachers to take time to discuss significant events with the children, because not discussing issues only increased worries. Head of School William Wehrenberg toured each campus and spoke to the students. In a letter to be sent home with students today, Mr Wehrenberg wrote: 'We are all stunned and saddened by the events of the last 24 hours. Our thoughts and prayers must be focused on those who have been injured and whose families have lost loved ones. We also must focus our support and prayers on our community in Hong Kong.' He said the school would operate as usual but support and counselling would be provided. Some students gathered in quiet groups to eat their lunch in the school grounds, while others took part in class activities and played sport in what appeared to be a normal school day, with perhaps fewer smiling faces.