Eight students and one teacher missing, while ESF anxiously waits to hear from 40 students Some students were offered counselling and support yesterday as the school term resumed on a sombre note with eight pupils and a teacher confirmed missing after the rolls were called. The English Schools Foundation also said after registers were checked that one school could not yet account for the whereabouts of 40 students. The Education and Manpower Bureau received reports of eight students and one teacher suspected missing from different schools. Six of the students had already been identified as missing by the Immigration Department or by media reports. Marco Lam Man-ngo, 13, a Form Two student from St Joseph's College; Lo Chi-ping, in Primary Four at Pui Ching Primary School; and brothers Cheng Tin-yee, five, and Cheng Tin-ho, three, from Victoria (South Horizons) International Kindergarten, were all confirmed by their schools to be missing in Thailand along with their families. Brother and sister Yvette and Christopher Dreher were also missing when the rolls were called. The German Swiss International School will today hold assemblies and class groups to mourn the loss of Markus Knoesel, 42, a popular biology, chemistry and information technology teacher, who died at a hospital in Krabi, Thailand, after he was hit by the killer wave. And the French International School was providing support for children grieving for Thea Marchal, 10, and her parents, who died in Thailand. The English Schools Foundation was checking on all absent teachers and students to find out if they were missing as a result of the tsunami and preparing to provide counselling if needed. Acting assistant secretary Chris Forse said no one was confirmed as missing but three schools had reported absent pupils, including one school with five families that could not be contacted and one with 40 students who were still unaccounted for. 'We are continuing to make efforts to contact these families to ensure they are safe,' he said. Schools affected by the tragedy informed parents and broke the news to their students at morning assembly. The vice-principal at St Joseph's College, Peter Ip Tin-yau, said the students had accepted the news calmly. 'When word got out that the tsunami swept Thailand, students were already prepared for the worst,' he said. 'They were sad but emotionally steady. 'We will hold a prayer session for Marco Lam and his family every day from now on. 'He is a very brilliant student, and we will pray that he and his family will be safe.' Students at Pui Ching Primary School were encouraged to post their wishes for the missing pupil and her family on the several boards at the school. Prayer sessions were also held. Maggie Koong, principal of the Victoria (South Horizons) International Kindergarten, said the school had decided to keep the news from their pupils because they were too young to understand. Psychologists and counsellors from the bureau and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society were sent to the schools to counsel students at the request of the affected schools. A spokesman for the bureau said its psychology service had provided one-to-one support for 12 students at four schools.