The St Leonards' community has paid tribute to "two lovely, caring and bright children'' following their deaths last week.

Notices published in the Otago Daily Times today paid tribute to Bradley, 9, and Ellen, 6, Livingstone, who were killed by their father in the St Leonards home the children shared with their mother, Katharine Webb.

A notice from the community and board of St Leonards School described Bradley and Ellen as "lovely, caring and bright children'', who had "so much potential''.

"Taken so early and so cruelly from us. Katharine, our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you and your family,'' the notice read.


Another notice paid tribute to Bradley's "quirky sense of humour, energy and unending devotion to your mum and little sister''.

"Your mum is a beautiful reflection of the love and light you brought to her world and we love you for that,'' it read.

A notice for Ellen described how she "brought joy and happiness to everyone you met''.

"Our little dancing queen, you wrote music in our hearts and we will continue your song,'' the notice read.

The notice to Bradley finished with - "You were mum's pride and joy and that bond will always endure. We'll take care of mum now, so rest easy and take care of Ellen''.

A service for the children will be held at St Leonards School at 2pm on Saturday. The family requested people give donations to Women's Refuge instead of flowers.