Emotions ran high this morning as our children were brought for the first time into their wonderful new classrooms. Joy, excitement, relief, sadness, gratitude…all shown in smiles, laughter, tears and hugs.
It is a temporary school without the temporary feel – already the school feels at home in the demountables that house classrooms, toilets, storage, offices and staff room, surrounded by decking, lawn and play equipment – and if you look away from the burnt surroundings and out to the familiar sea view, you could almost imagine that the fires never came.
Principal Matt Kenny held a short assembly on the deck to welcome the students to their new school, to reflect briefly on the year’s events so far, to welcome new staff and thank all who have helped us reach this milestone. Only just the day before, staff and volunteers had worked tirelessly to unpack resources and equipment in order to transform their rooms into comforting, welcoming, familiar environments.
Following the assembly the School Association hosted a morning tea in the fire station for parents and community supporters – an opportunity to see each other again, emote, laugh, drink tea and eat cake. It was also a time to direct thoughts to the future, to the building of the new school. The School Association will be working to raise funds and to plan ahead to ensure that what rises from the ashes is the best possible place of learning for generations of children to come.
Representatives from the Commonwealth Bank were there to present the school with gifts of library bags, i-pads and $25,000!! Thank you so much to the State Manager, Darren Fraser for this enormous act of generosity. And thank you again to the tradesmen who worked so very hard to get us to this day – in about 4 weeks.
But most of all, welcome back children – only a few days late!
Check out the stories and pictures in the Mercury – here and here: