Class of their own


Hills Gazette - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

PEO­PLE made of­fers of help within hours of hear­ing about a van­dal­ism spree early on Tues­day at High Wy­combe Pri­mary School.

Prin­ci­pal Rick Wal­ters said there were smashed win­dows, ran­sacked class­rooms and bro­ken fur­ni­ture in school build­ings.

He said the dam­age was the worst he had seen in 30 years of teach­ing.

“We must have had more than 20 of­fers of help with the clean-up the next day and some of the of­fers came from peo­ple not con­nected with the school; the calls were from the wider com­mu­nity,” he said.

“Peo­ple posted mes­sages on so­cial me­dia and some peo­ple phoned the school with of­fers to re­place equip­ment and help with the clean-up.”

Ex­ten­sive dam­age to the early child­hood area and other build­ings forced ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties to close the school for a day so re­pairs could be made.

Mr Wal­ters said the raft of trades­peo­ple or­gan­ised by the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment in­cluded glaziers to re­place the 51 dam­aged win­dows and teach­ing staff later re­ar­ranged class­rooms “as they should be” in time for Wed­nes­day les­sons.

Par­ents thanked teach­ers when the school re­opened and the school’s P&C or­gan­ised a show of ap­pre­ci­a­tion by pro­vid­ing a staff morn­ing tea.

A Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman said the es­ti­mated re­pair bill of $50,000 would be cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

“Our aim is al­ways to get stu­dents back into school as quickly as pos­si­ble, so trades work quickly to make that hap­pen,” the spokes­woman said.

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