An­niver­sary show must go on

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

IT’S full steam ahead for Ocean Reef Pri­mary School’s 30th an­niver­sary fete this Satur­day. Or­gan­is­ers haven’t missed a beat de­spite the com­mu­nity wak­ing to shock van­dal­ism at the school last Fri­day.

OCEAN Reef Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Peter Black­well praised the com­mu­nity af­ter the van­dal­ism that shut the school for a day last Fri­day.

Peter Black­well said the school re­ceived many of­fers of sup­port af­ter win­dows, two mi­crowaves and elec­tronic white­boards were smashed be­fore 2am.

He said the school com­mu­nity was “fab­u­lous” af­ter hav­ing to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for chil­dren at short no­tice.

“The com­mu­nity was awe­some,” he said.

Mr Black­well said glaziers and clean­ers had been at the school on Fri­day be­fore the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment would fur­ther as­sess dam­age and what needed re­plac­ing.

Sev­eral com­puter screens were smashed as well as a fish tank.

P&C pres­i­dent Kat Back­house said there had been many of­fers of help af­ter the mes­sage got out to par­ents that the school would be closed for the day.

“It will take a while to re­place three smart white­boards de­stroyed,” she said.

Po­lice, who es­ti­mated the dam­age at $100,000, have charged a 16-year-old boy.

He has been charged with two counts of ag­gra­vated bur­glary, two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age and stealing. He is due to ap­pear at Joon­dalup Chil­dren’s Court on Novem­ber 27.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Ocean Reef Pri­mary School stu­dents Zac Met­tam, Lily Rose McSwain and Sophia Back­house.

Pic­ture: Re­becca Nicholls/7 News

Dam­aged mi­crowaves af­ter the van­dal­ism spree and (in­set) a dam­aged tele­vi­sion.

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