Anniversary show must go on
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.
Ocean Reef Primary School students Zac Mettam, Lily Rose McSwain and Sophia Backhouse.
Damaged microwaves after the vandalism spree and (inset) a damaged television.