Kalbarri students returned to their classrooms today after school declared safe

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Kalbarri District High School students have been learning in the Kalbarri Allen Centre since ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja rendered their campus unsafe.
Camera IconKalbarri District High School students have been learning in the Kalbarri Allen Centre since ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja rendered their campus unsafe. Credit: Supplied

Kalbarri students forced to learn off-campus for two weeks will return to the classroom this morning after their school was cleared of cyclone damage.

Kalbarri District High School staff returned to the campus yesterday to prepare for today’s arrival of students, who have been learning in the Kalbarri Allen Centre and St Marks Anglican Church since cyclone Seroja rendered their school unsafe.

The departments of Education and Finance and other agencies have been working together to remove debris and foliage and to repair damage.

Binnu Primary School students will continue to learn from the Binnu Town Hall, with supplies sent in from Perth, until the school is cleared to re-open.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said it was a testament to the hard work of the community that students were able to return.

“What an incredible effort by the community and multiple agencies to get Kalbarri District High School up and running so soon after the devastation of cyclone Seroja,” she said.

“I hope Binnu Primary School staff and students will also be able to return to their school soon.

It's encouraging that the community spirit is well and truly alive in Kalbarri and Binnu.

“I've heard some heartening stories of these communities coming together in what has been a really challenging time to do all they can to help each other.

“I've also heard the Binnu community has banded together to help the Lone Pine survive by keeping it watered and well-tended to.”

Parents will be updated whenever new information is available, and a team of school psychologists, chaplains and experienced principals will continue to be on the ground to provide additional support.

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