THE 12-month anniversary of the darkest day in the history of St Georges Basin Public School recently passed.
Sunday, September 30, 2012 will long be remembered by the school community and local residents because it was the day when 120 students lost their classrooms in a fire.
The building destroyed and irreplaceable, many specials things also went up in flames.
The building housed some of the special projects the year 3 and 4 students had been working on.
The projects were gone forever but the resolve to bounce back from the devastation was strong.
“The fire brought us closer together,” said Parents and Citizens president Tracey Mandavy.
Mrs Mandavy remembers the terrible call she got in September last year.
“I was at the beach with my children at the time,” she said.
“I did not believe it at first and thought it could not be our school.”
However, the grim sight of the blackened smoking building greeted her when she arrived at the school.
She gathered near the smoky ruins with many other parents and local residents.
Mrs Mandavy’s son Tsar was one of the many upset children.
“Tsar was stressed and worried it was his classroom,” she said.
The only way to reassure Tsar was to take him to the school.
Mr Mandavy said sadly lots of the children’s personal items were destroyed in the flames.
The children lost things like pencil cases, rulers and even four sets of eye glasses were destroyed.
The day after the fire offers to replace some of the things, like stationery, came flooding in.
Mrs Mandavy and many others will always be grateful for the way the community supported them in their time of need.
A fund-raiser was held at the St Georges Basin Public School and $15,000 was raised, which was used to build a storage shed for the things that could be salvaged from the damaged building.