Warrill View State School captains Kirra Butler, Shelby McQuilty, Billy Harsant, Amber Weale and Lilly Sherlock show off some of the money they have raised during Flood Aid 2011.
Warrill View State School captains Kirra Butler, Shelby McQuilty, Billy Harsant, Amber Weale and Lilly Sherlock show off some of the money they have raised during Flood Aid 2011. Rob Williams

Little school shows big spirit

IT’S a tiny school but some mighty big hearts beat inside the community-minded children and staff of Warrill View State School.

This week, the rural Ipswich school joined hundreds of schools taking part Schoolaid's Floods Relief Appeal Day.

It was a day to stand united and think of the tragedy and loss felt by the flood and cyclone affected schools and kids. A minute's silence was held and flags were lowered to half mast.

Warrill View principal Irene Williams said all the school's 35 students wore blue and made a gold coin donation for the privilege.

One lad even dyed his hair blue. Every student from Prep to year seven also bought iceblocks to raise money for the appeal.

“Today we raised $100. Just from 35 kids. That's great,” Mrs Williams proudly said.

“We're raising money for Brassall and Bundamba schools because they lost everything.

“We were so lucky, we weren't inundated. The kids know how lucky we've been.

“I think it's the whole family atmosphere. It's the way the community is – when you see another community struggling they all want to help.

“Everyone is so on board with what we're doing.”

The school, which also had a fundraising bush dance, has also partnered with Condamine to help the flood-affected western Darling Downs town.



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