Grantham students return to class
DEBRIS strewn across paddocks and destroyed houses are an unwelcome sight that has become all too familiar to residents in Grantham.
But a sense of normality returned to the small town yesterday when more than 50 students started the school year at Grantham State School.
Just days ago the school was called home for evacuees who fled for their lives as an eight-metre wall of water tore through the town on January 10.
More than 20 people died in the flash floods including former students of the school but yesterday it was all about restoring some normality back into the town.
Education Queensland regional director for Darling Downs South West, Greg Dickman, said he had been working closely with the school’s principal and staff for the past week to ensure the students would be well catered for.
“I’ve been at the school on and off for the past week to get a better understanding of what has happened and provide support for the staff, students and parents,” Mr Dickman said.
“Obviously the community has been through a great tragedy and a huge natural disaster but following that the community and school have received significant support and encouragement from all around Australia to help them back on their feet.”
Mr Dickman said the school classrooms had been set up in a manner the students were used to, to assist them settle in quickly.
“We really wanted the school to remain the same to show the children that not everything has changed,” he said.
“We’ve had our school guidance officer at the school during the past week and guidance officers there again yesterday and they will continue to stay at the school to watch and assist students.”