Wavell High students help Bundamba
A BRISBANE high school has helped an Ipswich school in need by donating boxes of much-needed stationery supplies – plus a number of brand new formal dresses.
Largely unaffected by the floods themselves, the Wavell State High School community saw the damage Ipswich suffered in the disaster and decided they wanted to assist in some way.
Students took collections and with the help of their P&C committee were able to give Bundamba State Secondary College a large collection of stationery, plus the dresses.
While the Bundamba school was not damaged in the floods, principal Andrew Peach said 45 families at the school were affected by the flooding.
He said the stationery would be gratefully received by the families, and while admitting he had no idea about women’s fashion, believed the dresses would be a hit as well.
“It has been difficult for some families because they are flat out dealing with the damage caused to their home. Getting their kids to school is another problem they have to deal with,” Mr Peach said.
“Knowing they can get school uniforms and now all these stationery supplies will make it easier.”
Students from Wavell SHS leadership group presented their donations to Bundamba at an assembly on Tuesday.
Bundamba State Secondary College vice-captain Sarah Bosel said they were extremely grateful for the donations.
“It’s awesome, because we live in an area affected by the floods and some people aren’t in the best position for their last years at school,” she said. “They are really nice dresses, too.”
Wavell SHS acting deputy principal Peter Turner said the students at his school were the driving force behind the idea, with the P&C and staff also coming on board to support the effort.
“The students were very keen to help out. On the first day back the student leaders wanted to help another school affected by the floods,” Mr Turner said.
“It’s about reaching out to your friends in need.”
The nine formal dresses were donated by Brisbane business Pink Mint.