Holy Rosary welcomes students to a new school year

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Holy Rosary welcomes students to a new school year

Strong community support, good planning and communication, and the tireless work of Catholic Education staff ensured Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School was ready for the beginning of a new school year, despite losing four classrooms to a deliberately lit fire in January.

In a short timeframe of four weeks, the damaged classrooms were made safe and secure and the site cleaned. Following approval by council, temporary accommodation in the form of demountable buildings were delivered to the school, which were fitted out in readiness for students.

“The action taken shows the tremendous support resource we have across Catholic Education Tasmania. The work of the staff at Holy Rosary and the Catholic Education Office was second to none with many people returning from annual leave to ensure that the critical response was in place,” said Catholic Education Tasmania Acting Executive Director, Sean Gill.

Holy Rosary Principal Bernadette Brooks described the support the school received in the past four weeks as ‘incredible’.

“There is no way we could have put anything together without Adam Mulcahy’s coordination … and also Sue Reardon, our business manager. Lauren McCallum, our deputy principal … Cameron Brown who checks on us regularly … Mt Carmel [College] who immediately offered 108 desks for our students, and chairs … our teaching staff … the school community has been incredible.”

Ms Brooks said while there had been many different emotions to address, students and staff have settled in well to the start of the school year.

“The fact that they walked into what is their new home, their new rooms, is making a huge difference. We have additional staff and counselling … and we are talking about what happened as a school.”

Ms Brooks and Mr Gill acknowledged the “outstanding service” received from Catholic Church Insurance, and thanked Tasmania Police and the Tasmanian Fire Service for their prompt and efficient response to the fire.