New beginning: About 400 people gather at the Lameroo Regional Community School to officially open the new building on Thursday.LAMEROO junior school students recently presented the Country Fire Service with a thank you trophy for saving most of their school from fire two years ago.
Fire destroyedthe technology, art and science wing of the Reception to Year 12 school in 2013, buton Thursday about 400 people gathered to celebrate a new beginning for theLameroo Regional Community School.
Staff, students and the community came together to celebrate the official opening of theschool’s new $3.4 million building.
Principal Annette Williams described the action packed event as a fabulous time.
“It was the Mallee region that celebrated, the town of Lameroo that came out and it was an opportunity for us to say thank you to the community for their support and letting us use their buildings when we didn’t have our own,” she said.
“The fire was a tragedy in lots of ways but what we have two years later we couldn’t have fundraised ourselves.”
For some time, the school’s junior students have been fundraisingto buy the CFS a trophy as a way to publiclythank crewsfromLameroo, Parilla, Pinnaroo and Karoonda for preventing the firefrom causing even more damage in the early hours of October 4, 2013.
It was a special moment when student representatives presented LamerooCFS captain Brad Zerk with the trophy at the new building’s official opening.
Ms Williams described the thank you presentationas the highlight of the day.
“It was really quite a touching moment,” she said,
“Even though they weren’t able to save our building, the CFSdid save the rest of the school from going up.”
For 18 months after the fire, the studentsshuffled classrooms, used every corridor space, studied in the town hall and used the bowling club’s kitchen for cooking lessons.
Staff and students excitedly moved into the new building in April and Ms Williams said every one loved it and its state-of-the art technology and facilities.
The new building comprises computer suites, a nine-bay commercial kitchen, top rangescience labs, 3Dprinters, solar panelsand a brand new art kiln in the art studio, that the previous facility never had.
The Department for Education and Child Development’s executive director of infrastructure Ross Treadwell officially opened the new building at 10am on Thursday, November 19, which was followed by a morning tea for parents and invited guests and a lunch for students.
The school’s student president Kurt Miegel emceed the day’s proceedings while Ms Williams and Mr Treadwell spokeabout the school’s bright future.
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