Back to school next week

Yass High principal Sandra Hiscock is hopeful students will be able to go back to their usual classrooms next week.

She said council was sorting out where to send the burned waste and, as soon as approval was given, the site would be cleaned up.

“We have a presentation evening on Tuesday,” she said, optimistic the school would be open by then. “We’ve booked the Baptist Church in case.”

For the remainder of the week staff and students will still be spread across Yass.

“Morale is pretty high,” Ms Hiscock said. “I’m really impressed with how staff have come together.”

“Everyone is handling it very well. We have very high attendance rates at the sites, which has been great.”

She said the school was uploading all the work online so those not at school have access to what their classmates are doing.

Year 10 has increased its connection with community groups, taking on more work for ‘Do Good Friday’ projects.

Meanwhile staff were taking the opportunity to network with their colleagues in other faculties.

Staff who lost years of resources will visit Goulburn and Queanbeyan schools this week in an attempt to gather information and equipment.

“They’re visiting four different schools to work with woodwork, hospitality and textiles teachers,” Ms Hiscock said.

The remainder of the school year might be a struggle for industrial arts students and teachers but next year was looking bright.

The principal said there would be demountables available from the start of the year until the building of a new area was complete.

“The positives are that we will get new industrial standard buildings,” she said.

The cause of the fire, which destroyed the industrial arts section of the school, is still unknown.

“I hope it’s not vandalism. It was an old building, I haven’t been told anything to suggest it was vandalism at this stage.”

Students won’t be going back to Yass High School site until at least next week.

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