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STUDENTS at Denison State School may get an extension on their holidays as the school was inundated with water.
“We are expecting to open as usual but it’s up to the Department of Education and we are yet to be notified,” said Denison Principal Mark Hunt.
“They are asking all principals to contact their staff as to whether they are able to open through the main office in Brisbane.
“I have six new staff not here in Emerald as they are unable to get here, we are relying on roads to open or them to fly in. It is the same statewide.
“I was shocked when I waded through the floodwaters on January 2, to see how the school had fared. Unfortunately eight buildings were affected, including three classrooms, the library, new hall and all the undercover areas and adjacent storerooms.
“The school lost thousands of dollars worth of books that were on the carpet to be processed, but the books on the shelves were okay. Those books will have to be moved to the new hall temporarily so they can recarpet the library.
“Three buildings at Emerald Campus of Capricorn School of Distant Education, which shares our grounds, were also affected and only had the admin and hall buildings left untouched.
“Thankfully the next day, several staff and some parents came and started the cleanup. We managed to clean out one building of sodden carpets and cleaned and sanitized furniture. Many worked for almost 12 hours that day.
“We were joined by almost 20 workers from Goldings on Tuesday along with another 20 parents, two past school captains and CSDE and Denison staff. On Wednesday we were also assisted by workers from ATW and BMA and once again volunteers from our parent body as well as the community.
“By Thursday we had made a huge inroad into what had to be done to get the mess cleaned up.
“Without this community help I feel we would never have been able to clean the huge mess that greeted us the previous Sunday.
“I would like to recognise that and on behalf of the whole school community, thank all for their assistance.”
Alpha State School and Central Queensland Institute of Tafe Emerald were also inundated by water.