Bli Bli community shows spirit after school blaze
JUST like the phoenix, a strong community spirit has risen from the ashes of the Bli Bli State School fire.
The loss of six classrooms and educational resources a week ago has galvanised the community to ensure that the children won't miss out on their education.
Although emotions are still raw, principal Gerard Quinn said everyone involved wanted something positive to come out of the experience.
"I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of positivity from the community and offers of help," he said.
"Everyone has had their cry and a lot of people are still upset and angry.
"The experience has really bonded us (the school and community).
"We were already tight-knit before it, but we are even closer now."
To help replace lost educational resources Mr Quinn is encouraging monetary donations from the community.
"The money will be put to good use," he said.
A working bee will be organised in coming months to increase visibility in and around the school, to hopefully avoid something like this happening again.
"It is a proactive response to tidy up the tree line," he said.
"We will also have a sausage sizzle to thank everyone for their continued support and also for the kids to enjoy."
Mr Quinn, who has been principal at the school for seven months, said he was so proud and humbled by the efforts of his staff, the students and their parents.
"The staff and P&C have been superhuman in their efforts," Mr Quinn said.
"The kids and their parents have been magnificent too. Their resilience is inspirational."
The rebuilding process is already under way and meetings with architects and engineers will begin in the coming weeks.