Flood-hit schools battle on with what they have
MORE than seven weeks on from the destructive floods which rocked Bundaberg, many of the flood-affected schools in the region are striving to get back to normal despite a lack of resources.
Lowmead State School principal Christine Pascoe said they had been quite well resourced before the floods hit, but were now in desperate need of sports equipment, educational games and books.
She said the school library once housed more than 11,000 books but were now well below 1000.
"We've lost a significant amount of books and other resources," she said.
"Those do take a long time to replace."
Mrs Pascoe said she was grateful for the ongoing donations from the public and the continued support from Education Queensland to help them get back on their feet.
"Classes are running normally, just with limited resources," she said.
"The kids are doing all right."
Mrs Pascoe said with constraints of resources available, teachers were doing the best with what they had.
"Although there is no coffee machine for the staff yet," she said, laughing.
Bundaberg East State School principal Doug Ambrose said students would not be able to return to their regular classrooms before Easter, and would have to make do with temporary class rooms until then.
"With some of the rooms, we had to take it right back to the shell," he said. "At the moment we are getting all the new cupboards fitted in."
Mr Ambrose said the primary focus was to make sure the kids were in comfortable surroundings and a stable environment.
"All the programs and routines are the same as we had before the flooding," he said. "Some of the staff facilities still need to be fixed up, but we can live with that."
He said the community support during this period had been overwhelming and they were still welcoming cash donations.
"The community support has been tremendous," he said