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Goldfields storm sparks community spirit

 | 23 November 2017

In an inspiring act of community spirit, teachers, school staff and parents rallied together in the wake of a storm that swept through the Goldfields over the weekend.

Kambalda West District High

Happy volunteers at Kambalda West District High School.

Nearly every school across Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kambalda and Coolgardie was closed on Monday after damaging winds of up to 107km/h brought heavy rain and hail.

Most schools were left without power and many faced a big clean-up after debris was spread across school grounds.

Kambalda West District High School was one of the schools affected, and principal Denyse Delfs said it was amazing to see the car park filled with vehicles when she arrived early on Monday morning.

“Teachers, cleaners and office staff were already at the school, helping the gardeners with the clean-up,” she said.

“Many were there from first light, raking to clear the grounds of the mountains of leaves, large sticks and debris. Lots of them came even though their own homes and cars were damaged.”

Hannans Primary School was also affected, with principal Kylie Mclerie calling for the community’s support on social media.

“Many of our parents were cleaning up damage at their own properties and were still happy to help make sure the school was ready for business once the power was back on,” she said.

Hannans Primary School.

The clean-up at Hannans Primary School well underway.

“It was fabulous to see the community band together to support each other under such extreme circumstances.”

Goldfields regional executive director, Milton Butcher said he was proud of how the communities of all the schools affected came together.

“After the terrible weather on the weekend, it was great to see so many staff and community members get involved to make sure schools could reopen as soon as possible,” he said.

“Thankfully all schools have welcomed back staff and students now.”