Vandalised Currambine Primary School moves on


Principal Geoff Smith in the vandalised kindergarten classroom. “Obviously our students were disappointed.”
Main picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d465356
Vandalised Currambine Primary School moves on
Vandalised Currambine Primary School moves on
Principal Geoff Smith in the vandalised kindergarten classroom. “Obviously our students were disappointed.” Main picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d465356

WHEN faced with trouble, the resilience of a school community rarely falters – Currambine Primary School can vouch for that.

Staff and students arrived at the Ambassador Drive grounds on Thursday to be greeted with news that two teenagers had |allegedly ransacked a kindergarten classroom in the early hours of the morning.

Not to be too rattled, classes continued in the library as cleaners worked to clear the damage, which included paint splattered across walls and students’ work stuffed into toilets.

Police have accused the youths, aged 14 and 15, of upending drawers, cutting the cords of costly electrical items and setting fire to a tyre, which officers found burning in a sandpit.

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Investigators charged them with criminal damage and aggravated burglary.

By Friday, swift repair work had left little evidence of the vandalism.

Principal Geoff Smith |explained the young students’ reaction to the incident.

“Obviously our students were disappointed with the manner in which (the school) was treated,” he said.

“We spoke directly to the young people in the class and also to all the (other) students about the matter and moved back to normal school routines as quickly as possible.”

The school’s Facebook page thanked the “many families” who had offered to help.

One reader commented saying it was awful for the school but “Currambine PS has a strong community spirit”.

The teenagers, both from Ocean Reef, are due to face Joondalup Children’s Court on February 21.