John Forest Secondary College community rally around chaplain Phil Glossop after fire destroys his home

John Forrest Secondary College students and staff raise money for Phil and Dianne Glossop.
John Forrest Secondary College students and staff raise money for Phil and Dianne Glossop.

BALLAJURA residents Phil and Dianne Glossop’s world changed when their family home of 15 years was gutted by fire last month.

Mr Glossop was enjoying a game of golf on holiday from his job as John Forest Secondary College YouthCARE chaplain, when he received a frantic phone call from his wife on April 22.

“We both quickly rushed home and saw the fire brigade; the house was pretty much gutted by then, there was smoke everywhere,” he said.

“Just about everything was lost, a few items that my wife and I found; 10 or 15 photos, my laptop is no good but we’ve asked someone from the school if they can get the photos off it.

“We’ve got our passports but very, very little else.”

The fire, which began at 10am, caused about $450,000 worth of damage to the insured house.

“We loved the house, we were planning to spend the rest of our lives there, I don’t know what’s going to happen now,” Mr Glossop said.

School principal Melissa Gillett said students decided they had to help the chaplain and hosted a black-and-white dress-up day last weekto raise funds.

“Before we even formally told the students the devastating news, they already knew and wanted to help,” she said.

“We are grieving with him and this is just a tangible way for us to give back a small amount of the (six) years of support we have received from him.”

Mr Glossop said he was “honoured” the way the school community supported the pair.

“Words can’t express my gratitude and thankfulness to the school, the staff and even the families of the children,” he said.

Mr Glossop went back to work Monday after a week off and Ms Glossop returned to her role at Malaga Dental Clinic.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Ms Gillett said if the community wanted to support the pair to call John Forrest Secondary College on 9473 4000.