Quilt of kindness

Highgate Primary School kindergarten teacher Rose Forsberg with her charges. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412989
Highgate Primary School kindergarten teacher Rose Forsberg with her charges. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412989

The beloved kindy teacher lost valuable family heirlooms and years of memories in July when her weatherboard home in Bayswater burned down.

She and her family had lived there since 1988.

‘My cat woke me and I got up and as I went down the passageway I could see in the family area an orange light coming through the glass panel in the door and I went back out into the living area and there were flames across the roof,’ Mrs Forsberg said.

‘The forensic investigator thought the flames started in the flue because we have one of those old-fashioned Kent fireboxes, but I feel it started in the roof space.

‘I called the fire brigade and the emergency person said to go out into the street so the firemen would know where to come, and so I did that with my husband ” I just didn’t think for a minute that the whole house would burn down so I didn’t collect anything.’

The now-Maylands resident said her former home, a two-storey character cottage more than a century old, had burned very quickly.

‘Receiving the quilt from the children was quite overwhelming: it was so thoughtfully done,’ she said.

‘It’s like that first piece of precious memorabilia that will be passed on down through the family because we have no personal items now.’

Luckily, the heroic family cat Ichabod survived the fire and now happily resides at his new home.

Mrs Forsberg will return to teaching at the kindergarten this year.