Fire at Lakeland Senior High ‘galvanises school’

Principal Laurie Longworth. Picture: Matt Jelonek           d445366
Principal Laurie Longworth. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d445366

FIRE damage took the gloss off what should have been a week of celebrations but Lakeland Senior High School principal Laurie Longworth says the school is galvanised.

Two classrooms were destroyed before crews, who were alerted to an emergency at the school about 11pm on October 16, could extinguish the suspicious fire.

It put a dampener on what was to be a week of celebrating the school’s graduating Year 12s.

Mr Longworth said the school was able to manage a re-shuffle of students into different rooms.

“The response from students and the community has been first class,” he said.

“It’s an indication of how they feel about this. It’s disappointing that the spotlight wasn’t all on the Year 12s, but it’s galvanised us as a school.”

The two damaged classrooms will be replaced before the start of the 2016 school year.

The estimated damage bill from the fire has been put at about $400,000.