Women of substance

Duncraig teachers Heather King, Jo-Anne Urquhart, Rosalie Brades, Sally McAlpine and Kate Hilder have received bravery awards for protecting children in their care.
Duncraig teachers Heather King, Jo-Anne Urquhart, Rosalie Brades, Sally McAlpine and Kate Hilder have received bravery awards for protecting children in their care.

For their quick decision-making Kate Hilder, Heather King, Jo-Anne Urquhart, Rosalie Brades and Sally McAlpine were announced as Australian Bravery Awards recipients last weekend.

All played a part in apprehending the intruder, who was carrying a 27cm chopping knife when she grabbed a child by the arm.

The announcement came as a surprise for Mrs King who said the students and staff had put the incident behind them.

‘It’s one of those surreal occasions,’ she said.

‘I couldn’t believe it was happening at the time and after I still couldn’t believe it had happened.’

She said the experience had created a bond between staff and the school community.

Mrs Urquhart, who called for an emergency lockdown, said there was nothing the teachers could have done differently.

She praised staff and students for their calm and orderly response to the incident.

Principal Tony George said he was proud of the staff who managed the situation in a calm and brave manner.