School principal Brenton Robins is thankful for the support from the south coast’s business community. He is pictured at a fund-raiser fete in December 2014. The south coast’s business community has reached out to help a local school affected by fire.
The Victor Harbor Business Association held a fund-raiser dinner for the town’s public primary school at the McCracken Country Club on Wednesday, December 10.
About $7500 was raised at the event for the Victor Harbor R-7 School, which received $1 million damage in a fire on Saturday, November 8.
The money came from an auction, a raffle, and a portion of ticket sales.
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Member for Mayo Jamie Briggs flew in from Brisbane that day to attend the evening. Other guests included Member for Finniss Michael Pengilly and City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp.
The school’s principal Brenton Robins and governing council chair Kerri Love spoke at the dinner about how the fire affected the school as an employer and a business.
This included the loss of resources by a number of staff, whose years of work and resources went up in flames in the fire.
Plans are in place for training some staff in online teaching methods, in particular the use of digital and mobile technology in the classroom.
The online methods taught to staff could be incorporated with technologies in the replacement building, which Mr Robins said he hopes will help in the school’s sustainability.
Mr Robins said discussing the employee aspect of the school was something the business community could resonate with.
He said the generosity of those at the dinner was very much appreciated.
VHBA vice president Nick Gormley said the dinner represented a different part of the community, wanting to make a difference.
Mr Gormley said the school’s facilities are used by the wider public for a variety of reasons, including swimming lessons and little athletics. The school gym is used by community clubs for training and games and the staff room is used for boat licence exams.
“It’s not just the damage done by the fire, it interrupts the fabric of the community,” Mr Gormley said.
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