IT HAS been a hectic few months for Yenda Public School, which was forced to evacuate when floods inundated in March.
Now, with a target date set for their return home, things should soon get back to normal.
They have been working out of the temporary school in the former Kalinda School, but principal Derek Noffke has placed a big circle on the calendar around Monday, June 25, which is when students and staff will head back to their old school site.
While Mr Noffke admits the past three months have been a challenging time for staff, students and their families, he was quick to praise how well they have responded.
“Everyone should be proud of the way they have met the challenge and continued productive teaching and learning,” Mr Noffke said.
“It has not been easy as there was the initial shock of the flood and then many of our families are continuing to live in temporary accommodation.
“Students have responded so well to their temporary surroundings and the school has played a central role in ensuring their welfare.
“I would especially like to pay tribute to our teachers and staff and the part they have played in making life so comfortable for our students and maintaining their educational focus.”
Mr Noffke is hopeful the builders undertaking the work will be finished on time. He said it was now just a matter of putting finishing touches on to the school.
“Griffith Public School have been wonderful hosts and allowed us to use their facilities,” he said.
“Department of Education and communities staff here in Griffith and further afield have done all they can to smooth things out, minimise disruption and get us back to our own school as quickly as possible.
“The broader community has been so generous, understanding and helpful.
“There have been many fundraising events and offers of help, both financial and labour, from a wide range of community members.
“We also appreciate how the school bus company was so flexible and helpful with the change in routine.”