Students weather effects of tornado
By Jamie Brown
IT WAS business as usual yesterday at Dunoon, despite a radically altered landscape.
Students returned to their damaged school, swapping stories of mayhem and miracle.
School principal Genevieve Slocombe said students who would have occupied the destroyed classroom took to their studies in the library and music room instead.
They wrote stories of their experience, shared them with teachers and school counsellors, and reflected on their close call. Their writings, together with press clipping and photographs, will be collected and placed in a time capsule to record the event.
"The students are quite resilient at the moment," Ms Slocombe said. "The staff have been incredible."
Anglican parishioners, meanwhile, mourned the destruction of their beloved St Matthew's Church, demolished by excavator yesterday because of storm damage. The Sunday service this week will be held in the Dunoon Uniting Church.
The Rev Vivian Hoskins, Rector of Lismore's Anglican Parish, said the sad storm happenings of the past month were tempered by the enthusiasm shown by parishioners and residents alike.
"We are aware of the strength of the community spirit in Dunoon and we wholeheartedly support that," he said. "But it's too early to tell if we will rebuild St Matthew's. When the rawness of the loss passes we will seek the views of the people."
Meanwhile, insurance assessors will inspect Lismore's storm-damaged St Andrew's Church today. "We'll discuss a program of restoration, with a focus on the roof," Mr Hoskins said.