Volunteers back at school
WHILE most school leavers were at the beach or getting ready for Schoolies, a handful of ex-students from St Andrew's Christian School rolled up their sleeves to help in the massive effort to clean up their old school.
Armed with rakes, shovels and gardening gloves, Sam Irons, Josiah McDonald, Grace de Bruin and Luke Fischer were among a group of dedicated volunteers on site in Clarenza yesterday, cleaning up after wild winds wreaked havoc on the school on Tuesday.
Despite the hard labour and warm sun, the 18-year-olds were cheerfully working together to get the job done under the direction of school groundsman Glenn Baxter.
Former student Sam Irons was home in Clarenza when the storm hit.
He said while it didn't last more than a few minutes, it was chaotic and he was amazed how far some of the debris travelled.
"The shed's roller door was carried about 700m over the paddock to a neighbouring property," he said, pointing out a distant group of trees where several large pieces of roofing and tin came to land.
Ex-classmate Grace de Bruin, who lives in Maclean, said she had never seen anything like it happen at her school and didn't hesitate to volunteer when she was asked.
"It's a good school and a small school - we're like a family," Grace said.
"I was a little shocked when I saw the damage."
Josiah McDonald from Grafton said he planned to be there as long as needed to pick up the rubbish and do whatever was asked.
"I wanted to help the school out and repay the good stuff they've done for me," he said.
St Andrew's principal Mac Lindsay said he was grateful for the assistance volunteered by students.