Flood-affected college brings classrooms to the students

A demountable classroom donated by Sydney Catholic Schools is lowered on to a truck before being transported to Trinity Catholic College, Lismore (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Seven temporary classrooms will allow 550 Catholic school students living in flood-ravaged Lismore to return to a more normal learning environment. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Three months after devastating rains lashed the Northern Rivers, Trinity Catholic College students will be able to return to traditional learning in the state-of-the-art demountables provided by Sydney Catholic Schools.

The classrooms – comprising four science labs and three general learning areas – will provide some certainty in a community still scarred by the big wet.

Almost 900 students have relocated to neighbouring sites while contractors clean the massive mould outbreaks following the February and March deluges.

Trinity Principal Jesse Smith said the “new” classrooms would enable almost 550 year 7 to 10 students to return to some sort of “normal” learning environment, while its year 11 and 12 students would remain offsite at the neighbouring Woodlawn College.

He said that while the future location of the school is in question, the immediate return of the students was now assured. Assessors are investigating whether the school will be rebuilt on the existing site in a “skyscraper” model or moved to higher ground.

The relocation by road of the seven demountables from St Patrick’s College Sutherland to Lismore proved a logistical challenge involving more than 50 trucks.


Demountable classrooms donated to devastated Lismore college (By Debbie Cramsie, The Catholic Weekly

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