Glenmore State Primary School students Chelsea Smith, Malisa Hirst, Tyrian Stitz, Jacob Wooley, Taylor Hallows and Jaiden Kiljour-Crane enjoying the new classroom that was rebuilt after it burnt down in 2010.
Glenmore State Primary School students Chelsea Smith, Malisa Hirst, Tyrian Stitz, Jacob Wooley, Taylor Hallows and Jaiden Kiljour-Crane enjoying the new classroom that was rebuilt after it burnt down in 2010. Sharyn Oneill

New classroom boosts school spirit

GLORIA Connor was devastated when the place she calls her second home was destroyed by fire in 2010.

The Glenmore State Primary School teacher said she considered walking away from her job when the classroom she had taught in for 30 years burnt down.

“It’s the memories I lost that made it so hard,” Gloria said.

She described treasured gifts from students and educational units she had taken hours to create and used to teach generations of grade six and seven students, all lost in the fire.

“We lost educational posters, DVDs, and a lot of things not covered by insurance,” Gloria said.

“Once you’ve been through a fire you worry if it’s going to happen again.

“And I just couldn’t go through the anguish again.”

But out of the ashes new memories are ready to be made, with the new building open and ready for a new term.

“And one thing that came through was the community spirit. It was brilliant,” Gloria said.

“I think the children from Glenmore High really felt our loss. They made packs of school supplies, and many people in the community and from other schools donated things.”

Gloria and principal Terry Janz said they were grateful for the generous donations made by Bunnings, Munros, Capricorn Education Resources, Milmans, Rockhampton schools and many others.

Gloria described the opening of the building as a celebration of the community.

And the teacher of 37 years will not be walking away from her students anytime soon.

“No matter what you lose in life you still have your family, and they’re like my own little family,” she said.

And it seems her “adopted children” are impressed by their new classroom.

“It’s fancier than the other classrooms,” Taylor Hallows proudly said.

But as any good parent or teacher will agree, there is always room for improvement.

“I keep asking Terry for a big fridge. We desperately need one for the children’s lunches,” Gloria said.

If you have a spare fridge you would like to donate to the school please give them a call.



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