Stanwell State School students Branden Newton and Hope Geiger are disappointed after a thief pinched one of the school’s two Wii systems.
Stanwell State School students Branden Newton and Hope Geiger are disappointed after a thief pinched one of the school’s two Wii systems. Chris Ison Rokcstanwell

Wii theft upsets youngsters

A THIEF has wiped the smile of the faces of young students at Stanwell State School, such as Branden Newton and Hope Geiger, after stealing their Wii.

And to make the picture even more disappointing for students, the thief nicked three digital cameras sometime overnight Wednesday.

Yesterday, school principal Rosalie Welburn urged anyone who knew something about the break-in to contact the police.

Ms Welburn said the school's P&C had only recently bought the Wii, to replace another which was stolen in a break-in during the Christmas period.

"All the children are sad and disappointed," Ms Welburn said.

"They don't know why someone would do this to them and their school.

"We all take great pride in this school and look after it; you won't see a piece of rubbish on the ground here."

She said the school had 38 children, from Prep to Year 7.

It usually had two Wii's; one for younger children and the other for older students.

"They're great, there are lots of educational games and physical games you can use them for," Ms Welburn said.

"When its raining we can do the Wii Fit inside. It also teaches the students social skills where they have to take turns. We also use it as a reward and incentive for the students who have done something well."

As well as the stolen goods, the thief/thieves also caused about $1000 worth of damage.

"We've got a lovely P&C here and all those involved work hard for the students," Ms Welburn said.

"Everyone put a lot of effort into a working bee the other day.

"It's very sad and disappointing."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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