Bright future for school
MORE than 12 months after being gutted by fire, Toormina High School is once again whole, with work now completed on the $2.8 million refurbishment of the fire damaged maths building.
Delighted to have the mathematics block back in operation, principal Liz Donnan was happy to close the door on the past and look to a brighter future.
"The students and staff are very happy to have new, fresh-smelling permanent rooms to work in," Ms Donnan said.
"However the school never stopped functioning while we were in the process of rebuilding. We made it our policy that we would use this as an opportunity for improvements and renewal rather than seeing it as a crisis, or an obstacle to our students' success.
"The spirit and focus of the school remained positive during the whole process, and we looked forward to this time of re-opening with enthusiasm."
Two youths were charged with setting the fire in July of last year, which destroyed eight classrooms and closed the school for two weeks.
The arrival of nine demountables allowed students to return to the school.