Clean up at St Catherine's in full swing

17th April 2017 1:45 PM
CHIPPING IN: Helpers from far and wide got involved with the St Catherine's clean up. CHIPPING IN: Helpers from far and wide got involved with the St Catherine's clean up. Peter Carruthers

HELP to get the St Catherine's Catholic College back on track after Cyclone Debbie touched down three weeks ago arrived this Easter.

From as far away as Townsville and even Melbourne volunteers chipped in to make sure the school was ready to accept pupils on Wednesday.

Joint school principle David Burke said on Monday there was still some structural damage to get repaired and though staff would be back at work on Tuesday, class would not resume until the next day.

"We have got a little bit more work to do. There is some structural damage that needs to be fixed up,” he said.

"All classrooms have been re-carpeted and we have had lots of help putting furniture back into rooms.

"There is still a bit for the staff to do tomorrow but another good community building exercise.”

A bus load of students from a school in Ingham contributed a solid effort in the school's clean up.

Richard has come to visit their pregnant daughter who teaches at St Catherine's.

They flew into Townsville form Melbourne when the Whitsunday Coast Airport was still closed and were again chipping in at the Loyloa campus today.

"We have got kids coming down helping their parents and helping the school. It's just wonderful,” he said.

Mr Burke said the buildings hit the hardest by Cyclone Debbie were the administration building Loyola campus and the administration building at the Mercy campus on Marathon St.

"The water got under and collapsed ceilings,” but fortunately Mr Burke said many ceilings were tiled and didn't require a total re-sheeting of the ceiling of the St Cath's classrooms.