Major works are continuing at Southport State High School today, with the hope of getting classes back up and running as soon as possible.
It’s been revealed more than 40 contractors worked throughout the night to demolish the remains of the school’s B block building, which was completely destroyed by fire in the early hours of yesterday.
“It is times like these that make us proud to be part of the Queensland State School system. We have had tremendous support from our Department, QBuild and the dozens of contractors that have given up their long weekend to help us recover from this event,” the school’s principal Nigel Hughes said.
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Ten prefabricated classroom buildings were trucked down the Pacific Motorway and into the school grounds overnight, with another nine currently on the way.
The demountable buildings are in the process of being installed, however it’s still not known whether for the start of Term 4 on Tuesday.
“Our focus at the moment is squarely on getting us back to school as early as it is safe to do so. As you can imagine there are significant logistics involved in an exercise of this magnitude in such a short space of time and we need to have all the new buildings installed and certified before we can occupy them,” Mr Hughes said.
“While our army of contractors are doing an amazing job, at this stage we’re still not certain if our school will be ready for regular classes on Tuesday.”
Mr Hughes said the school will make the decision later this weekend and urged parents to keep an eye on the Southport State High School Facebook page and their emails.
“Although this has been a terrible event for our school community, I’ve been greatly heartened by the level of support and kindness shown by the local community,” he said.
“The school would like to thank the entire community for their outpouring of support, as well as everybody involved in the massive effort to get the school back on track for
classes next week.”
The Department of Education has confirmed Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are investigating and treating the fire, which destroyed nine classrooms, as suspicious at this stage.