A message to staff following the devastating day at Banksia Road Public School.
Yesterday afternoon, the Premier, the Education Minister and I were privileged to spend time with our colleagues at Banksia Road Public School, to stand with them in their grief and to thank them for their remarkable service.
It had been the most devastating day at this wonderful school. What started out as a happy spring morning turned to devastation and then terrible sadness, with news of the loss of two Year 3 boys.
In the face of the sudden and shocking destruction, our colleagues were magnificent: tending to the injured, caring for distraught children, looking after anxious parents. We could not have asked more of them and in a moment of great need, they provided remarkable care and service to their students and the community.
We thank them for their commitment, courage and compassion.
When we met, I communicated a message to our colleagues on your behalf, telling them that in 2,200 schools and in our teams across the state – our hearts were with them at Banksia Road. We could only begin to imagine the horror of their day, the pain of their loss and their apprehension of times ahead, but we were one with them.
This morning, students will be learning again at Banksia Road and of course, it will be another demanding and difficult day.
We will have many additional staff in place, to support the principal and teachers and to provide counselling services. Whatever the school needs to create the best possible environment for students and staff will be made available. They know from all across the department, they have our full support.