St Mary's students reflect on vandal attack

Students express their feelings on paper.

Students express their feelings on paper.

KIDS WRITE ABOUT THEIR SHOCK: St Mary's students want the community to know how vandalism at their school affected them. They were shocked and upset, with many having to be consoled before going into class. Some of the students who wrote letters to the paper are, at the back from left, Cody Anderson, Stefan Paterson, Tamsyn Brown, Stevie Bullot, Ngauru Gordon and Fuatino Jahnke. In front from left are Jack Miller, Matthew Joblin, Summer Stone and Gemma Hill. Picture by Liam Clayton

A group of young students have described their shock after they arrived at school last week to find windows smashed and property stolen.

The Year 5 and 6 St Mary's students asked their teacher if they could write letters to the paper and let the community know the impact the vandalism had on them.

On Thursday night, more than 30 windows and glass panels at St Mary's school and Campion College were smashed in an attack that will cost the schools thousands of dollars in repair bills.

St Mary’s principal Anton Heyns said some of the children were too scared to go back to class and had to be consoled.

“The bigger ones do understand but the little ones struggle with the concept of people invading their space. After the incident the teacher spoke about the event and they asked to write something to let the community know how it affected them.”

Year 6 students Jasmyn Bettridge and Ngauru Gordon said the behaviour was brutal and would not be tolerated.

“We came to school today to find something tragic had happened to us. We had been robbed, glass shattered, smashed windows, and stolen trophies and a gold engraved cricket bat.

“St Mary's school was devastated. So was Campion, with all the office computers stolen as well.”

Senior students Stevie Bullot and Gemma Hill wrote that they were both very sad.

“We hope the police will catch the people who did this. What is the world coming to?”

Upset and nervous

Summer Stone said she was upset and a “little nervous” after the incident.

“Most people are scared because they think they are going to come back in school time more prepared.”

Seth Bloistein said he “froze” after being told one of the classrooms targeted was Room 1, which had Smokey the class pet in it.

“He was still in the class. I felt terrible for the bird sitting through that. I really hope the police get the person who did this.”

St Mary’s student Shaylam said she hoped “those naughty people get caught and learn it is terrible to break things that aren’t theirs. When I got to school everyone was going crazy because we were robbed. I got out of the car and rushed over.

“The office window had been smashed and two trophies had gone. One trophy was on the ground in the room with loads of little shards of glass."

Year 5 student Fuatino said at first she was worried, “but after a while I was all right”.

“We said a prayer and we sang a song.”

Jack Miller wrote of how he found out.

“Jack, Jack, there’s been a break-in, says my Mum. They took two trophies and used them to put holes in the doors. There was a big hole in the trophy room, meeting room and in room 6.”

A group of young students have described their shock after they arrived at school last week to find windows smashed and property stolen.

The Year 5 and 6 St Mary's students asked their teacher if they could write letters to the paper and let the community know the impact the vandalism had on them.

On Thursday night, more than 30 windows and glass panels at St Mary's school and Campion College were smashed in an attack that will cost the schools thousands of dollars in repair bills.

St Mary’s principal Anton Heyns said some of the children were too scared to go back to class and had to be consoled.

“The bigger ones do understand but the little ones struggle with the concept of people invading their space. After the incident the teacher spoke about the event and they asked to write something to let the community know how it affected them.”

Year 6 students Jasmyn Bettridge and Ngauru Gordon said the behaviour was brutal and would not be tolerated.

“We came to school today to find something tragic had happened to us. We had been robbed, glass shattered, smashed windows, and stolen trophies and a gold engraved cricket bat.

“St Mary's school was devastated. So was Campion, with all the office computers stolen as well.”

Senior students Stevie Bullot and Gemma Hill wrote that they were both very sad.

“We hope the police will catch the people who did this. What is the world coming to?”

Upset and nervous

Summer Stone said she was upset and a “little nervous” after the incident.

“Most people are scared because they think they are going to come back in school time more prepared.”

Seth Bloistein said he “froze” after being told one of the classrooms targeted was Room 1, which had Smokey the class pet in it.

“He was still in the class. I felt terrible for the bird sitting through that. I really hope the police get the person who did this.”

St Mary’s student Shaylam said she hoped “those naughty people get caught and learn it is terrible to break things that aren’t theirs. When I got to school everyone was going crazy because we were robbed. I got out of the car and rushed over.

“The office window had been smashed and two trophies had gone. One trophy was on the ground in the room with loads of little shards of glass."

Year 5 student Fuatino said at first she was worried, “but after a while I was all right”.

“We said a prayer and we sang a song.”

Jack Miller wrote of how he found out.

“Jack, Jack, there’s been a break-in, says my Mum. They took two trophies and used them to put holes in the doors. There was a big hole in the trophy room, meeting room and in room 6.”

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