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Australia Bushfire-affected students return to school

04:00  26 january  2020
04:00  26 january  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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School will start on a dismal note this year, with many students grieving the loss of homes, pets or loved ones.

Angela Holmes and her family have been living in fear for the past two months, as the NSW South Coast fire continues to threaten homes in Batemans Bay.

The mother-of-three said her kids are going back to school without even having a holiday.

a man standing in front of a sunset: Zachary Holmes, 14, to return to school this week in the wake of the bushfire crisis.© Supplied. Zachary Holmes, 14, to return to school this week in the wake of the bushfire crisis.

"The kids really have a sense of being ripped off because they haven't had any sense of relaxation that a holiday normally brings," Ms Holmes said.

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Your school may be affected by the bushfires . Check for updates on our school safety page. A NSW Government website - Education. The Wellbeing Framework supports schools to create learning environments that enable students to be healthy, happy, engaged and successful.

Students impacted by the recent bushfires across South Australia will get counselling and a backpack of supplies as they head back to school next week. The state government has announced a package of measures including waiving of school fees for 2020 for any families affected by the fires .

"Having to drive past fires to get home is definitely a nerve-wracking feeling.

"Everyone's stress levels are high and as a parent you have to remember that children need reassurance too."

Ms Holmes had to live through what most dread.

Her family was separated during the catastrophic blaze that hit Batemans Bay on New Year's Eve, with her husband on one side of the fire, and her and her children on the other.

"It was the most traumatic thing we've had to go through," she said.

a group of people standing on a beach: The Holmes family reunited after they were separated by the catastrophic blaze that hit Batemans Bay on New Year's Eve.© Supplied. The Holmes family reunited after they were separated by the catastrophic blaze that hit Batemans Bay on New Year's Eve.

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Students and staff are urged to take care during catastrophic bushfire conditions. Students return to school on Wednesday 29th January 2020 for a new year of learning, friendship, fun and new experiences.

Some students are grieving the loss of their homes or loved ones. Even those not directly affected by fires may be distressed by stories they've heard or images they've seen. Many students ’ lives have changed as they return to school , even those not directly affected by the fires .

The NSW Government has identified 113 schools where increased counselling services will be rolled out, after announcing a greater focus on mental health support for students in the wake of the recent devastation.

"Many schools have been impacted since November last year, with some staff and students losing their homes, seeing communities in distress and witnessing extreme evacuation efforts, which would be very upsetting for anyone to experience," Ms Mitchell said.

"It's crucial for students to be reconnected with friends, share stories and return to their school routine after what has been a traumatic time."

St Bernard's Primary in Batemans Bay is offering a free uniform service for students.

"(The) principal of St Bernard's Primary, Jo Wain, has been amazing. She also organised a free jumping castle for the kids in the holidays to get their minds off tragedy," Mrs Holmes said.

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Students will be able to attend their alternative school site up until their school recommences operation. The Department will work closely with State Growth to ensure appropriate bus arrangements are in place to support students and families as they return to their schools .

"It was quite distressing to hear my daughter's friends talk about how they didn't have a home to go to. I think sharing their stories helps them heal."

The Holmes family consider themselves lucky, as unlike many, their house is still standing.

With fire-affected towns still on their recovery journey, entire communities are without essential services such as phone reception or electricity.

a person in a blue shirt: Declan Holmes, 16, brought ice to families without power during catastrophic conditions.© Supplied. Declan Holmes, 16, brought ice to families without power during catastrophic conditions.

"As a mum to two teenage boys, and a young girl, having inadequate phone reception for weeks has proven quite challenging – without it, it's hard for them to live a normal life," she said.

"Schools haven't been able to email out booklists or timetables, which has made the kids feel quite anxious.

"They're really craving a sense of familiarity. They just want to know that everything will be okay."

a large tree in a forest: Bushfire near the Holmes' property on 31 December 2019.© Supplied. Bushfire near the Holmes' property on 31 December 2019.

NSW Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said that principals, Parents and Citizens Associations, and other members of school communities will receive advice to ensure they can properly identify signs of stress in students.

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Students and staff are urged to take care during catastrophic bushfire conditions. Illaroo Road Public School . Term 1 2020 commences. Students in Yr 1 - Yr 6 return to school . Wednesday Wed.

Students Return to School . Thursday Thu. Students and staff are urged to take care during catastrophic bushfire conditions. SchoolTV is a school branded resource that is available through subscribed schools thus allowing parents to access information on individual topics.

"We will be deploying existing school counselling staff to fire-affected communities to ensure our regional schools have the support that they need," Ms Taylor said.

Fire-damaged schools will all be repaired and cleaned for staff and students to return as normal for the first day of term.

The unprecedented recovery effort will see 178 schools functional by next week, with a hefty repair bill of more than $20 million.

"We know schools are at the heart of communities and will play an important role in the recovery from these fires," Minister for Education Ms Mitchell said.

Ms Holmes thanked the school and community spirit for helping the town's children get through this challenging time.

"Banding together as a community is how my kids found a way to cope with all the stress and uncertainty," she said.

If you need back-to-school advice regarding bushfires or support on how to help students with their mental health, visit www.education.nsw.gov.au/back-to-school

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