PRINCIPAL UPDATE: Fire Damage at Senior School

The fire at our Senior Campus this week has been devastating for our community, both past and present. However, as I have been sharing, we will ‘rebuild’ and we will ‘recover’! The fire may have destroyed our building, yet it has not dampened our enthusiasm or our unity.

It is often during adversity that we witness the true test of a community’s character. Many of the staff from our leadership and administration team, maintenance crew and IT team have worked tirelessly throughout the past 48 hours to see our campus re-open to our staff and students today. External contractors and our Insurers have also been exemplary in supporting our efforts to re-establish our Services and create a safe environment. I am grateful for the many people who have been willing to ‘go the extra mile’, to dig in, to lend a hand, to offer support or pray for our community. This has been an active and overt demonstration of Christian service, self- sacrificing personal contributions all for the glory of God.

The College continues to be overwhelmed with offers of prayer and willingness to assist. We have also received well wishes from other schools both locally and around the State. Even last night, we received a long message of support from our Sister School SMAN 2 in Indonesia, inclusive of a video clip of the whole school community praying for CCG. Such encouragement has been heartening and uplifting during this very challenging time.

We would like to acknowledge the incredible response and dedication of the CFA units that attended on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to minimise the impact of the fire. They went to great personal lengths to preserve elements of our building and its contents, along with keeping us up to date and well informed of their progress. Emergency Services and our Insurance Company have now completed their investigations and the Administration and Resource Centre buildings will remain out of operation. We can confirm that the fire was started from a fault in an electrical power-pack to a desktop computer in the staff work area. I want to make it very clear to our community that the fire did NOT start due to “dodgy wiring” or anything else related to the workmanship of our buildings, as was reported in some media outlets. Unfortunately, the internal damage to the building is more extensive than first thought and some demolition of the worst effected areas has commenced today.

We are pleased that our short-term plans provided the opportunity for our Year 11 and 12 students to resume their educational program today, and it was delightful to see our students and staff return to the campus. The longer term plans to address our Administration and Resource Centre building will be communicated in due course, as a clearer picture of the requirements become known.

Thank you once again for your prayer and understanding during this difficult time for our community.

Glen McKeeman



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