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Not even floods could stop these kids going back to school

Condong Public School Principal Terry Timms with children on their first day.
Condong Public School Principal Terry Timms with children on their first day. John Gass

IT was back to school for most Tweed students on Wednesday but some found it harder than others.

Tumbulgum Public School was closed as the flood cleanup continued.

A school spokeswoman said the school was unsure when it would open its doors to students but the cleanup would start today.

"We have people coming in tomorrow to assess the school," the spokeswoman said.

Condong Public School was open but half the students were unable to attend because floodwaters had cut roads.

Murwillumbah public school. First day of school. Tess Greasley, Cree Johnson, Tiarna Watkins.
Murwillumbah public school. First day of school. Tess Greasley, Cree Johnson, Tiarna Watkins. John Gass

Condong principal Terry Timms said there was a good sense of community at smaller schools and it showed after the floodwater receded yesterday.

"We had two parents just turn up out of the blue to help clean up," Mr Timms said.

"They couldn't get to work so came down to the school to give a hand."

Condong Public School was cleared away in time for the first classes with only a fallen tree in the playground as a reminder of the weekend's wild weather.

Condong School welcomed nine kindergarten children this year pushing the student population up to 70.

Rebecca and Ronnie Vickery dropped their only child Acer to Murwillumbah Public School for his first day.

"We are a little lost at the moment," Mrs Vickery said.

"We were looking forward to it, now we were just a bit nervous," Mr Vickery said.

Acer said he was not look forward to school.

It was a different story for Angela Daniel's daughter Summer who was also going to Murwillumbah Public School.

Summer looks forward to seeing friends, the classroom and liked her teacher.

Topics:  back to school, tweed flood 2013


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