Blue Mountains Fires

We’ve seen some devastating fires in NSW over the past 24 hours especially around Springwood, which is home to two of our schools.  I’ve spoken to the principals of St Thomas Aquinas Primary and St Columba’s College and there only seems to be damage to the perimeter of the schools.  A full assessment is now underway to ascertain the extent.

Sadly, some of our staff and families across our schools have lost their homes.  Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has made provision for emergency relief for affected staff and requests should be made through your school leaders.

The Diocese is planning to launch a crisis appeal next week which you might like to make a donation to support families in need. Details will be available next week.

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognise the outstanding work of our schools and office staff yesterday in managing this crisis, particularly our leaders, Sergio Rosato and Phil Stewart, for the care and well-being of their communities.

I’m extremely grateful to the Rural Fire Service and the NSW Police and all the volunteers for their courageous work in protecting our students and staff.

Please keep our staff and families, the wider Mountains community and those affected by the NSW fires in your thoughts and prayers.

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