Well the first week of 2013 has been a very sad one for Tasmanians. Our friends and colleagues at Dunalley lost their school and many students there have lost their homes too.
Fortunately, Tasmanians are very generous and people are already donating to help those who have been affected. I went to the Hobart Showgrounds yesterday and there were many people, who had to evacuate their homes, camping with their horses. There was a large room filling up with animal food, a man donated 100 bales of hay and people were streaming in with bags of clothes and blankets.
Up in the Derwent Valley a major fire at Lake Repulse has been burning for days. At the Showground I spoke to a lady from Ellendale who told me that she had evacuated with her horses (who were about to have their foals). She could not go home for at least another four days. Her son just graduated from Year 10 at our school!
There have also been fires at Bushy Park, Ellendale, Karanja, Black Hills and Macquarie Plains. Fingers crossed that none of our classmates have had to evacuate and that their families, animals and properties are safe. You can get an update on the fires from the Tasmanian Fire Service page.
You are welcome to leave a message to lift the spirit of the students who have had to leave home, have family members in the fire brigades fighting the fires or are watching the fires, not knowing what will happen.
To my students; these past few days I have been constantly thinking about you and hoping you are all okay. If you need anything, leave a ‘comment’ and I will call your parents.
From Ms T