Galston High rallies after $5m blaze

Let the Battle of the Buskers begin.

Let the Battle of the Buskers begin.

Workmen have become a common sight since the Galston High School library burnt down on May 19.

"Realistically it will be 18 months to two years before we're in a new library"

But far from hanging their heads, students, staff and the Galston community, have pulled together to work out how to deal with the building and content losses, estimated at $5 million.

"It's business as usual," principal Jillian Tourlas said.

Portable library: A 10-module building arrived by crane on Tuesday. Once fitted together the building will serve as a temporary library and year 12 study area.

Portable library: A 10-module building arrived by crane on Tuesday. Once fitted together the building will serve as a temporary library and year 12 study area.

She said students raised $1250 last week — $550 of which will go towards library purchases — through SRC activities, including Milkshake Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wear What You Want Wednesday, Battle of the Buskers, Finals Friday (buskers winners announced) and Fun Friday (movie night).

Busking champion: Year 12 student Emily Byrne (accompanied by Lydia Pendlebury, year 12) won the school’s busking competition with the Dixie Chicks’ song "Travelin' Soldier". Photo: Elena Duggan

Busking champion: Year 12 student Emily Byrne (accompanied by Lydia Pendlebury, year 12) won the school’s busking competition with the Dixie Chicks’ song "Travelin' Soldier". Photo: Elena Duggan

The Rotary Club of Galston has invited the school to have first dibs on books donated for their annual book fair on July 26-27, and Pacific Hills Christian School has invited year 12 students to study in their library.

Dural and Round Corner Chamber of Commerce has set up the Galston High School Library Re-Building Fund and invited donations of goods and services for auction. It will also donate the $5 door fee from its next meeting.

The fire destroyed the school's multi-storey library block and 40 years of school memorabilia stored in the library.

PRECIOUS MEMORIES LOST: Click here to read about the precious items lost in the Galston High library fire.

The library blaze also displaced seven staff, now in staff rooms across the school, who have been visiting schools to collect donated books.

Portable library: A 10-module building arrived by crane on Tuesday. Once fitted together the building will serve as a temporary library and year 12 study area.

Portable library: A 10-module building arrived by crane on Tuesday. Once fitted together the building will serve as a temporary library and year 12 study area.

"The plan is for a portable library to be open for the first day of next term," deputy principal Lisa Pieper said.

Ms Tourlas said: "Realistically it will be 18 months to two years before we're in a new library."

VIDEO: Click here for previous coverage and a video interview with principal Tourlas.

Ms Tourlas invited past students and families to continue memorabilia donations for the school's 40th anniversary dinner and open day (October 18 and 19, respectively).

■ Donate auction items: Dural Chamber of Commerce, 9651 3473.

■ Direct-deposit to the Galston High School Library Re-building Fund: NAB BSB 082240, Account no. 848 02 77 61.

■ Keep updates on the school’s anniversary: Galston High School 40th Anniversary Facebook page.

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