Kangaroo Island students get certificates, medals replaced after bushfire

Deputy premier Vickie Chapman returned to her old school at Parndana to replace students' certificates and medals lost in the bushfires.

Ms Chapman visited the Parndana campus of Kangaroo Island Community Education with a box of replacement items on Friday, June 19.

She met with students representing some of the 10 families who lost everything in the fires, including precious memories such as school certificates and medals.

"Not only did these students lose their homes, toys and things precious to them, but also memories and items associated with achievements at school and in sport," Ms Chapman said.

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She sat down with students Jay Schofield and Iiesha Kuchel to go through the certificates and medals from the Premier's Reading and "be active" challenges.

These awards were specially reprinted and made for the bushfire-impacted students, who initially earned them for a whole year of reading and playing sport.

Jay and Iiesha told the deputy premier about how initially they had been learning from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now they were looking forward to the school returning to normal and in particular excursions and events such as the State Sapsasa sports carnival due for September.

Deputy premier Vickie Chapman with Parndana students Jack Wurst, Jay Couchman, Sonny Boy Mauheni, Callen Fogden and Emily Buck.

Deputy premier Vickie Chapman with Parndana students Jack Wurst, Jay Couchman, Sonny Boy Mauheni, Callen Fogden and Emily Buck.

KICE principal Maxine McSherry said it had been a difficult time for students and staff with coronavirus restrictions following the bushfires.

"The kids have drawn support from each other and so its been important for them to get back to school and some sense of normalcy," she said.

The Year 12s were on track to finish the year as planned and had been receiving extra support, she said.

Ms Chapman congratulated the school leadership for keeping the kids together and learning through both crisis events.

She also said it was great news that student numbers at the Parndana campus were picking up with a big reception class expected near year.

The campus now had just under 180 students attending, but when went to school at Parndana in the 1960s she said there were more than 500 at the school.

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