While the cause of the fire has not been determined and the buildings are yet to be rebuilt, the school has done one thing — brought in local experts to teach its students to fight fire.
Collaborating with the Shire of Gingin and the Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, deputy principal Andrea Vis said the program was in development before part of the school burnt down.
The fire at the school was the catalyst for the program to be integrated this year.
Like many regional towns, Gingin’s fire and ambulance services are volunteer-based.
The program being taught at the school is the same as the first two units that new volunteer firefighters complete, meaning students will be able to join their local bushfire brigade at the end of the year.
Ms Vis said not only are students learning about fire and fire safety, they are learning to be valued community members.
“It is fundamental that we instil that sense of ownership and sense of belonging for a community to survive,” she said.