Back to school after floods

Families enjoy the Christmas market at Morecambe Bay Primary School.
Families enjoy the Christmas market at Morecambe Bay Primary School.

Schools across the district were returning to normal this week after being forced to close for several days in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Morecambe High was among the first schools to reopen last Wednesday thanks to the hard work of a team of staff who worked tirelessly to get the building back to normal.

Office manager Deb Pike said: “It was an absolutely amazing effort from the site team and network team.

“The catering manager Helen Lucas came in at 6am on the Monday and had to throw all the food away and re-order.”

Head Matt Auger and deputies Seb Ip and Steve Careless were in school at 6am on Tuesday in the hope of opening, but due to the lack of food and heating the school remained closed untilWednesday.

The Year 11 parents’ evening went ahead on Wednesday with a 63 per cent attendance, while the prizegiving evening on December 14 also went ahead.

Trumacar Primary School was able to help other schools in the town by letting them use their Twitter account to give out information.

Head Paul Slater said: “We managed to cope really well. The parents were really supportive, and we were tweeting and texting them all the time so people knew what was happening. We also let other schools without Twitter use ours to give out information.

“The community feel has been brilliant.”

On returning to school, Trumacar pupils chose to give special certificates to the police, fire brigade, RNLI, Bay Radio and Electricity North West to thank them for their efforts.

Mr Slater said: “The teachers normally choose a pupil to reward for a particular value, but because they hadn’t been in school we said we wouldn’t do the certificates.

“The Year 5 and 6 children then said they felt we should be recognising the value of the groups of people who have been helping the community.”

Morecambe Bay Primary School opened up on the Monday to serve breakfast to children whose own homes had no electricity.

Head Siobhan Collingwood said: “We were worried about people who didn’t have any power. A few families came in.

“On Thursday we were due to have our school Christmas market so we only had one-and-a-half days to prepare for it but the children put on a brilliant day which was well supported.”

The school will give half of the proceeds – £500 – to the flooding disaster relief fund.

Mrs Collingwood added: “It’s great how communities just pulled together. No one complained and everyone came in and just wanted to make it work; it was great.”