Cyclone

Seroja

Updates

Updated: 17 April 2021

ALL CYCLONE-AFFECTED SCHOOLS CLEARED TO OPEN FOR TERM TWO

All nine Catholic schools affected by Cyclone Seroja are ready to open for the start of Term 2

These schools are:

  • St Lawrence’s Primary School – Bluff Point
  • St Joseph’s School – Moora
  • St Francis Xavier Primary School – Geraldton
  • Nagle Catholic College – Geraldton
  • St John’s School – Rangeway
  • Geraldton Flexible Learning Centre – Geraldton
  • St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School – Carnarvon
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School – Mullewa
  • St Mary’s School - Northampton

Term Two schooling arrangements

As communities affected by Cyclone Seroja have faced significant challenges in the aftermath of the cyclone, Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has focused on ensuring it is safe for students and staff to return to the nine Catholic schools that have been impacted by the cyclone.

A dedicated Critical Assessment Team (CAT) arrived in the Mid-West region on Tuesday morning to assess damage.  Clean-up and repair work has been ongoing and all nine Catholic schools have now been cleared to open for Term 2.

While Catholic schools will continue to provide support to communities that still face significant challenges, it is reassuring that Catholic school students in these communities will be welcomed back for Term 2 next week.

CEWA is providing mental health and wellbeing support for staff and families who have been affected by Cyclone Seroja and will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

CEWA Executive Director, Dr Debra Sayce has acknowledged the immense challenges faced by Mid-West communities, “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by Cyclone Seroja.”

“We are very grateful to our staff, specialist teams and also to the Australian Defence Force and WA Emergency Services on the ground in the Mid-West for working tirelessly to support cyclone-affected communities.”

The Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from Emergency WA and provide updated advice as appropriate.

Mental health and wellbeing support for families affected by the cyclone

Cyclone Seroja may have caused significant distress for some children, young people and their families, particularly those who have experienced either direct or indirect exposure. Different people may experience it in different ways.

Children and young people can develop trauma-related mental health and wellbeing issues even when not directly exposed to the cyclone.

We have collated the following resources to provide support to families at this difficult time.

Australian Psychological Society

Emerging Minds

Beyond Blue

headspace

Australian Red Cross

For more information