Trinity Catholic College in Lismore devastated by flood, but classes are restarting


AFTER devastating floodwaters swept through Lismore, Trinity Catholic College in the town reopened to students from the Southern Cross University campus today.

Every classroom at Marist Schools Australia was damaged in last week’s flood disaster, sparking a national call for help, as the college’s acting principal, Jesse Smith, sought new accommodation for more of 900 students.

Disaster: Trinity Catholic College in Lismore was devastated by flooding last week.

Grade 12 students have resumed full-time education for the first time in 14 days at SCU’s Lismore campus, while other students in grades 7 through 11 will spend one day a week on campus and d other days to study online.

St John’s College, Woodlawn is also helping out as Trinity College struggles to recover.

At Southern Cross University in Lismore, a special center will be staffed by academic counselors and members of the school’s pastoral team to support students – many of whom come from families who have suffered significant damage to housing or even lost their home.

Mr Smith said the partnership with Southern Cross ensured the sustainability of student learning in the face of last week’s flooding.

“As our college campuses are assessed and restored, this partnership provides certainty for our students, staff and families,” Smith said.

“Our current Grade 12 cohort endured the disruption of the 2017 flood as Grade 7 students, but our partnership with Southern Cross will allow them to…continue their education.”

Southern Cross University is also Lismore’s main hub for flood recovery and planning.

Soldiers from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment remove flood damaged property from a street in Lismore. Photo: ADF

Hundreds of tons of donated goods are being processed at a distribution center established on campus to be shared among victims of the record flood.

The campus also hosts key agencies helping the region’s recovery, including business and legal support, banking, police and defense forces.

The university campus is also home to a medical center set up to treat flood evacuees and there is even a mobile vet on site to tend to rescued pets.

“It’s a community emergency. That’s what Southern Cross does. That’s what the whole community of Northern Rivers does. We take care of each other,” Professor Carlin said.

Details on how to donate can be found at the Trinity Catholic College Flood Appeal, organized by Marist Schools Australia. here.

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