School captains and principals of The Rivers Secondary College speak out about floods

David Kirkpatrick
By David Kirkpatrick
Updated August 9 2022 - 1:46am, first published August 4 2022 - 1:57am

Key members of the The Rivers Secondary College have spoken eloquently about the impact of the February floods in a new video.

The video was released as part of Education Week (August 1 to 5) with principals and school captains speaking about a fundraising scheme called Vouch for Lismore.

The scheme has raised over $130,000, from bake stalls, donation buckets and other fundraisers.

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It saw 1,000 vouchers donated to the schools and $75,000 in cash raised.

This was in response to widescale flooding in the Northern Rivers earlier this year that left many parts of the region uninhabitable, including local schools in Lismore.

One of the worst hit was the Richmond River campus, but many members of the Lismore school community have been impacted adversely by the floods.

To support those impacted, once the immediate emergency responses had left, The Rivers Secondary College started the Vouch for Lismore fundraiser.

A slick video was made of the Vouch for Lismore initiative, which featured interviews with the school captains and principals of the three campuses that make up The Rivers Secondary College - Kadina, Lismore and Richmond Rivers High.

"We lost our school. It was completely inundated with water. I was doing three major works and I lost everything," Richmond River school captain Lily Shepherd said.

"I want to stand up for my school and I want to stand up for everyone who's been affected by the flood because it's such a hard thing to deal with and we really do need role models at the moment."

Kadina School captain Lochlan Maguire said the floods had been "mind blowing".

"It's good to see now that everyone is so optimistic with moving forward and getting Lismore back to where it was," he said.

Lochlan Maguire of Kadina High speaks about the impact of the floods in a new video.

Kadina principal James Witchard said the fundraising showed what a "resilient" community was all about.

"It's not a huge amount of money per family necessarily. It's not going to replace heirlooms, it's not going to rebuild houses," he said.

"But I think the greatest thing is about that impact.

"It's that, in that resilient community that we have, we stand ready to help everybody when they need us too. You know, it's created a pretty lovely reciprocal thing I think, about public schools across the state."

View the video here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/education-week/ed-week-profile-stories

David Kirkpatrick

I'm a media professional with over 34 years of experience in public relations and journalism, including a decade setting Lismore's news agenda as the editor of The Northern Star. I have proven track record in growing audiences and improving engagement by delivering quality local stories for and about the Lismore community.