19 July 2023

Students return as investigation continues into fire at Turvey Park Public School

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Turvey Park Public School

Police are calling for information from the public following a break-and-enter and fire in the early hours of Tuesday (18 July) at Turvey Park Public School. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Some Turvey Park Public School students have returned to school after the parents were updated yesterday on how the school would proceed after a fire damaged ten classrooms.

The notice letter sent to the parents by Turvey Park Public School was posted on the parents and citizens association Facebook page and said cleaners would be working in the primary classrooms on Wednesday.

“We will relocate our office staff to the infant’s building, enter via Halloran Street in the Infants Block if you need to come to speak to the school staff,” the school said.

While some of the students were able to return to school, others were asked to stay home and work remotely using their Google Classroom.

The notice said the school would be as normal for the K-2 students while Years 3 and 4 students would be at school with their teacher but at the Infants end of the school.

The school has advised as the phones are still down and that calls will be diverted to a mobile.

The Department of Education declined to comment further on the matter as it’s a NSW Police matter.

It is believed in the early hours of Tuesday morning (18 July), emergency services were called to the school following reports of a fire.

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Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. However, the building was extensively damaged and declared the school non-operational.

The school was vacant at the time and there were no reports of any injuries.

Officers from The Riverina Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the cause of the fire and break-and-enter, which is being treated as suspicious.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information is urged to contact Wagga Wagga Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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