On Anzac Day morning in 2017, the Dalby State School community was devastated by the loss of the school’s heritage-listed main building following a tragic fire.
The building was one of the oldest buildings in Queensland, built in 1861 at the time that the school first opened and was iconic in the Dalby community.
The fire destroyed administration facilities, a staffroom, and a newly renovated music wing, and caused extensive smoke and water damage to classrooms, requiring a complete rebuild.
Within 24 hours of the fire, a temporary administration building and 2 temporary classrooms were on site and within a few weeks the school had access to 6 temporary buildings to keep the school operating.
Only one school day was lost following the fire as students and staff showed both resilience and determination to move forward.
Following extensive community consultation and a year of construction, staff and students are now creating new memories and enjoying the upgraded facilities of a replacement 2-storey main building.
The new building includes 6 classrooms (4 upstairs and 2 downstairs), a music room, instrumental practice room, music storage room, outdoor learning space, staffroom, conference room and a large number of offices in the administration section.
The building’s design combines traditional and heritage styles with a modern twist, and offers more space for the school’s growing enrolments.
Dalby State School Principal Mona Anau said the school was particularly enthusiastic about the new soundproof music room and the flexible learning centre, both fantastic additions for teaching in the modern era.
"This investment has not only brought our school back to life, it has enabled us to move forward while staying true to what we stand for – a well-rounded education for all students,” she said.