Vandals destroy kids’ hard work
Bertram Primary School students have been left heartbroken after intruders broke into the school’s greenhouse last weekend, destroying plants the students had potted and grown in the lead-up to the Bertram Fair.
Deputy principal Jane Weir said staff arrived at school on Tuesday morning after the long weekend to find the greenhouse shade cloth had been slashed and plants and pots smashed.
“Unfortunately we have had visitors over the weekend who smashed every terracotta pot, killing many of the plants,” she said.
Year 4 student Lexey Walker and Year 3 student Gabriel Rabal had potted and grown their plants as part of the school’s fortnightly garden class.
The school was then set to sell the plants at a stall at the upcoming Bertram Fair.
Lexey and Gabriel’s Year 3/4 class were the hardest hit, with the entire class’ work destroyed.
They said they were “shocked” and “heartbroken” to find their hard work had been ruined.
“They put a hole in our greenhouse to break in . . . all the bowls and pots were smashed everywhere,” Gabriel said.
“It made me really sad and depressed because our plants made it so far and now they’re ruined. It breaks our hearts and our environment and our money. Our teachers are sad too.”
“We were going to use them for the fair, but now we don’t have any plants,” Lexey said.
“We are so sad.”
Following the incident the school shared a photo of the damage online, expressing their disappointment and asking for donations of plants and pots.
Ms Weir said the response from the local and wider community had been “amazing”, with offers of donations from as far away as Wanneroo.
“We have decided to use the profits from the Bertram Fair to have a mesh cover fitted over the shade cloth to provide greater security and save school funds in the long run,” she said.
“We encourage everyone to come along to the Bertram Fair on March 20 between 2:35pm and 7pm and while they are there visit the plant stall.”
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