Barrington Public School donates to Bobin Public School after theft of iPads

Barrington Public School year six students, with the donated trailer used to raise funds, some of which went to Bobin Public School. Photo: supplied
Barrington Public School year six students, with the donated trailer used to raise funds, some of which went to Bobin Public School. Photo: supplied

Year six students at Barrington Public School have made a generous donation to their peers at Bobin Public School after hearing of the recent theft of iPads, laptops and a satellite phone from the Bobin school.

Every year the year six students hold a fundraiser where monies raised are split to give a gift to their own school and to donate to charities.

Normally they manage to raise between $50 to $200 dollars. This year, even though COVID-19 restrictions have hampered their ability to hold fundraisers, the amount raised went far beyond expectations.

"We were fortunate that a parent of one of our year six students donated (along with some sponsors he had organised) one of the mobile fire-fighting trailers that he started making in response to the bushfires at the beginning of the year," Barrington Public School teacher, Dave Keen said.

"We created some tickets for the students to sell as well as created an online account to sell further afield.

"We ended up raising $6500, which we're really stoked with because we're a small school of 50."

With such a large amount of money raised, the options for its use opened up significantly, and the students decided to gift Bobin Public School with $500 to help with replacement of the stolen equipment.

"We gave the money because it is devastating that their school burnt down, then someone would come along and steal their electronics," Barrington school capitain, Brad, said.

The Barrington year six students met with the Bobin Public School students over Zoom on Wednesday, December 16.

Bobin Public School relieving principal, Sarah Parker said the money will be used to buy a safe to put electronic equipment into.

"It was so generous of these beautiful children to think of us and to give some of their fundraising proceeds to us. We greatly appreciate it," Sarah said.

"It's so nice to be making all of these connections, too. It's one of the beautiful things that's come of all of this."