Broken water pipe shuts down school

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Students wait to be picked up by parents and guardians in front of John Wilcock College.
Camera IconStudents wait to be picked up by parents and guardians in front of John Wilcock College. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

A broken water pipe forced the closure of John Willcock College today.

Principal Julie Campbell said with 850 students in the school and no water available for drinking or bathroom use, she had no choice but to contact the Deputy Director General of Education for permission to close the school for the day.

The pipe is believed to have been accidentally damaged while construction work was under way.

The school is undergoing a $20 million upgrade to cater for Year 10, 11 and 12 students from 2019.

Water supplies are expected to be available later today, with students returning to school for classes tomorrow.

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