Strathewen community: A bushfire recovery story 10 years in the making

Emerging Minds, Australia, 2019

Resource Summary

How does a community recover from the devastating impact of a bushfire? What role can the school and the community play in supporting children, young people and families on the path to recovery? Staff from Strathewen Primary School share their wisdom and experiences, from setting up a temporary school three days after the fires, to continuing to support their children and families ten years on, Jane and Dianne provide invaluable insights and learnings about their experiences. We also hear from April who was 8 years old when the fires went through her community, and her mother Rachel about the impact on their family and what has helped them through.


This video features community members who experienced the 2009 Victorian Bushfires discussing these events and its impacts. This video contains discussion of the fires and loss of life as well as the impacts on children since the fires. As you watch the video, it is important to be aware of your own emotional responses. Seek help if needed.

Here are some tips for self care:

  • Be aware of your emotions as you watch the video, and take steps if you are starting to feel stressed or upset. You may wish to take a break from the video.
  • Be aware of your emotions after the video is completed.
  • Think of things you enjoy and do one of those things.
  • Spend time with friends, family or others that care about you.

If you find you are struggling please talk with someone you trust, seek help, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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