What a difference 18 weeks makes.
Bulli High School suffered extensive damage after it was inundated with murky water following heavy rain at the end of March. Floors were waterlogged, industrial technology equipment was destroyed, $65,000 worth of musical instruments were damaged and mud covered the grounds.
But there was little trace of the damage left when the school held a thank-you event on Friday for the organisations, businesses, workers, parents and politicians who assisted during the clean-up and repairs.
Principal Lou Tome said work had begun quickly on the affected areas of the school. While junior students got a few unplanned days off, seniors were back the next day.
"Initially, everyone was working on adrenalin and things seemed to fall into place very quickly with the very strong and quick support from all those agencies," Mr Tome said.
"It meant it only took a couple days for us to feel like things were starting to happen very quickly, so, for the most part, students and staff could concentrate on the education process, rather than the construction process."
Fresh carpet has now been laid in several classrooms, instruments and electrical equipment have been replaced, 109 new doors have been fitted and the canteen has been refurbished.
Among the repairs, precautions have been taken to prevent future flooding. Drains are in place under the maths and HSIE rooms and behind the music block to allow water to flow away.
There are still a few jobs to be done until the work is complete, including the installation of a rubber floor in the gym.
Heathcote MP Lee Evans described the school as a "very soggy phoenix" risen from the deluge, while Mr Tome said he was pleased the school was back to normal.
"It's great, we will end up in better shape than what we were before," he said.