Sunday marks one year to the day fire ravaged "the heart" of Corrimal High School.
But school principal Paul Roger was true to his word in the aftermath of the November 3 inferno that gutted the industrial arts building - the fire had not shattered the school's spirit.
At the height of the fire, 15 Illawarra-based trucks containing 60 firefighters were onsite battling the inferno, which could be seen in neighbouring suburbs.
It was eventually extinguished later that afternoon, however not before destroying six classrooms and damaging three more.
On Monday Mr Roger will address the media to provide some information about the progress and location of the new replacement Industrial Arts building.
This pleased Keira MP Ryan Park, who nevertheless was concerned at the length of time the school rebuild was taking.
"I understand the school is in discussion with the Department [Education] and the insurers around planning and making sure we get that right," Mr Park said.
"I think that process needs to be accelerated once those issues are sorted out because I don't want this to drag on for years and years while the school and the school community is forced to use demountables."