Students of St. Peter’s Catholic elementary took classes in their refurbished school for the first time yesterday after extensive repairs following a tornado that touched down in Vaughan Aug. 20.

The category F2 twister ripped the roof off the school and caused extensive damage to the ventilation system. The damage required about $2.5 million worth of repairs.

The 400 St. Peter’s students attended classes at the nearby St. Francis of Assisi and Immaculate Conception schools while the repairs were made.

“The transformation was just unbelievable,” principal Jo-Anne Dawson said.