A les­son in longevity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Kensington -

FOR nearly half a cen­tury, Kens­ing­ton Teach­ing As­sis­tant Kerry Spencer has been ded­i­cated to the stu­dents at Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School.

Mrs Spencer started work­ing at the school in 1968 but re­tired last week, on the last week of term.

The school and the sub­urb has seen many changes and teacher Mered­ith Brown said Mrs Spencer had been an in­te­gral part of Kens­ing­ton for over four decades.

“She has read many a story and patched even more sore knees,” she said.

Mrs Spencer is the long­est serv­ing staff mem­ber at the school and started work at the Vista Street kinder­garten be­fore mov­ing to the pur­pose built on-site pre-pri­mary with teacher Mrs Brown in 1989.

“I’ve lost count of how many prin­ci­pals and teach­ers I’ve worked with and I am now see­ing the chil­dren of chil­dren com­ing through.

“I tell them I knew their mums when they were five,” she said.

She said she has seen sig­nif­i­cant changes in teach­ing in­clud­ing full-time school­ing for five-year-olds and the in­tro­duc­tion of kinder­garten for three and four-year-olds.

She said early child­hood was much more about play when she first started.

“Ev­ery­thing has been pushed down, pre-pri­mary is the new Year 1,” she said.

“When I started, play­dough and blocks were all quite a nov­elty but most chil­dren now go to day­care be­fore school.

“Kids are bolder and cheekier,” she said.

Re­tir­ing Kens­ing­ton teach­ing as­sis­tant Kerry Spencer and stu­dents.

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