A lesson in longevity
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.