School set to mark 60 years
FOR Sarah McLachlan, it was a no-brainer where her children would attend primary school.
Not only is Lathlain Primary School walking distance from her house but it was the school of her father Clifford Phillips and she attended it as well.
With the school celebrating its 60th anniversary with a Grand Fete on November 5, Mrs McLachlan has reflected on what makes the school special.
“The school means a lot to my family, not only the sense of local community but knowing what to expect from the teaching system,” she said.
“Although the school has changed over the years, there is still a community feeling.
“While I was attending the school in the 1990s it almost shut down but we merged with Rivervale Primary School.
“I remember this well because my cousin came over from the other school and the amount of kids in the classes increased.”
Clifford Phillips said he saw many changes in his time at the school, including the introduction of the decimal currency in 1966. d461335
“The beauty of our schooling, is that we had the benefit of learning the imperial system of measurement of feet and inches, then metric system of measurement,” he said.
“Plus we learnt our currency in pounds, shillings and pence, before the forced introduction of the decimal system in 1966,” he said.
“If there were not enough boys for the square dancing at school, we were often called off the sports field to balance the numbers out. It was something that we all loathed, as we wanted to play sport.”
“I’ve seen many changes at the school but the tall poplar tree out the front of the school still heralds the changing seasons for each generation,” he said.
Former Lathlain Primary School student Sarah McLachlan with two of her three children Byron (10) and Jarrad (5) and Solomon Lindsay (12) and Will Turner (12).