School set to mark 60 years

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

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).

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