Lo­cal school li­brar­ian re­tires

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

Bev­er­ley Ben­nett has seen thou­sands of stu­dents come through Jan­dakot Pri­mary School in her three decades as a li­brary of­fi­cer.

JAN­DAKOT Pri­mary School’s Bev­er­ley Ben­nett has seen many changes in her three decades on the job.

Since start­ing as the Jan­dakot PS li­brary of­fi­cer more than 30 years ago, Ms Ben­nett has seen thou­sands of stu­dents come through the school, as well as a site change in 1992 af­ter it out­grew the Po­letti Road cam­pus and moved to its cur­rent home in Baningan Av­enue.

The school will un­dergo an­other change af­ter Ms Ben­nett an­nounced her re­tire­ment. She said she had en­joyed see­ing the school grow dur­ing her ten­ure.

“I started at the old Jan­dakot Pri­mary School in Beenyup (now Po­letti) Road and there were only 90 stu­dents, whereas now we have in ex­cess of 500,” she said.

“The school went from one brick build­ing, one weath­er­board build­ing (which is now her­itage listed) and four trans­porta­bles into the air­con­di­tioned build­ings we have to­day, com­put­er­i­sa­tion, in­ter­net and tech­nol­ogy.

“(The de­ci­sion to re­tire) was fairly dif­fi­cult as it has be­come a big part of my life and it will be a big change for me.

“I will miss the chil­dren and the staff that I have known for a long time.”

A sec­tion of the li­brary will be re­named the Bev Ben­nett Read­ing Cor­ner.

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Max Schwartz and Ella Campbell with Jan­dakot PS li­brary of­fi­cer Bev­er­ley Ben­nett.

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